module specification

CT5051 - Advanced Electronics Systems (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Advanced Electronics Systems
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
15 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Group design case study (portfolio)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module builds on the knowledge gained in the first-year module CT4002: Electronic Systems. It aims to introduce some subtle, real-world issues associated with electronic sub-systems by means of carefully chosen group design case study. The group design involves hands-on approach in analysis, design and troubleshooting of mixed-signal systems involving discrete components and ICs (Integrated Circuits).

The module follows a key set of engineering processes such as research skills, systems level analysis and design, circuit simulation, PCB/prototyping, soldering and testing which enable them to understand the real-world aspects of simple but sufficiently involved electronic systems. This laboratory-based module is delivered in such a way that students have a balanced autonomy enabling them to explore personalised learning, creative problem solving, demonstrate and acquire transferable skills.

Prior learning requirements

CT4002: Electronic Systems - completed


Background research and directed independent study on theory and operation of commonly used analogue and digital devices and ICs in context of a given group cases study.

Block diagrams and system representation. Sub-system level modular design, analysis and integration. Appreciation of the applications of both analogue and digital circuits and sub-systems. Datasheets, Wiring diagrams, and Schematics. Application of simulation software (e.g., CircuitWizard, Simetrix, Multisim, TINA) in designing a relatively bigger system than the usual lab experiments. Hands-on skills of breadboard testing and debugging of mixed signal systems. Effective use of laboratory instruments, Prototyping/PCB design and manufacturing process. Health and safety.

Performance analysis of the systems through analytical approaches involving tables, graphs, data processing and visualisation and critical commentary. Evaluation of the impact of solutions to advanced electronic system problems on the environmental and society and consideration of solutions to minimise adverse impacts. Professional documentation and presentation.

Transferable skills, independent and team working and engineering practices (project management, the role of quality management and continuous improvement in the context of complex electronic systems and costing).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Module is delivered once a week in 3-hour session.  Because of the practical nature of this module, module is mainly delivered in lab environment. All groups are directed systematically so that they can appreciate and participate in various stages of group design case study.
A series of short briefings are delivered in context of the given case study to stimulate interactive group discussions. Short briefings are delivered on topics such as theory and operation of relevant electronic devices, applications of CAD tools, technical research and library databases, project management, costing, engineering design cycle, technical writing.

Although, students work in a group, each student is required to keep an individual logbook and record his/her weekly contribution and reflection for tutor’s regular feedback and one to one interaction.
All module material including teaching plan, outline of the group case study, supplementary notes, sample class test, links to key data sheets, YouTube videos 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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

LO1. Demonstrate the various phases of modular systems design approach (i.e., involving simulation, breadboarding, prototyping, integration, testing and troubleshooting) and be able to use appropriate electronic components and equipment recognising their limitations.
LO2. Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial context, change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights and awareness of the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion.
LO3. Evaluation of the impact of solutions to advanced electronic system problems on the environmental and society, and consideration of alternative solutions to minimise adverse impacts.
LO4. Reflect, critically analyse and document various processes in engineering product design cycle considering quality management systems and including change management and continuous improvement.
LO5. Apply and acquire transferable skills such as independent and team working, creative problem solving, flexibility, communication, time management in addition to standard engineering practises

Assessment strategy

Group design case study (LO1-LO5) is assessed as a portfolio submission. Depending on the class size and available resources, portfolio may include logbook notes and reflection, regular engagement, participation on VLE (WebLearn), quality of individual contribution, team working, contribution in documentation of group report / poster, interaction with the group members and lab tutors, project management, continuous assessment of various design stages, class test, artefact demonstration and viva. All these contribute towards final module mark/grade. Although only one report / poster is required per group, it is possible that the members of the same group may obtain distinctly different marks depending on their individual contribution and performance.


Core Text:
• Neil Storey (2017), Electronics: a systems approach (6 ed), Pearson, ISBN: 1292114118
• Owen Bishop (2011), Electronics: circuits and systems (4 ed), Newnes, ISBN: 9780080966359
• Charles Platt (2016), Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1, 2 and 3, Maker Media, ISBN: 9781449334291
• Michael Jay Geier (2016), How to diagnose and fix everything electronic (2 ed), McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9780071848305
• Stuart G. Walesh (2012), Engineering Your Future: The Professional Practice of Engineering (3 ed), Wiley, ISBN-10: 047090044X
• Simon Monk (2015), Fritzing for Inventors: Take Your Electronics Project from Prototype to Product, McGraw-Hill Education TAB, ISBN: 9780071844642
• John M. Nichola (2017), Project management for engineering, business and technology, Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 1317384806
• Dennis Lock (2013), Naked project management: the bare facts, Gower, ISBN: 9781409461067
• Caroline Whitbeck (2011), Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, Cambridge University Press, ISBN:9780511976339

Other Texts:
• Paul Scherz and Simon Monk (2016), Practical Electronics for Inventors (4th ed)), McGraw-Hill Education
• Daniel M. Kaplan, Christopher G. White (2003), Hands-On Electronics: A Practical Introduction to Analog and Digital Circuits, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9780511754579
• Richard Morris (2016), The Fundamentals of Product Design (2nd ed), Fairchild Books, ISBN: 1472578244
• Seggy T Segaran (2014), From Prototype to Product: A Practical Guide for Electronic Engineers, Ohm Books, ISBN: 9780956153791
• Alan Cohen (2015), Prototype to Product: A Practical Guide for Getting to Market, O'Reilly Media, ISBN: 1449362281
• Gregory M. Horine (2013), Project management: absolute beginner's guide, Que, OCLC: ocn827953439
• Stan Gibilisco (2014), Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics (3r ed), McGraw-Hill Education TAB, ISBN: 9780071827799
• Simon Monk (2017), Make Your Own PCBs with Eagle: From Schematic Designs to Finished Boards (2nd ed), McGraw-Hill Education Tab, ISBN: 1260019195
• Joseph Berardi (2017), Electronic Projects for Oscilloscopes, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, ISBN: 197837688x
• Simon Monk (2017), Hacking Electronics: Learning Electronics with Arduino and Raspberry Pi (2 ed), McGraw-Hill Education, ISB: 1260012204
• Robert A. Pease (2008), Analog Circuits (World Class Designs), Newnes, ISBN: 0080569811
• Robert A. Pease (1991), Troubleshooting Analog Circuits, Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN: 148314464X
• Charles Fleddermann (2012), Engineering Ethics (4 ed), Pearson Education, ISBN-10: 1292012528
• Sarah Bell, Caroline Baillie (2011), Engineers, Society, and Sustainability, Morgan & Claypool, ISBN-10: 1608457893

• Every Day Practical Electronics:
• Elektor Labs:
• New Electronics :
• Nuts and Volts:
• Electronics for You:
• magazines/products/efy-magazine-subscription
• Electronics weekly,
• Electronics letters, Institution of Electrical Engineers, ISSN: 0013-5194

• University Library website-
• Subject guides and research support -

Electronic Databases:
• IEEE Xplore / IET Digital Library (IEL) -
• Wiley Online Library -

Social Media Sources: YouTube -

Other: Lynda-