Design of Advanced Electronic Systems

Module summary

Module code: ELEE1129
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Augustine Nwajana



To provide a theoretical basis for the analysis of both digital and analogue circuits.
To describe the separate properties of analogue and digital circuits.
Experience a wide range of experimental techniques and measurement equipment appropriate to analogue, digital and mixed-signal systems

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a detailed ability to critically analyse and design the performance, characteristics, principles and operation of both analogue systems and digital systems, with a particular emphasis on low power systems.

2 To analyse, critically reflect and exploit modern laboratory equipment such as digital storage oscilloscopes and PC -based instrumentation when they are used to investigate digital, analogue and mixed-signal systems.

Indicative content

Signal representation as analogue and digital waveforms in time and frequency domains, analogue to digital conversion. Strategies for mixed signal systems incorporating CMOS based technologies. Frequency synthesis using digital techniques for mixed signal systems.

EMC with emphasis on the Interaction of analogue circuits and switched digital circuits. Conducted and Radiated EMI, Standards and Regulations, EMC Testing, , frequency content of signals, interaction between digital and analogue electronics, designing for EMC, filtering, screening, grounding, balanced and unbalanced systems, PCB layout considerations.

Energy scavenging and energy storage techniques for portable wireless applications (e.g. solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors).

Laboratory techniques for analogue and digital systems. Digital Storage Oscilloscopes, triggering on asynchronous events, one-shot triggering, downloading to a PC for subsequent analysis. Spectral Analysis techniques. PC based instrumentation, signal capturing, processing and display.

Teaching and learning activity

Students will undertake an investigation on the experimental and theoretical design practice of modern (digital) electronic devices with emphasis on achieving low power operation and avoiding EMC issues. The study will be supported by formal lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises.


Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Assignment
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-2.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting %: 50%.
Pass Mark: 50%.
Word Length 7 pages
Outline Details: Evaluation of mixed signal circuits via simulation and experiment.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Examination.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting %: 50%.
Pass Mark: 50%.
Outline Details: 2 hour closed book.