|Module Name||Electronics and Information Technology|
|ECTS Weighting||5 ECTS|
|Semester taught||Semester 1|
|Module Coordinator/s||Prof. Éamonn Ó Nualláin|
Module Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1. Implement basic electronic circuits in a circuit simulator and demonstrate and perform basic electronic circuit analysis.
LO2. Explain the electrical properties of matter (in particular semiconductors)
and explain the operation of semiconductor devices (diodes and transistors).
LO3. Explain the concepts of electromagnetic fields, the operation of the antenna and how information is communicated wirelessly.
LO4. Analyse and explain the concept of analogue and digital signals, including modulation and multiplexing, analyse and explain why and how analogue and digital signals are modulated and illustrate the characteristics of modulated and multiplexed signals.
LO5. Explain the difference between time and frequency domains and perform signal analysis in time and frequency domains using modern software programming tools (Matlab).
Part I: Electronics
The first aim of the first part of this module is to give students a grounding in
electronics. To this end we will examine the fundamental circuit components and
evaluate circuits built using these components using a circuit simulator. The second
aim of the first part of the module is that students be able to explain the concepts of
wireless communications at the physical layer. This includes an explanation of
electromagnetic fields (the means), the antenna (the front end transmit/receive
device) and the means by which EM signals can be modulated to transmit
Part II: Information Technology
The second part of the module begins with an overview of the concept of
information and its significance in todays’ society. The aim of the module is to then
show how such information is transmitted over links and networks. The course gives
particular focus on the understanding of time domain, frequency domain and
bandwidth of signals. It introduces some basic operations, such as modulation and
multiplexing, and will introduce some general concepts of data transmission and
transmission media. Course work will consist of assignments that will put in practice
most of the theory explained during the lectures and tutorials.
Teaching and learning Methods
Teaching and learning will be based on lectures, tutorials, laboratories and
|Assessment Component||Brief Description||Learning Outcomes Addressed||% of total||Week set||Week Due|
|Basic circuit analysis based on Kirchhoff’s Voltage and|
Current Laws, the
Potential Divider and
formulae for series and
|Build simple circuits|
devices using a circuit
|LO1, LO2, LO3,||5||3-4||4-5|
|Build simple components|
circuits (e.g. filters) using a
|Build a number of signals|
by using the Fourier series
|Analyse the frequency|
spectrum of a number of
|Examination||Online 3 hour (ie time limited) take home exam|
examination delivered via Blackboard.
|LO 1, LO 2,|
LO 3, LO 4,
Examination (3 hours (ie time-limited), take home exam – 100%)
Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload
|Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:||33 hours|
|Tutorial or seminar||11 hours|
|Independent study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:||96 hours|
|Part I: Independent Study (preparation for course and review of materials)||10 hours|
|Part I: Independent Study (preparation for assessment, incl. completion of|
|Part I: completion of coursework assessments||5 hours|
|Part II: Independent study (preparation for course and review of materials)||25 hours|
|Part II: Independent Study (additional work or assignments)||20 hours|
Recommended Reading List
(i) Introductory Circuit Analysis and (ii) Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by
(ii) Computer Networks by Andrew Tannenbaum
(iii) Data Communications and Networking by Behrouz Forouzan
Prerequisite modules: None.
Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: Basic principle of computer programming.