Foundations of Electronics II
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BENGH610 Electronic Engineering,
BENGH611 Electronic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH61P Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHP10 Electronic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering,
BENGH615 Robotic Engineering,
BENGH616 Robotic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH617 Robotic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BSC H631 Electronics,
BSC H632 Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC H633 Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH730 Mechatronic Systems,
BENGH731 Mechatronic Systems (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH732 Mechatronic Systems (Including Placement Year)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
||Progress Test 1 - Week 20
||Progress Test 2 - Week 24
||Logbook - Week 24
||Progress Test 3 - Week 25
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
||120 minutes during Autumn Special (Main)
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
Dr Xu Wang
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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