How does this online course work?
As well as online access to the course itself we also supply you with a textbook and access to an expert tutor to guide you. We expect you to study for around 5 to 10 hours per week.
The online material gives you introductory and overview material and places your studies in context. This is split into around 7 or so sections per week which might typically take about 10/15 minutes to read and will then guide you to specific sections of the textbook for more detail and for problems to tackle, or ask you to undertake other activities such as assignments. We also encourage you to explore more widely (or can suggest shortcuts if that is more appropriate).
The course is kept together by means of discussion forums where you communicate with your tutor and other students on the course. Therefore overall we attempt to recreate the atmosphere of classroom study rather than use an automatic computer-centred experience.
To successfully complete the course, participants must participate actively in the online community, and submit satisfactory answers to at least five out of the six Assignments.
Course Content and Timetable
This course is intended for individuals with limited prior knowledge of electrical/electronic engineering.
We aim to open the online learning course website a couple of days before the course begins so you'll have the chance to familiarise yourself with the course environment.
- Unit 1. Electronic Systems: Introduction to the idea of signals represented by voltages; wires used to transfer signals/voltage from one place/box/component to another; boxes/components manipulating voltages (e.g. amplifying them)
- Unit 2. Ohms' Law: The linear relationship of Voltage & Current and the concept of resistance. Resistors & resistor networks
- Unit 3. Op-Amps: Introduction to the ideal op-amp and its applications
- Unit 4. Capacitors and AC circuits: the theory and applications of capacitors and their use in transient and AC circuits
- Unit 5. Frequency Response and Filters: Passive and Active filters; first and second order
- Unit 6. Magnetism, Inductors & Transformers: and other uses of electromagnetism
- Unit 7. RL & RLC circuits: tuned filters and crossover networks
- Unit 8. Introduction to Semiconductors: Diodes & rectifiers - theory and applications. Special purpose diodes
- Unit 9. Transistors: Bipolar transistors - theory and typical circuits. FETs and Thyristors
- Unit 10. Review: with further applications
The course material will remain available without tutor support for six weeks after the course finishes
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended Minimum computer specification.
If you have queries about your computer specification, please contact the Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0) 1865 280990.
If you intend to access the course on a public computer, such as in a public library or internet café, we recommend that you contact TALL before applying.