EE1-PRJ E1 ProjectLecturer(s): Dr Tom Tate
The design project will introduce first year undergraduate students to the design, operation, and simulation of simple electronic circuits. Students will work on the project in small (tutorial) groups.
Students will initially investigate a simple electronic toy, and simulate it in PSPICE. They will then apply the knowledge they have gained to improving and enhancing the toy's functionality.
During the course of the project, students will investigate independently the various issues in electronic circuit design discussed in different courses during the year.
Furthermore, the project will introduce students to group collaboration, understanding and applying new information, PSPICE, design choices, and project time management.
The overall objective is to link the topics studied in the design project with topics discussed in the 1st year lecture courses:
Circuit analysis, Semiconductor devices, Analogue electronics, Digital electronics and Engineering Practice.
Part 1-Autumn term:
(1) Learn to use PSPICE for basic electronic circuit simulation.
(2) Introduction to circuit schematics.
(3) Comparison of experimental and simulation data.
(4) Introduction to project management and project report preparation.
Part 2-Spring term:
(1) Engineering design and specification of electronic circuits.
(2) Project groups choose specific enhancements to the toy, simulate and design circuits to implement these enhancements.
(3) Introduction to low-level and high-level design.
(4) Specification of the complete circuit for prototype manufacture.
Part 3-Summer term:
(1) Final assembly and testing of circuit
(1) PSPICE circuit simulations
(2) Hardware considerations: soldering and circuit design.
Coursework contribution: 100%
Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): N/A
Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A
Prerequisite: None required
Course Homepage: https://intranet.ee.ic.ac.uk/intranet/labweb/