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ELEC1206 Electrical Materials and Fields

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the course is to introduce basic topics in mechanics, fields and waves for use in subsequent courses on devices, electricity and magnetism and optoelectronics. The behaviours of materials under electric and magnetic fields are explained. The course is an illustrated application of the physics ideas in technology.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Demonstrate understanding of key network theory concepts for resistive circuits
  • Understand the principles governing electrostatic, electricity and electromagnetism
  • Have basic knowledge of electrical materials and their behaviour to electromagnetic fields
  • Develop knowledge of energy storage, batteries and sustainable energy
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply underlying principles to solve practical problems
  • Use mathematical skills to analyse real problems
  • Meet this module's contribution to the subject specific intellectual learning outcomes of ELEC1029
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Have ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
  • Understand engineering principles and apply them to analyse key engineering processes
  • Record and report laboratory work
  • Undertake laboratory experiment as part of a small team
  • Meet this module's contribution to the transferable and generic learning outcomes of ELEC1029
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify material applications based on its behaviours under electromagnetic fields
  • Perform range of electrical measurements on dc motor performance
  • Relate B-H loop to hysteresis loss of magnetic materials
  • Meet this module's contribution to the subject specific practical learning outcomes of ELEC1029


Oscillations and Waves - Simple harmonic oscillation - Coupled oscillators - Wave equation - Interference of waves - Standing waves and resonance - Transmissions lines - Optical waveguiding - Electromagnetic waves Electromagnetism - Electric Charge and Coulomb's Law. - Electric field and flux. - Gauss Law and its application - Electric Potential and equipotential surfaces - Capacitance and Capacitors inc. ultracapacitors - Current, Resistance, Resistors inc. temperature coefficient - Circuits and power dissipation - Magnetic Fields and Hall effect - Magnetic fields due to current and Ampere's law - Inductance, Inductors, and Faraday's law - Magnetism of Matter (inc. hysteresis) and Maxwell equations

Learning and Teaching

Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Wider reading or practice28.25
Completion of assessment task5.75
Follow-up work24
Total study time162

Resources & Reading list

Kasap S O (1997). Principles of Electrical Engineering Materials and Devices. 

Hammond, P. (1997). Electromagnetism for Engineers - An Introductory Course. 

Anderson J C, Lever K D, Alexander J M & Rawlings R D (1990). Materials Science. 

Halliday D, Resnick, Walker. Principles of physics. 


Assessment Strategy

The technical labs relate to Ferromagnetic Materials and Performance Characteristics of DC Motors, addressing the above-listed learning outcomes. The technical labs are conducted under the umbrella of the zero-credit ELEC1029 but the marks contribute towards this module only. Skills labs are conducted under the umbrella of the zero-credit ELEC1029 module and address its learning outcomes. The marks contribute to a number of ELEC12xx modules, including this one.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 5%
Coursework 5%
Exam  (1 hours) 35%
Exam  (1 hours) 35%
Skills Laboratories 10%
Technical Laboratories 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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