Electrical Circuits

Module summary

Module code: ELEC1034
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Zahra Sangelaji



Electrical circuits are part of the fabric of modern technology. This module is designed to equip students with foundational knowledge of electrical engineering, appreciation of electrical engineering principles and techniques for solving circuit problems and application of techniques to practical problems.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Explain the fundamentals of electrical DC and AC circuits with particular applications to electrical engineering;
2 Formulate and solve transient circuit problems;
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of electrical power engineering;
4 Identify the common components and explain their operations.

Indicative content

AC and DC circuit analysis including:
• Transient analysis of simple RC, RL and RLC circuits, Steady state analysis, Faraday’s law of induction.
• Response of basic elements, Inductive and capacitive reactance. Inductive and capacitive circuits. Complex impedance, current and voltages in an ac series circuit. Phasor representation of an ac series circuit,
Power in an ac circuit including:
• Single and three phase circuits, generation and transmission of electrical power,
• Machines, faults in electrical power system.

Teaching and learning activity

Teaching will be through one-hour formal lectures in combination with several active learning techniques including: in class collaborative activities, formative quizzes with the use of interactive teaching and learning technologies. Tutorials will provide a good opportunity to enhance understanding of the theoretical aspects. Practical supervised laboratory sessions and workshops will further enhance understanding of the subject with the aid of the specialised software. Problem based and open-ended experiments will also be used to assess students understanding.


Students are required to pass all components to pass the module.

Practical Report - 30%
LO - 1-3,
Pass mark - 40%
1500 words.

Exam - 70%
LO - 1-4.
Pass mark - 40%
2 hours.
Closed book exam.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Tutorial, Quiz, Self-assessment, with the use of teaching and learning technologies throughout the module, revision/mock test.