Module code: FVP1002

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce circuit theory, analogue electronics and signal processing using a combination of theory and application. This will provide the background needed for a wide range of the technical modules in each year of the programme.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

HAIGH A Mr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: H641

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Current and voltage definitions, resistive elements, Kirchhoff’s laws & Ohm’s law
Network reduction, analysis techniques and theorems
Resistive networks (series & parallel), voltage & current sources, Thevenin & Norton equivalent circuits, current and voltage division, input resistance, output resistance
Energy storage elements, capacitance & inductance. AC circuit elements
Alternating current, simple ac steady-state sinusoidal analysis
Components vs elements
Power dissipation & RMS, phasor diagrams
Introduction to complex number representation
Definition of complex impedance and use with complex numbers
AC circuit analysis with complex numbers: introduction to mesh and nodal analysis
Time response (natural & step responses)
Frequency response RLC circuits, resonance & Q-factor
Use of differential equations and their solutions
Simple filter and band-pass circuits
Introduction to second order circuit
Use of Bode plots
Electronic circuit construction; familiarisation with electronic components
Use of electronics test and measurement equipment
Number systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two’s compliment
Complex numbers
Differentiation and integration
Fourier series and the Fourier transform

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of electronics and circuit analysis. Continuous assessment and feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Electronics Coursework – one written assignment answering practical problems, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 1-16).

Audio Signal Processing Coursework – two signal processing assignments consisting of mathematical problems (addresses learning outcomes 17-22).

2hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-13 & 17-21).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and throughout seminar and practical workshops.


Verbal feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments.

Module aims

  • Introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics
  • Build on existing mathematical knowledge and understanding to provide the relevant mathematical and signal processing background for later modules
  • Encourage a technical awareness which will be of use throughout the student's career

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Use Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems KCP
002 Discuss the concepts of input impedance and output impedance  KCT
003 Explain the concept of ideal voltage and current sources KCT
004 Explain the concept of ideal voltmeters and ammeters KCT
005 Explain the concept of input and output impedance of a circuit KCT
006 Explain the relationship between power, voltage and current KCT
007 Recognise different types of time dependent signals KCT
008 Calculate power and RMS values for alternating voltage and current KCP
009 Describe the behaviour of capacitors and inductors in DC and AC circuits  KCT
010 Explain the concepts of reactance and impedance KCT
011 Apply complex (j) notation and phasor diagrams to AC circuits KCP
012 Apply pulse and step functions to RC, RL and RCL circuits KCP
013 Explain the concept of frequency response for a circuit KCT
014 Construct and analyse the behaviour of basic electronic circuits KCP
015 Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator KCP
016 Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form V KCPT
017 Explain why the decimal, binary, hexadecimal and two’s compliment formats are commonly used in audio and video engineering, perform simple arithmetic operations in each format and convert numbers between the different formats KCP
018 Perform simple arithmetic operations on complex numbers; plot complex numbers on an Argand diagram; recognize the Cartesian, polar and exponential forms and convert complex numbers between the different forms; represent simple harmonic signals as complex phasors KCP
019 Perform simple operations on matrices and use matrices to manipulate colour spaces KCP
020 Differentiate and integrate functions of a single variable KCP
021 Calculate the Fourier series of a periodic signal KCP
022 Apply the Fourier transform to audio signals KCP
023 Programming skills PT
024 Problem solving T
025 Laboratory skills PT
026 Group work skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 89

Lecture Hours: 46

Laboratory Hours: 15

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop skills and knowledge in analogue electronics and circuit analysis, allowing later modules to build on this knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Two two-hour lectures per week (weeks 1 to 11 plus one revision lecture in week 12).

Five three-hour laboratory sessions. Students are split into two groups meeting on alternating weeks (weeks 1 – 10).

Guided reading.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ELECTRONICS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/fvp1002

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.