Module title: Circuit Realisation

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ELE08110
Module leader: Malcolm Renton
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Electronics Electrical and Mathematics


2019/0, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Malcolm Renton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The material will be delivered in such a way that the student will progress with their learning throughout the module. There will be regular assessments at each stage of the process which will ensure that the student is fully familiar with each stage before progression to the next. The student will be given tutorial examples to work on and develop their skills prior to the assessment exercises. These examples will also broaden their knowledge beyond that covered in lectures as they will have to become independent self-learners to source and deploy solutions to all the problems. (Los 1, 2, 3)

The assessments will all be practical and based on the results generated from using the package to design a specific circuit. (Los 4, 5, 6).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The software which is being used and the techniques involved with ECAD design will be very useful in the future in the electronics industry. The software is widely used throughout the electronics industry. The skills in building the circuits are for future development. These are basic skill set that all electrical/electronic engineering students should have. (Los All).

Research / teaching linkages
The module leader is an active researcher and ensures that he is up-to-date with the latest developments in his subject area. This gives him the opportunity to share his knowledge with the students, where applicable and as appropriate to the module learning outcom

Formative Assessment:
The assessment will be developed as the student proceeds through the module by attempting a series of practical assessments.

Summative Assessment:
The submitted work will be that which would be required from a manufacturer who would build the completed design. They will also be required to demonstrate their circuit in operation which is very important.

At all time they will be expected to develop reflective practice on their progress.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1,2,5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 60 2,3,4,6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will consist of six main parts:

i) Develop C programming skills for use in programmable devices.
ii) Construct and fault find an electronic circuit.
iii) The use of the schematic capture part of the package to produce professional level circuit diagrams
iv) The use of a simulator to predict and verify the performance of the circuit designed in the previous stage.
v) The use of the layout capability of the package to produce a physical representation of the circuit captured and simulated in the previous stages.
vi) Generate the data, build and test the circuit designed using in-house capabilities.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: develop C programming skills for electronic devices.
LO2: simulate and test operation of an electronic circuit based on a schematic diagram.
LO3: layout in an appropriate fashion on a correctly sized PCB an electronic circuit with components and interconnects.
LO4: generate a set of manufacturing data for an electronic circuit and its PCB.
LO5: build and test electronic circuits, demonstrating correct operation.
LO6: use a commercial ECAD package to capture, simulate and generate appropriate data.

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