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ENG1004 : Electronics and Sensors (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephane Le Goff
  • Demonstrator: Dr Nick Coleman
  • Practical Supervisor: Dr Kabita Adhikari
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to the basic concepts associated with analogue, focusing on the operation of semiconductor devices and circuits. This is followed by an introduction to digital electronics, where students will learn about binary systems and logic circuit design.

Outline Of Syllabus

Analogue electronics: semiconductors, doping, PN Junction, diode, diode circuits, bipolar junction transistor (BJT), BJT circuits (BJT amplifiers, BJT logic inverter, etc.), operational amplifier (op-amp), op-amp circuits.

Digital electronics: binary digits, Boolean algebra, logic gates, combinational circuits, Karnaugh maps, arithmetic circuits, sequential circuits, flip-flops (D, JK, and RS), finite-state machines, up-down counters, shift registers.

Design, application, and operation of typical sample sensors used across the Engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Tutorial sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Scheduled lectures.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Lab report.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for final examination.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Lab experiments.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:3046:30Understanding of concepts and principles outlined in lectures, study lecture notes and tutorials, re
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving and practice are integrated into the lecture structure, while tutorials give students the opportunity to answer more advanced questions to support their learning. The supporting labs give students the opportunity not only to apply the knowledge gained in lectures in practical design projects but also to introduce them to the use of electronic measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital voltmeters, etc.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A90Closed book examination.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M101000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination procedures provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the examination enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding together with their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.

The submission of the lab report not only permits the assessment the specific knowledge associated with a particular project but also the development of communications skills in term of reporting writing and presentation skills.

Reading Lists