• ELEC1203
  • Electrical Systems 2

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Mechanical and Design Engineering

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Module Description

This is a foundation course in electrical systems for first year learners of Manutronics Automation. It covers the theoretical and practical aspects of basic electrical machines and alternating current circuits. Knowledge Breadth: This module introduces the learner to the key principles of electrical machines and alternating current circuits. Kind: The learner will be able to describe and analyse a variety of electrical circuits, devices and systems and will be equipped with the basic theoretical toolset for further studies into the field of electrical systems. The learner will also be able to describe the construction and operation of a variety of basic electromagnetic machines and systems. Know-how and skill Range: The learner will develop a range of fundamental skills in the area electrical circuits and systems. These include practical laboratory skills of circuit construction and test as well as analytical skills. Selectivity: The learner will be capable of selecting the appropriate method from a basket of analytical tools for the analysis of a variety of circuits. In the laboratory the learner will demonstrate the ability to select the appropriate components from the laboratory stores in order to construct an alternating current circuit according to a circuit diagram. The learner will further demonstrate the ability to correctly select and use the instrumentation required to measure the key electrical parameters of the circuit. Competence Context: The basic skills and knowledge learned in this will be directly applicable in a broad range of manufacturing industries where alternating or direct current electrical or electronic equipment and components are being employed. In addition the fundamentals covered in this course underpin subsequent learning in the areas of electronics, instrumentation and automation. Role: The learner will be able to perform basic analysis of electrical circuits and systems. They will also have demonstrated a grasp of the basic concepts and language of electrical engineering that will allow them to pursue further studies into the field of electrical systems both independently and through further courses. Learning to Learn: In addition to the core course material the learner is introduced to a wide variety of applications which they are encouraged to study independently. The course website with useful reference links is one component of this. The learner will also be required to undertake and independent mini-research project. Insight: Through exposure to a variety of applications the learner will develop a greater understanding of the importance of electricity and electrical systems in our society.

Module Aims

The module aim is to equip learners with the basic theoretical and practical skills required to analyse electrical circuits and systems while also equipping them with the foundation skills required for further studies in areas such as electrical power systems, electronic systems, electronics and instrumentation.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Introduction to oscilloscopes and ac waveforms
2. Resistor/Capacitor circuit waveforms.
3. Build and test a transformer
Explain the construction and operation of a laser printer (Field of electrostatics)
Explain the construction and operation of an electric door chime (Field of electromagnetics)
Laboratory Experiments:
Typical Examples of the laboratory experiments to be performed include:
a. Selected applications such as the solenoid, the loudspeaker, the relay, the buzzer
b. Introduction to Electric Machines
c. Alternating Current and Voltage
d. Sine wave characteristics
e. Inductance
f. Capacitance
g. Transformers
h. Real and apparent Power in AC systems
i. Introduction to three-phase AC.
j. Electrical Safety principles and regulations
k. Independent mini-research project - Typical examples of such projects include:

Total Contact Teaching Hours:48
Class Size:32

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