Electronic Engineering

Exploring Electronics

Exploring Electronics - Module Outline

The programme covers some career exploration as well as seven different teaching units:

  • Unit 1 Basic Electricity
  • Unit 2 Thermistor and LDR
  • Unit 3 Semiconductors and Diodes
  • Unit 4 Transistors l Unit 5 Soldering
  • Unit 6 Flashing Lights circuit
  • Unit 7 Bagpipes circuit

Each teaching unit comprises of :

  • Unit Aims
  • Objectives
  • Equipment list
  • Procedures
  • Exercises/Assessments

The Teacher’s pack includes:

  • Detailed manual covering theoretical and practical material
  • References to relevant books, videos, web sites, and organisations which will be of interest to students and teachers
  • Relevant assessment sheets
  • Module Certificate
  • Details of where all required equipment and materials can be obtained
  • Details of the kits chosen and options for further development and application of the circuits.

The module takes the student from component basics to simple circuits through theory and simulation. The practical element then allows the student to assemble simple kits and to test actual circuits in operation and compare these to the simulated response. The kits chosen for the module represent a small section of what is available and are chosen for their ease of assembly and simplicity of operation. The layout of the module has been designed to facilitate photocopying where required.

Implementation of the module

Each of the teaching units is intended to be of two-hour duration (three forty-minute classes). It is preferable if two of these classes are available as a double period in order to facilitate the practical work. The main teaching units of the module could then be covered in a seven-week period. It is proposed that a cross–curricular approach be adopted to the section on Electronic Engineering in Practice. The background work and assignment could be included as part of a career guidance session either before or during the delivery of the module. The use of the computer simulation package requires that a computer lab be available for some of the double sessions.

If the students are taking a computing or IT module then the use of the simulation package ‘Yenka Electronics’ could also be introduced during that session. Units 5, 6 and 7 involving soldering practice and assembly of MadLab circuits, should be undertaken in a laboratory that can facilitate soldering. While the material presented is complete, it is recognised that transition year groups tend to be of mixed ability. The teacher may decide if it is appropriate to take a less demanding approach and some sections, in particular the one dealing with semiconductor theory, could be omitted. In every unit there are opportunities to expand the treatment, and the references and web sites provide ample additional material. The units are designed to run in sequence, although an individual teacher may choose to rearrange or indeed omit some units if appropriate. Teachers may find that the soldering and the simulation package will require advance preparation. 

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