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MECH7004 - Electrical Engineering 1

Title:Electrical Engineering 1
Long Title:Electrical Engineering 1
Module Code:MECH7004
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MATTHEW COTTERELL
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: This is an introductory module on electrical principles specifically designed for level 8 mechanical engineering students. It addresses circuit concepts which are fundamental to an understanding of electrical system behaviour. The module encompasses the concepts of current, voltage and power measurement in resistive dc electrical circuits; ac circuit analysis with complex impedances; transformers and rectification.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe DC resistive circuit behaviour using nodal and mesh analysis with application to RC circuits
LO2 Explain the concepts of voltage drop, current flow and energy storage/dissipation through measurement in resistors, capacitors and inductors
LO3 Explain the concept of electromagnetic induction and its application to inductances and transformer action.
LO4 Calculate the complex impedance and power factor of single phase RC and RL circuit configurations.
LO5 Apply a laboratory based computer aided learning system with software menu driven plug-in circuit board modules for experimental validation of fundamental electrical circuit concepts.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Resistance, Capacitance and Basic Circuit Analysis
Electrical power and energy, resistance. DC circuits; Kirchhoff’s laws; circuit reduction methods; mesh and node analysis. Revision of electrostatics; screening; capacitance and practical capacitors; energy stored; transient response of RC circuits.
Magnetism, Inductance and Transformers:
Revision of electromagnetism and electromagnetism induction; self and mutual inductance; the magnetic circuit; hysteresis; screening; practical inductors; the transformer; transient response of RL circuits.
Single Phase Circuit Analysis:
AC circuits; sinusoidal and complex waveforms; complex and polar representation of phasors; reactance, impedance, admittance; power, active and reactive; power factor; circuit analysis; resonance, bandwidth and Q-factor. Impedance matching and maximum power transfer theorem.
DC Power Supplies
Rectification; full and half-wave, smoothing: controlled rectification; Solar panels – photovoltaic diodes, circuits and efficiency.
Laboratory Program
Computer aided laboratory learning and experimentation in the above areas
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Mid Term 1 Hour Written Exam 1,2 25.0 Week 6
Other End of Term 1 Hour Written Exam 3,4 25.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Two hour weekly laboratory sessions 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of course material as itemised below 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Computer based Laboratory Training Systems 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study of Module Material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Edward Hughes, John Hiley, Keith Brown, Ian McKenzie-Smith 2012, Electrical and Electronic Technology, 11th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 0273755102]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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