Module code: FVP1002

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH A Mr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 48

Laboratory Hours: 15

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 50%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is intended to introduce circuit theory, analogue electronics and signal processing using a combination of theory and application. This will provide the background needed for a wide range of the technical modules in each year of the programme.

Module aims

introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics

build on existing mathematical knowledge and understanding to provide the relevant mathematical and signal processing background for later modules

encourage a technical awareness which will be of use throughout the student's career

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Use Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems KCP
Discuss the concepts of input impedance and output impedance  KCT
Explain the concept of ideal voltage and current sources KCT
Explain the concept of ideal voltmeters and ammeters KCT
Explain the concept of input and output impedance of a circuit KCT
Explain the relationship between power, voltage and current KCT
Recognise different types of time dependent signals KCT
Calculate power and RMS values for alternating voltage and current KCP
Describe the behaviour of capacitors and inductors in DC and AC circuits  KCT
Explain the concepts of reactance and impedance KCT
Apply complex (j) notation and phasor diagrams to AC circuits  KCP
Apply pulse and step functions to RC, RL and RCL circuits KCP
Explain the concept of frequency response for a circuit KCT
Construct and analyse the behaviour of basic electronic circuit KCP
Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator  KCP
Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form KCPT
Explain why the decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two's compliment formats are commonly used in audio and video engineering, perform simple arithmetic operations in each format and convert numbers between the different formats KCP
Perform simple arithmetic operations on complex numbers; plot complex numbers on an Argand diagram; recognize the Cartesian, polar and exponential forms and convert complex numbers between the different forms; represent simple harmonic signals as complex phasors KCP
Perform simple operations on matrices and use matrices to manipulate colour spaces KCP
Differentiate and integrate functions of a single variable KCP
Calculate the Fourier series of a periodic signal  KCP
Apply the Fourier transform to audio signals KCP
Programming skills PT
Problem solving T
Laboratory skills PT
Group work skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Current and voltage definitions, resistive elements, Kirchhoff’s laws & Ohm’s law
Network reduction, analysis techniques and theorems
Resistive networks (series & parallel), voltage & current sources, Thevenin & Norton equivalent circuits, current and voltage division, input resistance, output resistance
Energy storage elements, capacitance & inductance. AC circuit elements
Alternating current, simple ac steady-state sinusoidal analysis
Components vs elements
Power dissipation & RMS, phasor diagrams
Introduction to complex number representation
Definition of complex impedance and use with complex numbers
AC circuit analysis with complex numbers: introduction to mesh and nodal analysis
Time response (natural & step responses)
Frequency response RLC circuits, resonance & Q-factor
Use of differential equations and their solutions
Simple filter and band-pass circuits
Introduction to second order circuit
Use of Bode plots
Electronic circuit construction; familiarisation with electronic components
Use of electronics test and measurement equipment
Number systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two’s compliment
Complex numbers
Differentiation and integration
Fourier series and the Fourier transform

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop skills and knowledge in analogue electronics and circuit analysis, allowing later modules to build on this knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Two two-hour lectures per week (weeks 1 to 11 plus one revision lecture in week 12).

Five three-hour laboratory sessions. Students are split into two groups meeting on alternating weeks (weeks 1 – 10).

Guided reading.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of electronics and circuit analysis. Continuous assessment and feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Electronics Coursework – one written assignment answering practical problems, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 1-16).

Audio Signal Processing Coursework – two signal processing assignments consisting of mathematical problems (addresses learning outcomes 17-22).

2hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-13 & 17-21).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and throughout seminar and practical workshops.


Verbal feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments.

Reading list

Reading list for ELECTRONICS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/fvp1002

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.