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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module ENGI2161: Electronics and Design

Department: Engineering

ENGI2161: Electronics and Design

Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2014/15 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to H100


  • As specified in programme regulations.


  • As specified in programme regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations.


  • This module is designed solely for students studying School of Engineering and Computing Science MEng degree programmes.
  • It provides a working knowledge of Electronics and Engineering Design.


  • Electronics: Analogue electronic circuits, Digital electronics, Logic and microprocessor design, Instrumentation, Measurement and signal processing.
  • Design: aspects of feasibility, product design and report.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • At the end of the year the student should be able demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theory and application of Engineering Electronics
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Selection and application of appropriate analysis techniques.
  • The student will have skills associated with all of the generic stages involved in the planning and development of an engineering design programme from its concept to the detail design.
  • Observation and recording of experimental data.
  • Preparation of technical report.
  • Technical presentation.
  • The competent and safe use of laboratory equipment.
  • Understanding of risk assessment and COSHH.
Key Skills:
  • Numerical skills.
  • Teamworking.
  • Time and resource management.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The course in Electronics is covered by lectures which are reinforced by seminars and by weekly problem sheets, leading to the required problem solving capability. The assessment of this element is by written examination which enables each student to demonstrate an ability to analyse and solve new problems.
  • The design element is part of a package of lectures and a substantial group design projects which provides supervised, experience based learning. The assessment of this element is based upon a written report but with all aspects of the project taken into consideration including oral presentation, teamworking and initiative.
  • A laboratory programme provides formative, hands-on experience in the subject area of electronics.
  • Students are able to make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one-to-one basis. These are sign up sessions available for up to one hour per week.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Analogue electronics lectures 12 1 Hour 12
Instrumentation systems lectures 9 1 Hour 9
Digital electronics lectures 21 1 per week 1 Hour 21
Design project lectures 2 2 Hours 4
Tutorial Hours as required weekly sign up sessions up to 1 hour 8
Design seminars 12 1 Hour 12
Electronics labs 5 1st and 2nd term 3 Hours 15
Problem classes 3 1 Hour 3
Preparation and Reading 116
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Electronics 2 [Analogue Electronics, Instrumentation Systems, Digital Electronics] 2 hours 100% yes
Component: Assessment Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Design project assessment 100% yes

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University