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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: EEE1023 Module Title: ELECTRONICS III
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEE1.EL3
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: JACKSON PJ Dr (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Autumn and Spring Semesters
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark(%)
Tutorial Peer Assessment Scheme
Module Overview

The module offers an introduction to understanding and application of mechanics, fields, and materials that are important to the discipline of electronic engineering.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamentals of applied mechanics, electronic and magnetic fields, materials and their electronic properties, and waves including acoustics. The module will enable students from diverse A-level and non A-level backgrounds to reach a common level of knowledge and understanding.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to: 


  • Identify and apply appropriate mathematical tools to analyse mechanical problems common to electronic engineering.


  • Analyse solutions and models for consistency using dimensional analysis.


  • Demonstrate the application of electrostatic models to describe fields, forces and energy on charges and in devices.


  • Demonstrate the application of magnetostatic models to charged particles, currents and in ferromagnetism.


  • Discuss bonding between elements and within examples of insulators, metals and semiconductors.


  • Describe the main properties of semiconductors and how they can be utilised in devices.


  • Predict and discuss the basic properties of waves and their propagation.
  • Apply basic theorems to describe the acoustics of examples including rooms, instruments, and voices.
Module Content

Semester 1


Part A Engineering Mechanics (PJ)


International System of Measurement.  Quantities, units, and dimensions.  Elementary dimensional analysis.


[2 lectures]



Laws of kinematics.  Newtonian Mechanics:  Force, mass, momentum and Newton ’s Second Law.  Kepler’s Laws.  


[3 lectures]



Laws of angular motion.  Resolution of forces.  Definitions of work and power.  Kinetic energy.  Potential energy as stored energy, and simple examples.


 [2 lectures]



Law of Conservation of Energy.  Mechanical oscillators.  Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM).


 [3 lectures]


Part B Fields and Charges (RJC)




Electric charge, static electricity & current/Coulomb, Fields (conception of scalar vs basic vector) & field lines. Field strength & potential, potential gradients in uniform fields. Capacitance (fields, forces, energy) & dielectrics. Coulombs law (test charges, Force vs strength vs potential, work moving charge).


[5 lectures]





Permanent magnets (fields, attraction/repulsion etc) & dc currents (wires, solenoids etc). Magnetic field strength (solenoids, wires, left hand rule, perpendicular components etc). The ampere (definition using two parallel wires). Coil meters and dc motors. Charged particles in magnetic fields. Hall effect. Ferromagnetism (relative permeability).


[5 lectures]



Semester 2


Part A Acoustics (PJ)


Fundamentals of acoustic waves, the decibel, sound pressure level.


Human hearing, sensitivity and masking.  Acoustic measurement and specification.


[5 lectures]



Reflection and transmission/isolation of acoustic waves.  Impulse responses and resonances.  Physical acoustics and examples.


 [5 lectures]



Part B Materials (KJK)


Structure of the atom (nucleus, electrons, shells). Ionic bonding (electrostatics). Covalent bonding, Metallic bonding (free electrons). Van der Waals. Insulators, metals and semiconductors (basic definitions/properties/energy bands/Fermi level).


[4 lectures]



Intrinsic (Si, Ge etc), Extrinsic (donor/acceptor, n-type, p-type). Direct/indirect semiconductors (absorption, emission, phonons). p-n junctions & diodes (principle of basic operation, Zener, LED, photodiode). Charge mobility, current transport mechanisms, resistivity and the Hall effect.


[6 lectures]

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, tutorial problems, group working, peer and self marking, formative test and feedback

Selected Texts/Journals
Ohanian, H.C. “Physics” W.W. Notron and Company. (Library 53/OHA)
Stroud, K.A. “Engineering Maths” Macmillan. (Library 62.01)
Tipler Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1-57259-673-2 W H Freeman & Co
Breithaupt Physics 0-333-73302-9 MacMillan
James, Glyn, 2001: Modern Engineering Mathematics (London : Prentice Hall)
Angus, J. and Howard, D. 1996: Acoustics & Psychoacoustics (Focal Press)
Rossing, T. D. 1990: The Science of Sound (Addison-Wesley)
Everest, F. A. 1994: The Master Handbook of Acoustics (TAB Books)

Moore, B. C. J. 1989: An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing (Academic Press)

Last Updated

12 August 2010