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ELEC6031 - Electrical Principles 1

Title:Electrical Principles 1
Long Title:Electrical Principles 1
Module Code:ELEC6031
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Electrical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARTIN HILL
Module Author: KEVIN DAVIS
Module Description: This module introduces the learner to the principles of electrical and electronic circuit theory. The module focuses on DC circuits and simple AC circuit analysis. The learner applies this theory in the contruction and testing of electrical\electronic circuits.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Define electrical,magnetic units and perform calculations involving these quantities.
LO2 Construct basic electrical circuit drawings and perform calculations to determine power rating,voltage drops, current flow in the circuit components
LO3 Measure voltage, current and resistance within basic circuits to examine circuit and component behaviour
LO4 Describe and construct practical lighting installations in the electrical workshop.
LO5 Describe and contruct basic electronic circuits in a laboratory.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fundamentals of Electricity
SI units, prefixes and scientific notation used in electrical systems. Introduction to voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. Examine difference between conductors and insulators. Properties of materials such as resistivity and temperature coefficient of resistance. Basic circuit analysis; Ohm's Law and Kirchhoff's Laws.
Electric Circuits.
Drawing electric circuits and standard symbols for components. Basic electrical measuring instruments.The need for circuit protection devices (Fuses and circuit breakers)The dangers of short circuits.Series and parallel resistive circuit analysis. Variable resistors
Semiconductors and Digital Electronics
Semiconductor material and the p-n junction. Diodes; Forward and reverse diodes. Types of diodes (rectifier, zener, schottky and Light emitting diodes). Selecting diodes from datasheets. Digital Systems; binary quantities, logic gates and boolean algebra
Capacitors and Capacitance
Electrostatics and electric field. Parallel plate capacitors and permittivity. Circuit analysis with capacitors in series and parallel. Capacitor types. Charging and discharging capacitors. Energy stored in capacitors.
The simple cell. Difference between EMF and terminal voltage. Batteries in series and parallel. Primary and secondary cells. Battery datasheets. Similarity to fuel cells and photvoltaic panels.
Magnetism and electromagnetism.
Magnetic fields due to permanent magnets and current carrying conductors. Electromagnets, solenoids, simple a.c. generator.
Electrical workshop.
Health and safety procedures when working with electricity. Draw electrical circuits and wiring installation diagrams based on lighting requirement descriptions for domestic installations. Build lighting circuits using consumer units, fuses, MCB's, switches (1 way, 2 way and intermediate switches, ceiling roses and various cables.
Electronic Laboratory.
Measure voltage, current and resistance using a multimeter. Carry out circuit analysis on low power DC circuits. Build a variety of analogue and digitial circuits using DC power sources, resistors, capacitors,switches,diodes and logic gates.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Electrical Workshop 4 25.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Electronic Laboratories 3,5 25.0 Sem End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 50.0 End-of-Semester
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 Syllabus and assessment 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Electrical Laboratory 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Lab Electrical Workshop 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Directed Learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 9.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • John Bird 2014, Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology, 5th Ed. [ISBN: 978-0-75-0685]
  • Brian Scadden 2016, Electrical Installation Work, 8th Ed Ed., Newnes [ISBN: 978-075068733]
  • Neil Storey 2011, Electrical and electronic systems, Pearson Education [ISBN: 978-027371918]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

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