Aims/Description: This unit provides an initial foundation to the basic principles underlying electrical circuits to support the study and understanding of mechanical manufacture, manufacturing technology and maintenance engineering and as a prerequisite for Engineering Systems and Control in the second year. Concepts of voltage, current and power are introduced for both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC), including how instrumentation is used in an industrial context for the measurement of voltage, current and power. Circuit analysis techniques, such as nodal, loop and superposition are used. They will be assessed through practical lab work, utilising key instrumentation and exams.

Restrictions on availability: Foundation Degree, BEng, Higher Apprenticeship, Degree Apprenticeship students in relevant employment.

Staff Contact: SMITH DAVID
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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