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Unit information: Projects in 2021/22

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Unit name Projects
Unit code EENG18020
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Laird
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is an introduction to the design of electronic systems which employ both digital and analogue hardware.

In addition to developing specific technical skills for each subsystem, such as circuit prototyping, microcontroller programming, testing and measurement, it encourages students to look at the system as a whole and understand the trade-offs that engineers may face during the design process.

The project is supported by other units taught in the first-year but also introduces some new concepts.

Students will also develop essential skills such as keeping lab books and writing lab reports.

Students work in small groups to accomplish the following task

  • characterising and measuring sensors
  • designing electronic circuits
  • programming a microcontroller
  • integrating hardware and software elements to form a fully functioning electronic system.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the physical operation and circuital model of a sensor.
  2. design simple circuits and implements them on breadboards
  3. measure and characterise electronic components and circuits using laboratory tools
  4. develop simple algorithms
  5. express the algorithm in a programming language that can be executed on a microcontroller
  6. make records that accurately and clearly present the results obtained from laboratory work and allow them to be easily replicated by a third party.

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: Coursework Assessment

Summative: Technical Report (Pass/Fail)


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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.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.