CSU11031 – Electronics and Information Technology

Module CodeCSU11031
Module NameElectronics and Information Technology
ECTS Weighting [1]5 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 1
Module Coordinator/s  Prof. Éamonn Ó Nualláin

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Implement basic electronic circuits in a circuit simulator and demonstrate and perform basic electronic circuit analysis;
  2. Explain the electrical properties of matter (in particular semiconductors) and explain the operation of semiconductor devices (diodes and transistors);
  3. Explain the concepts of electromagnetic fields, the operation of the antenna and how information is communicated wirelessly;
  4. 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;
  5. Explain the difference between time and frequency domains and perform signal analysis in time and frequency domains using modern software programming tools (Matlab).

Module Content

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 information.

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 assignments.

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Circuit Analysis
Basic circuit analysis based on Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws, the Potential Divider and formulae for series and parallel resistances.LO15%Week 2-3Week 3-4
Circuit Simulation
Assignment I
Build simple circuits involving semiconductor
devices using a circuit simulator.
LO1, LO2, LO3,
5%Week 3-4Week 4-5
Circuit Simulation
Assignment II
Build simple components of telecommunications circuits (e.g. filters) using a circuit simulator.LO45%Week 4-5Week 5-6
Matlab Fourier
Series Assignment
Build a number of signals by using the Fourier series method.LO55%Week 8-9Week 9-10
Matlab Spectrum
Analyse the frequency spectrum of a number of signals.LO 55%Week 10-11Week 11-12
ExaminationOnline 3 hour (i.e. time limited) take home exam examination delivered via Blackboard.LO 1, LO 2,
LO 3, LO 4,
LO 5

Reassessment Details

Examination, 3 hours i.e. 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
Lecture22 hours
Laboratory0 hours
Tutorial or seminar11 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
36 hours
Part I: Completion of coursework assessments5 hours
Part II: Independent study (preparation for course and review of materials)25 hours
Part II: Independent Study (additional work or assignments)20 hours
Total Hours129 hours

Recommended Reading List

  • Introductory Circuit Analysis by Robert Boylestad.
  • Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert Boylestad.
  • Computer Networks by Andrew Tannenbaum.
  • Data Communications and Networking by Behrouz Forouzan.

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: N/A

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: Basic principle of computer programming.

Module Co-requisites


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