Module code: FVP1005

Module Overview

This module is intended to advance students’ understanding of 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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Electronics and Signal Processing A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction to semiconductors, the PN junction, diodes, diode applications, rectification, power supply design
The bipolar junction transistor, construction, basic operation, use as an amplifier, use as a switch
Bias circuits, small signal amplifier operation, power amplifiers
Operational amplifiers, the ideal/non-ideal op-amp
Frequency response, stability and compensation
Basic op-amp circuits, adders, differentiators, integrators, comparators, active filters
Basic audio circuit design
Circuit diagrams and schematic reading
Practical electronics skills
Component and system level fault finding
Introduction to audio test equipment procedures
Electronic circuit construction, familiarisation with electronic components
The use of electronics test and measurement equipment
Convolution of two signals
Linear time invariant systems, impulse responses, transfer functions and Bode plots
The z-transform
FIR and IIR digital filters
Designing digital filters
Common audio effects

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. Students will further develop their knowledge of the mathematical treatment of signals in digital signal processing.

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 1-7).

Audio Signal Processing Coursework – two signal processing assignments consisting of mathematical problems (addresses learning outcomes 8-12).

2hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1-4 & 10-12).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and during lab sessions.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module, particularly in laboratory sessions.

Module aims

  • Introduce the fundamentals of electronic devices and amplifiers
  • Introduce important skills such as component level troubleshooting
  • Provide the necessary signal processing background for audio and video engineering
  • Encourage a technical awareness which will be of use throughout the student's career

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the theory of operation of semiconductor devices KC
002 Describe the characteristics of ideal and real diodes (including zener diodes) KC
003 Analyse the operation of simple power supply circuits, and specify components for a given performance KCP
004 Design and analyse simple transistor amplifiers and op-amp amplifiers KCP
005 Use an audio test system to measure basic audio system parameters such as signal-to –noise ratio and THD+N KCP
006 Use basic fault finding and troubleshooting methods to identify common audio equipment faults KCP
007 Predict the behaviour of a circuit through the study of circuit diagrams KCPT
008 Perform convolution on two signals in both the time and frequency domains KCP
009 Calculate the impulse response and transfer function of linear time invariant systems (including comb filters) and plot the phase and magnitude response KCP
010 Discuss the differences between FIR and IIR digital filters KC
011 Design and test digital audio filters using a computer-aided approach KCP
012 Discuss the techniques used for common audio effects KC
013 Programming skills PT
014 Problem solving T
015 Laboratory skills PT
016 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: further develop skills and knowledge in analogue electronics and circuit analysis, allowing modules in later years to build on this knowledge

The learning and teaching methods include:

Two two-hour lectures per week (weeks 1 – 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 B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/fvp1005

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.