Electronic Engineering

Free choice Modules

Electronics Department Free Choice Modules

Interesting Modules Available to AllStudents from the Build your Own PC module

While most of the modules delivered in our courses are available as free choice options, the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering offers the following modules which are specifically designed to be taken by students from any discipline. There are modules available at all levels from 6 to 8.


  • Some modules are run in semester 1 and others in semester 2.
  • Modules are run subject to sufficient demand and availability of resources.
  • Students must take modules at the appropriate level
  • All modules are worth 5 credits
  • If there is a large overlap in the material covered in a free choice module and another module on your course you may be prohibited from taking a particular free choice module.

Modules on offer during the first semester of the year

The following modules are on offer during the first semester of the college year (September to December).

First Semester Level 6 Free Choice Modules
Module Name Module ID Description More Info.
Robotics 1


The objective of this module is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of robotics. This course exposes the student to a number of diverse engineering disciplines. The topics covered include computer control, electronic sensors and the principles of robotic locomotion. The theoretical basis will provide the student with the knowledge to create a robot capable of performing simple tasks.
Donal O Donovan
First Semester Level 7 Free Choice Modules
Module Name Module ID Description More Info.
Visual Programming - Labview Introductory Course


Introductory programming courses are typically designed to teach programming using a particular programming language. For many students, dealing with the syntax and details of a programming language is a major obstacle to learning how to use computers for problem solving. Often students who take introductory computer science courses are not going to use the language used in their course in their future employment. This module introduces the student to graphical programming using LabVIEW. Students will learn how to use a visual programming language to quickly achieve the same results as a conventional programming language as well as the fundamentals of data acquisition and process control. More details are available here.

Pat Cogan
Ideas, Inventions, Innovations


This module guides students through the process of developing technology based ideas and their evolution to inventions that accomplish tasks which fulfill some purpose in a new or different manner, usually with the objective of realising that purpose in a faster, more efficient, easier or cheaper way. It also assists students in assessing the commercial potential of an technological invention and guides them through the innovation steps required to realise that potential.
Martin Hill
First Semester Level 8 Free Choice Modules
Module Name Module ID Description More Info.
Nano-scale Technology


The electronics industry has always prided itself and has based its unprecedented growth on making things smaller and smaller. Nano-scale technology takes this to its ultimate by taking atoms and molecules as its starting point and using them as building blocks to develop entirely new nano-materials, nano-structures and nano-scale components that are beginning to enable previously undreamt of product concepts. Nano-scale technology finds applications in every engineering and science discipline and there are opportunities and applications for all disciplines in the field of nano-scale technology. No student in these disciplines can therefore afford to be ignorant of its fundamentals, capabilities and applications. This module is intended to provide that essential knowledge in a manner that will be accessible to all students in the engineering and scientific disciplines.
John Barrett


Modules on offer during the second semester

Second Semester Level 6 Free Choice Modules
Module Name Module ID Description More Info.
Build You Own PC

COMH 6001

In this module students learn about personal computer hardware and then get to select the components for their ideal computer, order them and finally assemble and test the finished machine. More information available here.

Pat Cogan
Electronic Applications 2


This module introduces the student to PCB design with the project design linking to the theory being studied in other subjects. It allows the student to disassemble more advanced electronic devices and relate them to their block diagram.

Michael O Gorman

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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