Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 44 Hours.
Other 56 Hours. general research and report writing
Workload Breakdown (Every 10 credits carries a notional student workload of 100 hours) 44 hours practical, 56 hours general research and report writing


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory Reports  40%
Semester Assessment Laboratory Tests x 2 (20% each)  40%
Semester Assessment Laboratory Diary  20%
Supplementary Assessment 8 hours practical examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. set up simple analogue electrical circuits and use standard laboratory equipment to measure properties of those circuits.
  2. simulate the operation of such circuits using computer programmes
  3. design, construct and characterise simple analogue amplifier circuits


Experimentation is the bedrock of the Physical Sciences and instrumentation is the technology of experimentation. Signals detected by modern transducers are usually in the form of electric currents or voltages and the ability to process such signals is of paramount importance to a physicist. This module will instruct students in this field.

Brief description

This course will instruct students in the practical implementation of passive and active analogue systems and in the analysis and interpretation of data measured.


Circuit Theorems:
  • Kirchoff, Thevenin, Superposition, Nodal Analysis
  • Frequency and time response of RL, RC and RLC circuits
  • Diodes and power supplies
  • Operational amplifiers: Inverting, non-inverting and differential amplifiers
  • Simple active filters
  • The transistor as an amplifier

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Analysis of experimental data will naturally involve application of number.
Communication Assessment is by several formal written reports
Information Technology All reports will be word-processed. In addition, students will use programmes to simulate the behaviour of their electrical circuits prior to constructing them.
Problem solving Students will be expected to design electrical circuits to solve simple practical problems
Research skills There will be some simple circuit design exercises. Students will need to research these in the library and on the Web.
Subject Specific Skills Use of laboratory measuring instruments. Errors analysis. Electrical circuit theorems.

Reading List

General Text
Horowitz (April 1995) The Art of Electronics 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5