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Module Title
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
Reference EN1560 Version 5
Created April 2020 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended May 2020 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to understand electrostatic and electromagnetic concepts and the principles of electric circuit analysis.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Use mathematical modelling software to select suitable solutions for simple electromagnetic or electrostatic design problems.
2 Analyse simple electromagnetic and electrostatic systems.
3 Use mathematical modelling software to solve basic circuit problems in the areas of; AC and DC circuits or circuit analysis using Kirchhoff's Laws.
4 State the basic theory and solve problems in simple electrical engineering systems.

Indicative Module Content
Basic concepts of electrostatics, electric charge, electric flux, electric field strength, potential and potential difference; Definition of capacitance, parallel plate capacitor. Basic concepts of electromagnetism, magnetic field, magnetic field density, magnetic field strength, Ampere's law, principles of magnetic circuits and inductance of a simple magnetic circuit. Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction. Electric circuits, circuit concepts, voltage and current sources, resistance, current flow and potential distribution. Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws, Thevenin and Norton Theorem's, superposition, simple circuit analysis using Kirchhoff's laws. Reasons for use of alternating current for light and heavy current applications, choice of sinusoidal waveform. Amplitude, frequency and phase concepts. Inductive capacitive impedance concepts, simple time domain analysis of ac circuits, phasor representation of ac quantities, rms representation of voltage and current.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture based course supplemented with tutorial sessions, laboratory sessions and directed study.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 50 50
Non-Contact Hours 100 100
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 3
Description: Laboratory assignment.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 4
Description: Formal closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
To pass the module, you must achieve a 40% weighted average mark and need to achieve at least 35% in all components.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A >70%
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

An Indicative Bibliography will normally reference the latest edition of a text. In some cases, older editions are equally useful for students and therefore, those are the editions that may be stocked.

1 BIRD, J.O., 2017. Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology. 6th ed. Oxford: Routledge.
2 STOREY, N., 2017. Electronics - A Systems Approach. 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson.
3 MAXFIELD C. et al., 2008. Electrical Engineering: Know it all. Oxford: Newnes.
4 MORRIS, N., 1994. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Principles. Harlow: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

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