Module code: TON1029

Module Overview

This module is intended to introduce you to circuit theory and analogue electronics, using a combination of theory and application.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

COLEMAN Philip (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 8

Independent Learning Hours: 88

Lecture Hours: 36

Laboratory Hours: 18

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Level 4 Audio Signal Analysis

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Kirchhoff’s laws & Ohm’s law;

  • DC circuit analysis;

  • Thevenin & Norton equivalent circuits;

  • Resistance, capacitance & inductance;

  • AC steady-state analysis;

  • Circuit time and frequency response;

  • First-order filter circuits;

  • Bode plots;

  • Introduction to operational amplifiers;

  • Practical electronic circuit construction;

  • Use of electronics test and measurement equipment.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework 50
Examination Examination (2 hours) 50

Alternative Assessment

As this module involves Continuous Assessment, it is not feasible to run an identical resit of this aspect during the Summer vacation. In view of this, if you fail the Electronics coursework you will be asked to complete an additional experiment during the Summer vacation and/or write a lab report, which will be assessed.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop subject knowledge and understanding (exam and coursework). Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Electronics Coursework – one in-class test, one lab report, and continuous assessment during labs (addresses learning outcomes 1-15); and

  • Exam – written paper under exam conditions (addresses learning outcomes 1–9).

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to you in tutorials as required, throughout the laboratory sessions, during the in-class exercises, and in the form of regular revision questions in lectures.


Verbal feedback will be provided in laboratory experiments. Written feedback will be given on the laboratory report.

Module aims

  • Introduce the fundamentals of circuit analysis and analogue electronics
  • Introduce the fundamentals of active electronic devices and amplifiers
  • Introduce electronics laboratory equipment, circuit prototyping, and component-level troubleshooting
  • Introduce tools for technical writing, including typesetting and creating high quality figures
  • Encourage a technical awareness that will be of general use throughout your career

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the relationships between power, voltage and current in DC and AC circuits KC
002 Explain concepts of reactance and impedance KC
003 Explain the concepts of ideal current and voltage sources and measurement devices KC
004 Perform circuit analysis using Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws and the Norton and Thevenin theorems KC
005 Apply complex (j) notation and phasor diagrams to AC circuits KC
006 Apply pulse and step functions to reactive circuits KC
007 Explain the concept of frequency response for a circuit KC
008 Design and analyse simple op-amp amplifiers KC
009 Construct and analyse the behaviour of basic electronic circuits KC
010 Use with competence standard test equipment including the oscilloscope, digital multi-meter and signal generator PT
011 Report experimental findings concisely in verbal and written form PT
012 Apply problem-solving skills successfully T
013 Work competently in a laboratory PT
014 Work effectively in a group T
015 Produce a professional-looking technical document PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop your skills and knowledge in analogue electronics and circuit analysis, in order to give you confidence with electronic circuits commonly found in audio equipment and to provide a foundation for audio circuit design in later modules.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Up to 18 two-hour lectures, including revision and in-class test sessions

  • Six three-hour laboratory sessions

  • One two-hour workshop on DC circuit analysis

  • Three two-hour workshops on typesetting and report presentation

  • In-class group and individual exercises

  • Video resources and homework exercises via the course web page

  • Coursework assignments and feedback

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.

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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

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 2019/0 academic year.