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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Electronics
Module Code TN08001
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Charlotte Holland
Semester 2: Charlotte Holland
Autumn: Charlotte Holland
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module involves hands-on, discovery-learning based tasks to develop foundational knowledge and skills in relation to the underpinning concepts of electricity and electronics. This active learning approach is supplemented by lecture-based theoretical content throughout. The student will be supported throughout the module within a supervised lab-based learning environment, with the aim of developing their confidence, motivations and abilities to undertake self-directed learning activities. This module will prepare the students to take more advanced electronic engineering modules with the necessary fundamentals. Technological products and systems will be explored to investigate how rather than why individual components and subsequent modules interface with other components/modules to perform a specific electronic function. The module will prepare students to develop a detailed understanding of the concepts associated with a number of control systems used in second level technology classrooms to create innovative solutions to technological design tasks. An emphasis will be placed on the associated health and safety consideration for working with electricity, electronic equipment and associated devices. Electronics Tutorial: The electronic technology theory and concepts of the module will be delivered in a tutorial based session, where the relevant concepts and theories will be further explored through practical demonstrations and experiment based activities. In these tutorial sessions, theory content will be delivered through direct instruction methods and subsequently supported by the subject specialist lecturer responsible for the module, who will ensure that the relevant laws of electronics and theoretical constructs are demonstrated through practical applications. Students will be given the opportunity and encouraged to safely engage with resources and devices that will motivate and consolidate their learning. Electronics Practical Lab: Weekly contact time will also include practical electronics lab based sessions, where students will be given problems to consider and solve independently and as part of a team. This will encourage students to apply their learning from the tutorial sessions and question and support each other to come up with solutions to electronics based problem scenarios. This will lead to the students completing a project that will require them to design, assemble and implement an electronic system that will contain fundamental circuit technology and must include introductory sensor technology.

Learning Outcomes

1. Read electronic circuit diagrams and recognise and technically describe the main features of fundamental electronic circuits (e.g. voltage dividers, wheatstone bridge, amplifier circuits, sensing circuits).
2. Apply the associated laws of electronics to manipulate voltages, currents and resistances in electronic circuits.
3. Describe direct and alternating current and outline the safety considerations, theory and functions of rectifiers and transformers.
4. Investigate and describe the Sensing-Logic-Actuation cycle for a range of innovative electronic devices.
5. Design and safely create electronic sensor circuits to suitably power and/or control a range of electronic devices to fulfil the requirements of technological design tasks.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial24Computer Laboratory
Laboratory24Practical Engineering Laboratory
Independent Study77Independent Learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
The module content includes: The International Standards Units for Electronics; An introduction to electricity and electrical concepts e.g. Coulombs, Amperes, Watts and Joules; Basic theory of electrical circuits; an introduction to the concepts of voltage, current and resistance and the relationship between these electronic quantities i.e. Ohm's law; Fundamentals of DC circuit analysis (e.g. Kirchoff’s laws); Series and Parallel circuits; An introduction to diodes, transistors, capacitors and inductors; Sensing-Logic-Actuation Cycle of Autonomous Electronic Devices; Fundamental electronic circuits - voltage dividers, Wheatstone bridge, op-amp circuits, sensing circuits.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentElectronics Lab Assignments: The continuous assessment within this module will involve shared lab reports that students will create as a result of working individually and as a member of a group within the electronics lab. These lab reports will capture the students observations, learnings and results from within the supportive problem-based lab sessions.20%n/a
AssignmentElectronics Project: The remaining CA marks are assigned to an electronics project that will respond to an outlined technological problem.40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Gates, D.,: 2013, Introduction to Basic Electricity and Electronics Technology. Cengage Learning. ISBN 1133948510 ISBN-13 9781133948513,
Other Resources

58994, Website, 0, https://www.makerspaces.com/basic-electronics/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BEDTEGBachelor of Education - TEG Post Primary

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