CT4002 - Electronics Systems (2023/24)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2023/24|
|Module title||Electronics Systems|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
The module is designed to introduce the most common electronics devices and their applications in small-scale systems. The module is divided into two broad sections of analogue and digital electronics. The module is based on formal seminar/lecture sessions followed by comprehensive practical/tutorial sessions in both areas which provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in using and applying the laboratory’s test and measurement equipment/simulators.
The aims of the module are as follows:
1. 1. To familiarise students with commonly used electronic components, standard laboratory test and measurement equipment and their usage in designing/analysing, building, and testing simple electronic circuits/systems.
2. 2. To introduce students to circuit simulation software and develop an awareness of its strengths and limitations
3. 3. To introduce students to the electronics and measurement techniques through practical approach and provide scope for putting theory into practice and develop investigation/analysis skills that exemplify core electrical and measuring principles relevant to the course.
4. 4. To develop the ability to write a well-structured, concise and thoughtful logbook / report / poster.
5. To develop the ability to work independently as well as in team
Prior learning requirements
Completed Level 3 in relevant area
Electronic devices - theory, operation and applications: resistors and Ohm’s law, capacitors, inductors, semiconductors and P-N junction, diodes, transistors, OpAmps, logic gates and Boolean algebra, flip-flops etc.
Simple systems - analysis, design: passive filters, amplifiers, powers supply, combinational logic circuits, timers, counters, displays etc.
Laboratory skills: Usage and operation of Digital multimeter, Power supply, Waveform generator, Oscilloscope, Breadboard, LCR meter, Soldering iron, Stripboards, Cutters & Pliers, Circuit simulation software (e.g., CircuitWizard), Laboratory code of conduct and Health and safety.
Study and transferable skills: Reflective learning, Academic skills, Independent and group working.
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
The module is usually delivered once a weekly in 3-hours session. The material is delivered through a series of introductory formal lectures. Formal lectures provide the theoretical base for the subject. A series of progress tests (formative in nature) are given for continuous self-assessment and to prepare students for the final examination.
The module is heavily supported with formal laboratory sessions in line with module aims and learning objectives. Students work individually (logbook) and in groups (Group Design Case-Study) during the laboratory sessions. Students are encouraged to keep a logbook for reflective learning. A summative assessment component ‘Learning Reflection Essay’ is designed to formally initiate students in this process.
All module material including teaching plan, lecture notes, laboratory handouts, progress / sample tests and up to date reading lists are made available through University’s VLE - Weblearn.
Office hours are made available for one-to-one problem solving and some directed independent learning.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
• LO1. Understand the fundamentals of circuit theory to design electronic circuits.
• LO2. Explain the operational behaviour of passive and semiconductor components and their application in the design of some relatively complex analogue and digital electronic circuit, e.g., analogue filter, amplifier, digital counter, etc., for a given specification and considering minimising adverse impact of the electronics design on the environment and society.
• LO3. Gain practical experience of designing, building, testing and debugging of electronic circuits using appropriate electronic components and laboratory equipment, recognising their limitations, and using appropriate circuit simulation software tools and technical literature. Discussed will be the importance and applications of quality management systems and principles, and the need for continuous design improvement as well as laboratory code of conduct, health & safety, sustainability, ethical working and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights.
• LO4. Work independently and in a group on laboratory tasks and group design case-study giving due consideration to effective time management, planning and managing tasks & resources, changing technical and team scenarios, quality of the artefact while adopting an inclusive approach to engineering practice and recognise the responsibilities, benefits and importance of supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.
• LO5. Develop study and transferable skills such as reflective learning and reflective self-learning as a part of continuous professional development (CPD), logbook keeping, critical thinking, accessing learning resources including library facilities, effective communication with the team and tutors.
The module is assessed through reflective learning, individual practical work, group design case-study and a formal exam.
Learning Reflection Essay (20%): As part of PISO Action 2017-18, students will submit a Part -1 of “Learning Reflection Essay” in week 7 based on the feedback received from all Level - 4 modules in week 5. Students are required to complete and submit Part -2 of the essay along with final submission of logbook and group design case study for this assessment component to be counted towards module grading. [LO5 in part]
Group Design Case-study & Logbook (50%): In the first semester, students undertake a series of core laboratory activities that are recorded individually by all students in their logbooks. The laboratory work provides a sound base for second semester’s Group Design Case-study where a group of 3 or 5 students are encouraged to go through various stages of the engineering design cycle for a given problem. The group work includes an oral presentation. Students are offered catch-up sessions and are also encouraged to use Wednesday’s open access laboratory in order to complete the missing laboratory work before final submission deadline. [LO3 to LO5 mainly].
Final Exam (30%) This final comprehensive exam assesses the depth and breadth of the theoretical grasp of various building blocks of analogue and digital circuits [LO1, LO2 mainly]
• Neil Storey (2017), Electronics: A Systems Approach (6thed), Pearson, ISBN: 1292114118, http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b2031171~S1
• Tom Duncan (1997), Electronics for today and tomorrow, Hodder Education
• Thomas L Floyd (2015), Digital fundamentals (11thed or later), Pearson, ISBN: 1292075996, http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1792235~S1
• Owen Bishop (2011), Electronics - Circuits and Systems (4thed), Newnes
• Thomas L. Floyd (2018), Electronic devices: conventional current version (10 ed), Pearson Education, ISBN:1292223014, http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1897655~S1
• Cathleen Shamieh (2015), Electronics for Dummies (3rd ed), John Wiley & Sons
• David Crecraft, David Gorham (2003), Electronics (2nded), CRC Press
• Mitchel E. Schultz (2016), Grob’s Basic Electronics (12thed or later), McGraw-Hill Education, ISBN: 0073373877
• Charles Platt (2012), Encyclopaedia of electronic components - Volume 1, Maker Media, ISBN: 1449333850, http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1891098~S1
• Keith Brindley (2011), Starting Electronics, Newnes, ISBN: 9780080969930
• Stan Gibilisco and Simon Monk (2016), Teach yourself electricity and electronics (6 ed), McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 1259585530, http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b2031169~S1
• Massimo Banzi and Michael Shiloh (2014), Make: getting started with Arduino (3 ed), Maker Media, http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1792343~S1
Magazines and Journals
Every Day Practical Electronics: http://www.epemag3.com/index.html
Elektorlabs magazine: http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1899622~S1
New Electronics: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/digital-magazine/
Nuts and Volts: https://www.nutsvolts.com/magazine
Electronics for You: https://grab.electronicsforu.com/collections/grab-magazines/products/efy-magazine-subscription
University Library website:
Subject guides and research support:
IEEE Xplore / IET Digital Library (IEL):
Wiley Online Library:
Social Media Sources