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ENG1004 : Electronics and Sensors

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jeffrey Neasham
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Johnston, Dr Nick Coleman, Dr Hashim Hausien
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

Outline Of Syllabus

The analogue part of this module introduces the key concepts of semiconductor devices. Initially, the principles of semiconductor doping and PN junctions will be explored, before diodes, bipolar junction transistors (BJT’s), and metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETS) are introduced. The design, application, and operation of Operational amplifiers (op-amp’s) and op-amp circuits will then be investigated along with their use in typical sensors systems used across the Engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil).

The digital electronics part of this module introduces the Binary and Hexadecimal numbering systems and Binary arithmetic. The key concepts of Boolean algebra, logic gates, and combinational and arithmetic circuits will be explored, whilst truth tables, sequential circuits, flip-flops (both D and RS), finite-state machines, and the implementation of arbitrary sequences, e.g., up-down counters will be introduced.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Summative In-person Digital Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion221:0022:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:001 hr lecture per week (Digital Electronics)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative Online Test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:002 hr lecture per week (Analogue Electronics)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Electronics Lab Practical Session
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities100:305:00Supplementary Recorded Videos
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:001 hr tutorial session per week (Digital Electronics)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study31:003:00Online Digital Logic Practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:3042:30Independent Study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material of the course and give students the opportunity to query the material covered. Problem solving is introduced with set questions within these lecture sessions. Laboratory and online computer sessions provide an opportunity to gain practical experience with a variety of instruments and to validate the theory introduced in the lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination902A100In Person Digital Assessment. 50% Analogue electronics, 50% Digital electronics.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Electronics and Sensors for International Year One Engineering2N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MFormative NUMBAS Assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their ability to solve engineering problems focused on analogue and digital electronics.

The formative assessment allows student to gain experience of online exam questions and to quantify their understanding of the course.

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