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ELEC2217 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design

Module Overview

Conventional laboratory experiments are useful mainly to assist understanding or analysis: because they are of necessity stereotyped they are of limited usefulness when a circuit or system must be designed to meet a given specification. The majority of engineering tasks fall into this latter category, and therefore require design or synthesis skills that are distinct from the understanding of underlying engineering principles. This is additional to the analysis skills emphasised in the course so far. This module includes design assignments that have been devised to provide a bridge between 'conventional' experiments and the project work in the third and fourth years, (which, in turn, provide a bridge to 'real' projects in industry). The exercises have real deadlines and concrete deliverables and students are encouraged to be creative, develop imaginative solutions and to make mistakes. The assignments share common characteristics: - Customer orientated rather than proscriptive specifications are given - Design work carried out, bringing academic knowledge to bear on practical problems - Laboratory sessions are used for construction/verification of designs - Allow students to demonstrate their communication skills in writing individual and group reports/presentations. However the two design exercises have a different focus: - The D2 IC Deisgn Exercise involves design and test of a digital integrated circuit - The D5 Smart Meter Design Exercise involves design of a system that is able to monitor and control a micro-grid

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Defining the specification of an artefact that needs to be designed, tested and commissioned
  • The design process and the processes involved in project management
  • The problems associated with designing practical circuits and systems
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for the implementation of the design and the undertake those activities
  • Analyse the design as it evolves, and deduce problems with the subsequent rectification
  • Undertake an evaluation of the complete design and prepare a critical precis
  • Appreciate the problems in dealing with uncertain and possibly ambiguous specifications
  • Synthesise simple circuits and systems, including the design of simple digital ICs
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write formal reports in a clear, technical style
  • Address problems associated with personal and group time management in a problem solving environment.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of team structure and dynamics, together with an appreciation of individual responsibilities working both as a pair and in a larger grouping
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Undertake small scale mechanical and electronic construction
  • Undertake realtime programming
  • Undertake detailed faultfinding of the developed circuits if required
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the advanced use of function generators, oscilloscopes and complex devices such as logic analysers and spectrum analysers
  • Understand and interpret technical literature and data sheets.


- The development of individual practical skills through completion of a simple build and test exercise, incorporating soldering, circuit construction and the manufacture of a container. - Groups of students are required to undertake a design, build and test project against a predefined specification. The project assessment includes a competitive trial, individual log books, group reports and quality assessment of the designed system. - The groups will have seminars on project management and principles of design to support the activities. - The specific design exercises will include: An IC design exercise incoporating design and test and a power engineering design exercise.

Learning and Teaching

Follow-up work5
Preparation for scheduled sessions5
Wider reading or practice36
Completion of assessment task94
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Laboratory space and equipment required. 

Sedra A S & Smith K C (2004). Microelectronic Circuits. 

Spencer R R & Ghausi M S (2003). Introduction to Electronic Circuit Design. 

On-line resources. 

Lidwell W, Holden K and Butler J (2010). Universal Principles of Design. 

Software requirements. 


Assessment Strategy

There is no referral opportunity for this module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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