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Unit information: Fields and Devices in 2021/22

Unit name Fields and Devices
Unit code EENG15600
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Edmund Harbord
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

EMAT10100 or EMAT10004

School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a physical foundation in the principles of electricity and magnetism with emphasis on their applications. The aim is to provide an understanding of the physical principles underlying the behaviour of circuit components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, and microelectronic devices. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, dielectric and magnetic materials, electromagnetic induction, and an introduction to semiconductor theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit, students will have a knowledge of fundamental rules of electromagnetism including, Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Biot Savart's Law and Faraday's Law. They will understand the physical significance of these laws and be able to apply them to problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetic induction. They will understand the behaviour of dielectric and magnetic materials in the presence of electric and magnetic fields and they will understand the basics of the underlying microscopic processes. They will have a basic knowledge of applications such as the cyclotron and mass spectrometer. They will understand and be able to make predictive calculations on magnetic circuits and transformers. Students will have a physical understanding of simple circuit components and their operation. Students will be able to perform predictions of the operating performance of simple device configurations.

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recall fundamental rules such as Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Biot Savart's Law and Faraday's Law.
  2. Apply the laws to physical-world problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetic induction.
  3. Explain the behaviour of dielectric and magnetic materials in the presence of electric and magnetic fields in terms of of the underlying microscopic processes.
  4. Describe in basic terms applications such as the cyclotron and mass spectrometer.
  5. Make predictive calculations on magnetic circuits and transformers.
  6. Describe in physical terms simple semiconductor circuit components and their operation.
  7. Predict the operating performance of simple device configurations.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Formative: Online Test 1, 2 & 4

Summative: Exam 1 (January, 30%), Exam 2 (Summer, 70%)

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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