Module code: ENG1068

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST 20%
Coursework COURSEWORK 10%
Examination EXAMINATION (2HR) 70%

Alternative Assessment

Summer resit alternative assessment for in semester test – essay.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Normal entry requirements for degree courses in Engineering offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Module overview

First year common module to all programmes in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences. This is an introductory module in electronics for non-electronic/electrical engineering students. It builds a basic understanding of electrical concepts, circuits and instruments relevant to later modules in the course.

Module aims

an introduction to the basic principles and methodologies applied to electrical and electronic circuits

an understanding of the basic electrical concepts and fundamental circuit laws

an understanding of the principles of passive components

basic knowledge for the study of simple dc and ac circuits such as filters

an understanding of sensing elements and different measurement instruments based on electrical/electronic properties

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Define and analyse basic electronic concepts, parameters and components (SM1b) – C,K KC
Understand the fundamental circuit laws and how to use them for the analysis of AC and DC circuits (SM1b) – K K
Understand how basic measurement instruments (voltmeters, current meters and oscilloscopes) work, and their practical limitations (SM1b, P3) – K,P KP
Select and correctly apply the appropriate methods to review relevant problems (SM3b) KC
Collect, simulate, analyse, evaluate, and report the relevant experimental data using relevant computer software (SM1b, SM3b, EA3b, P3) –C,K,T,P KCPT
Apply the electronic principles above to the use of various electronic sensors and transducers and interpret the resulting signals (SM1b, SM3b, EA3b, P3) – C,K KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Passive devices:

Resistors, Ohm's Law, potentiometers, power, Kirchhoff’s Laws, resistor networks
Capacitors, static characteristics, charge, energy storage, time constant, transient response, RC circuits,

Electromagnetic devices

Inductors  static characteristics,  energy storage, time constant, transient response, RL circuits
Interaction of electric and magnetic fields, transformers, relays
Introduction to DC electric motors


Interaction, AC response, peak, RMS, phasors
Dynamic characteristics, power, reactance, phase
Basic waveforms and waveform synthesis by Fourier series, Frequency response

Sensors and transducers

Basic signal characteristics (noise, error, hysteresis, accuracy, repeatability)
Principles of transduction
Basic resistive, capacitive and inductive sensors
Application of sensors to measure key measurands such as temperature, speed, pressure displacement, etc.
Bridge circuits to evaluate sensors

Filter Circuits and Analysis

Simple RC/RL/RLC Filters (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-stop), time constant, analysis of filter circuits, Bode plots, resonant and interference filters

Discrete semiconductors

Diodes, basic semiconductor physics
Diodes as rectifiers (half wave and full wave bridge)
Use of LED, Photodiodes
Bipolar transistors


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce basic electronic principles through theory with worked examples. This is delivered principally through lectures and tutorial classes, where a software tool for the analysis of circuits will be used

The learning and teaching methods include:

2 hours lecture per week x 11 weeks
2 hour tutorials/IT lab (in groups) x 11 weeks
2 hours revision lecture

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematics methods as well as the ability to analyse electronic circuits and describe electronic systems in the final examination. The in-class test allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of basic electronic principles. The lab & tutorial assignment allows students to demonstrate that they can interpret a problem and present a solution clearly and accurately, testing report writing skills as well as their ability to comment critically on their results

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         In-class test    [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]                                        Deadline W7   {20%}

·         Lab & Tutorial Assignment  [Learning outcomes 4, 5, 6, 7]                  Deadline W9   {10%}

·         Examination   [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]                                                    {70%}

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials

·         Written feedback is given on the coursework assessments

Reading list

Reading list for ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTATION 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng1068

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.