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Unit information: Electrical Systems Engineering in 2022/23

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Unit name Electrical Systems Engineering
Unit code EENG17300
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sam Williamson
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

This unit aims to inform the student of the basic concepts of electrical engineering. The unit will use a high level approach in order to highlight the diversity of disciplines, ranging from high power networks to micro-control systems, involved in electrical engineering. Although many of the fundamental concepts will be studied, the second year electrical engineering units will supply more of the detail and rigorous analysis. Teaching will be based on an applications approach where electrical equipment already familiar to the student will be used to illustrate the salient information. It is further intended that teaching will make extensive use of demonstrations.

Your learning on this unit

Having completed this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. List the elements that comprise a typical electrical engineering system
  2. Describe the practical and theoretical operation of system elements
  3. Indicate everyday examples of the use of system elements
  4. Apply techniques such as drawing diagrams and making simple calculations to practical design and also examination situations

How you will learn

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.

How you will be assessed

Formative: Online Test 1&2

Summative: Exam (May/June) (100%)


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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 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.