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ELEC1213 Sensor Interfaces

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 ideal building blocks of circuit theory and the key ideas in circuits, such as impedance, power and resonance.
  • Analyse ideal analogue AC circuits using complex numbers and phasors.
  • Analyse transient behaviour in RC and RL circuits in the time domain.
  • Understand and design circuits containing transistors and op-amps
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select appropriate mathematical tools for the solution of problems in circuits.
  • Confidently design, construct and test analogue circuits in the laboratory.
  • Meet this module's contribution to the subject specific intellectual learning outcomes of ELEC1029.
  • Appreciate the importance of linearising systems, and the use of linear models
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake laboratory experiment safely
  • Record and report laboratory work.
  • 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:

  • Analyse ideal analogue circuits experimentally and using simulation software.
  • Meet this module's contribution to the subject specific practical learning outcomes of ELEC1029


---Principles of circuit analysis: Ideal circuit elements: resistors, inductors and capacitors, voltage and current sources Source free and complete response of RL and RC circuits Types of dependent source including the operational amplifier and bipolar transistors as applications of dependent sources Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws Mutual inductance The superposition theorem and linearity. ---Mesh and nodal analysis Mesh analysis for circuits with voltage sources and resistors Matrix notation for mesh equations Gaussian elimination Nodal analysis for circuits with current sources and resistors Analysis of circuits with both current and voltage sources Mesh and nodal analysis with dependent sources Superposition with dependent sources ---AC Theory Properties of sine waves (oscillators) Sinusoidal excitation of RL and RC circuits: phase and amplitude of 1st order lead and lag Impedance and admittance AC analysis of RLC circuits Resonant RLC circuits, coupled resonators Q factor ---Amplifier circuits Opamps as ideal amplifiers. Linear opamp circuits: inverting/non-inverting amplifier, adder, subtractor, voltage follower Non-linear opamp circuits, waveform generators, Schmitt trigger, integrators & differentiators Buffers, cascading Introduction to frequency dependence, integrator Introduction to BJTs as amplifiers

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, laboratories and tutorial sessions.

Completion of assessment task12
Follow-up work18
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Wider reading or practice42
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Senturia S D, Wedlock B.D.. Electronic Circuits and Applications. 

Hayt W H, Kemmerly J E. Engineering Circuit Analysis. 

Nilsson J W, Riedel S A. Electric Circuits. 

Price, T. E. Analog Electronics - An Integrated PSpice Approach. 

Dorf R C, Svoboda J A. Introduction to Electric Circuits. 


Assessment Strategy

Weekly problem sheets provide formative feedback. Technical labs are conducted under the umbrella of ELEC1029 but the marks contribute towards this module. 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 assignment(s) 20%
Examination 60%
Skills Laboratories 10%
Technical Laboratories 10%
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