Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Assessment Type | Unit of Assessment | Weighting % |
Coursework | Electonics Coursework | 25 |
Coursework | Signal Processing Coursework | 25 |
Examination | Examination (2 Hours) | 50 |
Alternative Assessment
As this module involves Continuous Assessment, it is not feasible to run an identical resit of this aspect during the Summer vacation. In view of this, if you fail the Electronics coursework you will be asked to complete an additional experiment during the Summer vacation and write a lab report, which will be assessed.
Qualifying condition(s):
This module is core and will require you to pass every unit of assessment with a mark of at least 40%.
Module Overview
This module will introduce you to circuit theory, analogue electronics, and audio signal processing using a combination of theory and application, to give you the background needed for a wide range of the technical modules in each year of the Tonmeister programme.
Prerequisites/Co-requisites
• None for Tonmeister students.
Module Aims
This module aims to:
• introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics.
• encourage a technical awareness that will be of general use throughout your career.
• build on previous mathematical knowledge and understanding to provide the relevant mathematical and signal processing background for modules in Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Sound Synthesis and Audio Engineering.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
(a) Use Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems. (C, K)
(b) Discuss the concepts of input impedance and output impedance. (C, K)
(c) Explain the concept of ideal voltage and current sources. (C, K)
(d) Explain the concept of ideal voltmeters and ammeters. (C, K)
(e) Explain the concept of input and output impedance of a circuit. (C, K)
(f) Explain the relationship between power, voltage and current. (C, K)
(g) Recognise different types of time dependent signals. (C, K)
(h) Calculate power and RMS values for alternating voltage and current. (C, K)
(i) Describe the behaviour of capacitors and inductors in DC and AC circuits. (C, K)
(j) Explain the concepts of reactance and impedance. (C, K)
(k) Apply complex (j) notation and phasor diagrams to AC circuits. (C, K)
(l) Apply pulse and step functions to RC, RL and RCL circuits. (C, K)
(m) Explain the concept of frequency response for a circuit. (C, K)
(n) Construct and analyse the behaviour of basic electronic circuits. (C, K)
(o) Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator. (C, K)
(p) Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form. (C, K, T)
(q) Perform simple arithmetic operations on complex numbers; plot complex numbers on an Argand diagram; recognise the Cartesian, polar and exponential forms and convert complex numbers between the different forms; represent simple harmonic signals as complex phasors. (C, K)
(r) Perform simple operations on matrices and use matrices to solve systems of linear equations. (C, K)
(s) Differentiate and integrate functions of a single variable. (C, K)
(t) Be able to manipulate signals involving the Dirac delta function, including the sifting property. (C, K)
(u) Use the Fourier transform to represent a signal in both the time domain and the frequency domain. (C, K)
(v) Use Matlab to plot signals (C, K, T)
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills
Module Content
The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:
• 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.
• The use of electronics test and measurement equipment.
• Complex numbers.
• Matrices.
• Differentiation and integration.
• The Dirac delta function.
• The Fourier transform.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: further develop skills and knowledge in
analogue electronics, circuit analysis, and signal processing, allowing modules in later years to
build on this knowledge.
The learning and teaching methods include:
• Two two-hour lectures per week
• Five three-hour laboratory sessions
• Guided reading
• Coursework assignments and feedback
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and
develop your knowledge and understanding of electronics (Electronics Coursework and exam),
and audio signal processing (Audio Signal Processing Coursework and exam).
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 you in tutorials and throughout the laboratory sessions, and in the form of regular
revision questions in lectures.
Feedback
Verbal feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments. Written feedback will be given on the
coursework assignments.
Assessment Strategy
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your knowledge and understanding of electronics (Electronics Coursework and exam), and audio signal processing (Audio Signal Processing Coursework and exam).
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 you in tutorials and throughout the laboratory sessions, and in the form of regular revision questions in lectures.
Feedback
Verbal feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments. Written feedback will be given on the coursework assignments.
Reading List
TON1019: ELECTRONICS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING A
Last Updated
04 October 2016 by GODFREY L Miss (Qual. Enh. & S)