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Undergraduate Course: Electronic Methods in the Physical Laboratory (PHYS09023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~pclegg/teaching.shtml Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIn the modern laboratory, physical parameters are commonly sensed electronically, the resulting signals being passed through processing circuitry and then on by means of an interface into a computer. This course is concerned with circuitry relevant to the design of experiments and the acquisition of data in the laboratory environment. The course consists of lectures, laboratory work and a design exercise.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Physics 2A (PHYS08022) AND Physics 2B (PHYS08023) AND Foundations of Mathematical Physics (PHYS08024) OR ( Applicable Mathematics 4 (Phys Sci) (MATH08017) AND Mathematical Methods 4 (Phys Sci) (MATH08018)) OR ( MP2A: Vectors, Tensors and Fields (PHYS08032) AND MP2B: Dynamics (PHYS08033))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLaboratory2-11 15:00 - 17:00or 15:00 - 17:00or 15:00 - 17:00or 15:00 - 17:00
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLaboratory2-11 15:00 - 17:00or 15:00 - 17:00or 15:00 - 17:00or 15:00 - 17:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 14:00 - 14:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Room 6301 - JCMB
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that you will able to:
1) use commonly encountered electronic instruments and integrated circuits with confidence;
2) debug faulty electronic equipment/circuits logically;
3) understand the factors which determine the design of analogue signal processing for a particular application;
4) build simple analogue signal processing (e.g. active filters, op-amps) circuits;
5) design simple combinational and sequential logic circuits;
6) construct simple combinational and sequential logic circuits;
7) understand basic A/D and D/A techniques and their limitations;
8) use basic digital signal processing techniques.
Assessment Information
Laboratory work, 50%
Design exercise, 50%
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Laboratory work, 50%
Design exercise, 50%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus In the modern laboratory, measurements are commonly made electronically, the resulting signals being passed through processing circuitry and then on by means of an interface into a computer. This course is concerned with electronics relevant to the design of experiments and the acquisition of data in the laboratory environment. The course consists of lectures, laboratory work and a design exercise.

Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that you will able to:

& use commonly encountered electronic instruments and integrated circuits with confidence;
& debug faulty electronic equipment/circuits logically;
& understand the factors which determine the design of analogue signal processing for a particular application;
& build simple analogue signal processing (e.g. active filters, op-amps) circuits;
& design simple combinational and sequential logic circuits;
& construct simple combinational and sequential logic circuits;
& understand basic A/D and D/A techniques and their limitations;
& use basic digital signal processing techniques using LabVIEW.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsElMeth
Contacts
Course organiserDr Stephan Eisenhardt
Tel: (0131 6)50 5307
Email: S.Eisenhardt@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Laura Gonzalez-Rienda
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067
Email: l.gonzalez@ed.ac.uk
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