Module Identifier PH25310  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Tudor E Jenkins  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Clive A Willson  
Pre-Requisite PH12020 , PH15510  
Course delivery Practical   44 Hours.  
  Other   52 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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory reports100%
Supplementary Assessment 8 hours practical examination100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
  1. set up simple analogue electrical circuits and use standard laboratory equipament 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 student 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:

Module Skills

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.  
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.  
Application of Number Analysis of experimental data will naturally involve application of number.  
Subject Specific Skills Use of laboratory measuring instruments. Errors analysis. Electrical circuit theorems.  

Reading Lists

Dorf, Richard C. (1993.) Introduction to electric circuits. 0471574511
Waterworth, G. (1988.) Work out electronics. 0333458710


This module is at CQFW Level 5