Foundations of Electronics II

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring Special
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module


CE266, CE267

Key module for

BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering

Module description

This module is the second of two concerned with scientific and engineering foundations on which electronics is based. It builds on the fundamentals treated in Foundations of Electronics I to discuss the principles on which frequency sensitive components operate in circuits.

Module aims

The aim of this module are to study frequency dependent components in circuits and how their properties can be calculated and designed. Basic properties of active circuits and the principles of feedback are introduced, and these are illustrated in laboratory practical work.

Upon completion of this module, students should have extended their understanding of electronic principles to handle basic transient and frequency responses in simple RC, RL or RLC networks and to be able to design a simple negative feedback amplifier.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. calculate capacitance or inductance for simple component geometries
2. find the transient response of an RC or RL network
3. explain how diodes and transistors work
4. design a simple regulated power supply using zener stabilization
5. analyse or design electromotive parameters of a transducer
6. apply phasors to analyse R/L/C networks
7. design and analyse shunt or series negative feedback amplifier

Module information

Outline Syllabus

Surface charge and capacitance; use of Gauss's theorem to determine capacitance; electric energy storage; voltage as integral effect of charge.

Dynamical behaviour of inductances and capacitances; series and parallel combinations. Basic RC and RL networks, response to a step impulse. Alternating currents; concept of r.m.s. quantities. Rates of change and integrals of sinusoidal signals;

Phasors, and radian frequency. Frequency responses of RC and RL networks. Phase lag and lead, and the relation to energy dissipation and storage. Power measurement. LCR circuits and resonance.

Diodes and transistors: types; physical principles; characteristic curves; operational ranges;

DC Power supplies.

Active circuits: the operational amplifier. Negative feedback, shunt and series configurations; virtual earth concept. Measurement of gain; logarithmic concept of gain and the decibel; The analogue integrator and other operations.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, Classes and Laboratories


  • Floyd, Thomas L.; Buchla, David M. (c2010) Electronics fundamentals: circuits, devices, and applications, Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Progress Test 1 - Week 20 25%
Coursework Progress Test 2 - Week 24 25%
Coursework Logbook - Week 24 25%
Coursework Progress Test 3 - Week 25 25%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Francisco Sepulveda
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 30 (68.2%) hours available to students:
14 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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