EEEN1002J Introduction to Electronic Sys

Academic Year 2024/2025

Restriction: Beijing-based students only.

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to important ideas and useful technical terms in electronic systems. We will study the science behind electronics, how electronics work, and some of the technologies we build using electronics.

In Part I, we will study some fundamentals of circuit theory. You will learn how to analyse passive electronic circuits. Circuits are the technology we use to transmit electricity (power or information), and circuit theory allows us to calculate all of the voltages and currents in a circuit.

In Part II, we will study some of the ideas and technology that underpin the digital world how to represent things with and manipulate binary numbers, computing, telecommunications, and networks.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Part I: definition of basic electronic quantities; identification of nodes and branches in simple circuits; annotation of simple circuit diagrams with node and branch voltages and with branch currents; writing Kirchoff's laws for simple circuits; identification of circuit elements including voltage and current sources, resistors, switches, short circuits, open circuits; combination of elements in series and parallel; use of voltage and current division rules; design of some simple instruments including ammeters and voltmeters.

Part II: Conversion of decimal numbers to binary and hexidecimal; conversion of ASCII text to binary (and vice versa); comprehension of sampling and quantisation on 1D and 2D signals; explanation of digital cameras and bitmap files; knowledge of AND/OR/NOT logic gates and truth tables; interpreting boolean statements and converting to/from logic gate representation; basic knowledge of history of telecomms, computing and the internet; knowledge of Moore's law; OSI 7 layer model of networks; definition of basic communication terms including broadcast, one-way, duplex, packet switching, star network, mesh network; simple representation of digital signals as electrical signals, including eye diagrams and basic understanding of channel effects including noise, delay, distortion, attenuation; description of structure and operation of optical fibre; basic structure of frames, synchronisation, error correction codes; operation of link layer including acknowledgements; character level and bit level encryption, substitution ciphers and their weaknesses, one time pads and their strengths and weaknesses, RSA and PGP; definition of the internet of things, with examples; design of a service.

Indicative Module Content:

This module deals with the fundamentals of circuit theory and an introduction to computing, networking and communications.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning










Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, independent reading, team laboratory work, peer learning in tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses

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Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Timed, proctored, closed-book exam. End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Quizzes/Short Exercises: Lab work followed by online quizzes, and other opportunistic in-class quizzes. Timing varies depending on when labs are timetabled. Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 14, Week 15 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Class feedback is integrated into lectures. Individual feedback on request.