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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: EEE2026 Module Title: ELECTRONIC VI
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEE2026
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: SAAJ CM 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( %)
2 hour closed book examination
Module Overview
The module is divided into four distinct sections.  The electromagnetic theory section builds on the HE Level 1 electromagnetics content, dealing with similar topics, but in greater depth.  The devices section of the module provides foundations in device physics, practical device characteristics and their use in electronic circuits. The analogue electronics section of the module deals with devices associated with power electronics related devices, complementing the final part of the module that concerns machines and power.
An adequate grasp of Electronics I, II, and III at HE Level 1.
Module Aims
i) To expand on the electromagnetic theory delivered previously and its relevance in Radio Frequency, high speed digital and microwave engineering and product design at circuit level. To appreciate the limitations of circuit theory.
ii) To introduce electronic device operation, including power devices. The design and operation of electronic devices will be used in examples to illustrate how the physics of operation and material properties are transformed into engineering products.
iii) To cover the principles of electrical machines, fundamentals of power electronics conversion and energy issues.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the students should be able to:
i)                    interpret Maxwell's equations in vector form
ii)                   describe the limitations of circuit theory
iii)                 interpret equations written in vector calculus form, and have a basic idea on how to manipulate them
iv)                 present a reasonable description of electromagnetic wave propagation
v)                  discuss the principles behind transformers and motors
vi)                 calculate the impedance of a data transmission line
vii)               apply electromagnetic theory to improve the EMC of electronic equipment.
viii)              relate experimentally observed phenomena to the properties of semiconductors;
ix)                 explain basics of charge transport in semiconductors and relevance to electronic devices
x)                  describe the operation of simple power supplies.
xi)                 discuss key semiconductor devices (including high power devices) and explain their operation;
xii)               apply the principle of thermodynamics and electromagnetism for power conversion.
xiii)              describe the basic principles of operation of a range of electrical machines.
xiv)             demonstrate a basic competence in performance calculations for generators, DC machines, universal motors, transformers and induction motors.
xv)               describe the basic operation of conventional and non-conventional power generation systems.
xvi)             demonstrate an awareness of the world energy crisis and renewable energy sources.  
xvii)    develop a working knowledge of basic power converters that forms the basis of the level 3 power electronics module.
Module Content

Devices: 10 Hours (Prof. R. Silva)



[1-4]  Formation of energy bands and review of carriers in semiconductors: distribution function, , density of states, carrier distributions, intrinsic/extrinsic semiconductors, doping, n-type and p-type carriers.


[5]      Semiconductor theory: band and E-k diagrams and the concept of direct and indirect band gaps, effective mass.


[6-7]   The Fermi level. Maxwell-Boltzman and Fermi-Dirac distributions. Calculations of charge density.


[8]       Introduction to charge carrier dynamics


[9]       Introduction to Transistors


[10]     Device scaling & Moore ’s Law. Introduction to scaling.



Electromagnetic Theory: 10 Hours (Prof. R. Silva)


 [1]          Principle of superposition, grad V, del operator, free charges, conductors, electric flux density D, Gauss's law   


[2]           Point form of Gauss's law, Laplace ’s equation


[3]           Capacitance, dielectrics, polarisation, permittivity, loss mechanisms


[4-5]        Magnetic field and flux density B, permeability, ferromagnetics


[6]           B-H loop, loss mechanisms, magnetic circuits


[7]           Ampere's circuital law, H inside and outside a conductor, point form and curl H


[8]           Boundary conditions for magnetic fields


[9-10]      Maxwell equations




Analogue Electronics: 10 Hours (Dr. C. Saaj)



[1]    Transistor Amplifiers  and classes of amplifiers (recap)


[2-3]  Power supplies: Transformers, diodes and regulators.


[4-5]  Power electronic devices: transistors, thyristors, triacs.


[6-7]  Switched mode power supplies.


[8-9]  Oscillators


[10]   Problem Based Learning




Machines and Power: 10 Hours (Dr. C. Saaj)



[1]  Energy Conversion, Loss & Rating: Units, Work, Power and Energy, Elementary thermodynamics, Losses and Efficiency of electrical machines.


[2-3]   Magnetism and Electromagnetism: Induced EMF,  Magnetic flux,  Electromagnetic induction and Energy in an inductor and capacitor, Problem Based Learning.


 [4]    AC Fundamentals: Generation of AC voltage and currents, EMF equation, Phase, RMS value, Series AC circuit, Introduction to three phase systems.


[5]  Generators: Fundamentals of DC generator, Types of generators, Hysteresis and Eddy current loss, Difference between DC and AC generator.


[6-7]  DC Motor: Motor principle, Comparison of generator and motor action, Voltage equation of a motor, Torque production, Problem Based Learning.


[8]    Universal Motor: AC series motor, Operation of universal motor, Speed/Load characteristics, Applications and speed control.


[9]   Induction Motor: General principle, Construction and advantages, rotating magnetic field, Slip, Frequency of rotor current, Starting Torque.


[10] Power Generation: Conventional power generation and Renewable energy sources, wind, wave, solar.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, tutorials and private study. Lecture notes and other additional material will be provided.
Selected Texts/Journals
C. Saaj
Lecture Notes
Electric Machines, Drives, and Power Systems (6th Ed.)
Electric Motors and Drives (3rd Ed.)
Principles of Electric Machines and Power Electronics (2nd Ed.)
Sze, S.M.
Physics of Semiconductor Devices
Kano, K
Semiconductor Devices
Kraus, J.D.
Electromagnetics with Applications 5th Edition                      
McGraw Hill      
Griffiths D.J.
Introduction to Electrodynamics
Prentice Hal      
An Introduction to Applied Electromagnetism
Last Updated

12 August 2010