Electronic System Design and Integration

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
30 January 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC H61012 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module provides first-hand experience of the design simulation and production of complex electronic circuits. A word specification is provided for a consumer electronics device for which a prototype is designed using reference and first principles.

The circuit is then simulated and tested in Multisim to verify operation. Once satisfactory, a hardware prototype is developed on a prototype medium e.g. breadboard and tested in real-world conditions. Then using PCB design software, a PCB is designed and populated to produce the final product.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamentals behind PCB design, procurement and population. Boards will be designed and prototyped on simulators such as Multisim and students will experience the complete design cycle from description to testing.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Design a complex electronic circuit from reference and first principles

2. Perform complex analysis of electronic circuits in simulators exemplified by Multisim

3. Design construct, produce and critically evaluate PCB based system

4. Populate test and fault find a printed circuit board

5. Demonstrate basic hand skills

6. Demonstrate proficiency in testing electronic systems

Module information

Outline Syllabus

1. The use of reference and legacy circuits in the design of an electronic system
2. PCB production cycle
3. Transient, impulse, DC, AC, frequency and noise analysis using Multisim
4. Fourier analysis
5. Iterative design loop
6. Auto and manual placement and routing of electronic components
7. PCB layout considerations and constraints
8. PCB board inspection and validation
9. Soldering and basic hand skills
10. Prototyping of electronic circuits using breadboard, wirewrap and veroboard
11. Testing and validation
12. Analogue and digital modelling
13. The use of fast prototyping for housing and containers

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and laboratories


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1     50.00% 
Coursework   Assignment 2     50.00% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr John Woods, email: woodjt@essex.ac.uk.
Dr John Woods
School Office, e-mail csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770.



External examiner

Dr Rong Qu
The University of Nottingham
Associate Professor
Dr Marios Angelopoulos
Bournemouth University
Principal Academic
Available via Moodle
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0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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