ENG06070 2019 Electrical Principles Engineering

General Details

Full Title
Electrical Principles Engineering
Transcript Title
Electrical Principles Engineer
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MECT - Mechatronics
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gabriel Smith, Louise O'Gorman, Gerard McGranaghan, Tom OCallaghan
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EMECL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EMTRN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTRN_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EELCO_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EMECH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation SG_EGENE_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in General Engineering SG_EELEC_H08 202100 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Sustainability SG_EELCO_B07 202200 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computing

This module is designed to help the students get an understanding of basic principles of a.c and d.c. electricity. Topics covered include: current, voltage, power and Ohm's Law, Capacitors, AC Sine wave, Electromagnetism, Inductors, Transformers, AC and DC motor operational principles.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Apply basic electrical circuit theory for resistors in series/parallel using Ohm's Law and power formula. 


Understand and apply Kirchhoff's Current and Voltage Laws to the solution of DC resistor circuits and perform basic calculations (peak, peak-to-peak, rms and Period/frequency) for AC sine wave and use of vectors for solving two sine waveforms.


Describe capacitors, charging and discharging, time constant and transient response of RC circuits.


Describe and understand the magnetic and electromagnetic principle of magnets and current carrying conductors including Faradays and Lenz Laws of electromagnetic induction.


Understand and perform basic engineering calculations on single phase transformer.


Explain operation of DC motor including Flemings Left Hand grip rule, function of commutator.


Explain operation principles of AC Induction motor including stator/rotor, slip speed and synchronous speed. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This is achieved by combined theory and practical content to help the student understand the range of fundamental theories of electrical principles. The assessment method combines lab work (20%), Continuous assessment of theory (20%) and final exam (60%).

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Introduction to current, voltage and power including safety significance.
  2. Basic DC circuits.
  3. DC circuit theory with resistors in series/parallel including Kirchoff's laws.
  4. Electrostatics, time constant, and charging/discharging with series capacitor - resistor circuit.
  5. Magnetism, electromagnetism, and magnetic circuits.
  6. Electromagnetic induction. D.C motor.. AC motor including synchronous speed and slip.
  7. Mutual Inductance and Transformer principles of operation.
  8. Basic AC circuits/sine wave.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Other Exam Written Exam during mid-term brak Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Written Report Practical lab sessions and report Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical/Laboratory Engineering Laboratory Practical work in laboratory 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Library Self directed learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017 Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology Taylor & Francis Ltd/ ROUTLEDGE

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Electrical and Electronic Principles and Technology by Bird, John

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd/ ROUTLEDGE

6th edition 2017







Other Resources

Hand out notes from lecturer and powerpoint for each lecture. Electrical/Electronic kit to be acquired or provided by IT Sligo at the beginning at the semester and brought by student to each laboratory session.

Additional Information

This module may prove challenging for first year students to absorb the theory and achieve all the learning outcomes in one semester as this module requires technical understanding and comprehension. There may be need for additional tutorial support here.

Practical work very important and therefore scheduled weekly to enable student understand the theoretical concepts.