Foundations of Electronics II

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
10 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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),
BENGH615 Robotic Engineering,
BENGH616 Robotic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH617 Robotic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGH618 Robotic Engineering (Including Foundation 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),
BENGH733 Mechatronic Systems (Including Foundation Year),
BSC H737 Mechatronics,
BSC H738 Mechatronics (including Placement Year),
BSC H739 Mechatronics (including Year Abroad),
BSC H717 Robotics,
BSC H718 Robotics (including Placement Year),
BSC H719 Robotics (including Year Abroad)

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

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. calculate inductance for simple component geometries

  2. find the transient and steady state responses of an RC, RL, or RLC 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 RLC networks

  7. design and analyse shunt or series negative feedback amplifier

Module information

Outline Syllabus

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.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, Classes and Laboratories


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Progress test (In person, MCQ Moodle Test, Closed Book)     25% 
Coursework   Foundations of Electronics – Assignment Exercise 1    25% 
Coursework   Foundations of Electronics – Assignment Exercise 2    50% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Francisco Sepulveda, email: f.sepulveda@essex.ac.uk.
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).


Further information

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