Introduction to Electronics - EL305

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) PROF J Batchelor checkmark-circle


The module provides an introduction to the basic knowledge required to understand, design and work with basic electronic circuits and the basic principles underlying the process of Electronic Engineering. No previous electronics experience is assumed and the module proceeds via a sequence of lectures supported by simple exercises designed to give practical experience of the concepts introduced in the lectures.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 110
Total study hours: 150


Autumn Term

Method of assessment

• 1 hour lab induction (1%)
• 5 two hour laboratories at 4% each (20%)
• 10 quizzes at 1% each (10%)
• 9 tutorials at 1% each (9%)
• 2 hour Examination (60%)

Indicative reading

• Storey, Neil, Electronics A Systems Approach (6th Edition), Pearson, 2017, ISBN 978-292-11406-4
• Floyd, Thomas, Electronics fundamentals: circuits, devices and applications (8th edition), Pearson 2013, ISBN-978-1292025681 See
• Horowitz, Paul and Hill, Winfield, The Art of Electronics (3rd Edition), Cambridge University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-0-521-80926-9
• Mancini, R, Op Amps for Everyone, (4th Edition), Elsevier, 2013, ISBN 9780128116487.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. recognise the fundamentals of basic electric components and circuits;
2. analyse simple electric circuits;
3. understand basic input and output electronics for microcontrollers;
4. appreciate a range of sensor and actuator device functions.
5. appreciate ethical, environmental, and design issues in engineering.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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