Introduction (SCQF Level 6)


Flexible start date




  • Engineering


  • Online

Why take this course?

This Unit has been designed to allow you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in analogue electronic devices and circuits so that you can further your studies with more advanced Units which include analogue electronic devices. It can be used as a stand-alone Unit in analogue electronics if you do not wish to advance your studies beyond SCQF Level 6. It can also be used by other engineering students who wish to broaden their knowledge. You will have the opportunity to improve your knowledge, understanding and skills about discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices that are widely used in electronic circuits.

Upon completion of the Unit you should be competent in the understanding of a wide range of analogue electronic devices, be able to interpret data sheets and gain practical skills in the handling and testing of components and circuits. You should also be able to recognise the relationship between the theoretical knowledge gained and the practical assignments undertaken.

What you will experience

Outcome 1 will introduce you to discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices used in electronic circuits – giving you a good knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and operation of these devices. Outcome 2 allows you to understand the practical applications of the devices studied in Outcome 1.  You will also gain valuable experience during Outcome 3 by carrying out some practical exercises using test equipment such as digital multimeters and dual beam oscilloscopes. You will learn about the operational amplifier which is widely used in analogue linear circuits to perform mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The written assessment for this Unit will consist of one assessment paper lasting for one and a half hours. The assessment will be conducted under closed book, controlled, supervised conditions. You will not be allowed to take notes or textbooks into the assessment but you will be allowed to use a scientific calculator. The assessment will normally take place at the end of the Unit.

The practical assessment will consist of one practical laboratory exercise, selected by your lecturer, from Outcome 3 of this Unit. This assessment will take place under controlled and supervised conditions. You will be expected to carry out the practical assessment on an individual basis within a given time limit