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ELEC1206 Electrical Materials and Fields

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Understand the principles governing electrostatic, electricity and electromagnetism
  • Demonstrate understanding of key network theory concepts for resistive circuits
  • 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

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

Resources & Reading list

Halliday D, Resnick, Walker. Principles of physics. 

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

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

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


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
Continuous Assessment 30%
Final Assessment  70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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