Module Details

CE721-7-SP-CO: Electronic System Design & Integration

Year: 2017/18
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr John Woods
Teaching Staff: Dr John Woods
Contact details: School Office, e-mail csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770.

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Module Description

This module provides first-hand experience of the design simulation and production of complex electronic circuits. A word specification is provided for a consumer electronics device for which a prototype is designed using reference and first principles. The circuit is then simulated and tested in Multisim to verify operation. Once satisfactory, a hardware prototype is developed on a prototype medium e.g. breadboard and tested in real-world conditions. Then using PCB design software, a PCB is designed and populated to produce the final product.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Design a complex electronic circuit from reference and first principles

2. Perform complex analysis of electronic circuits in simulators exemplified by Multisim

3. Design construct, produce and critically evaluate PCB based system

4. Populate test and fault find a printed circuit board

5. Demonstrate basic hand skills

6. Demonstrate proficiency in testing electronic systems

Outline Syllabus

* The use of reference and legacy circuits in the design of an electronic system
* PCB production cycle
* Transient, impulse, DC, AC, frequency and noise analysis using Multisim
* Fourier analysis
* Iterative design loop
* Auto and manual placement and routing of electronic components
* PCB layout considerations and constraints
* PCB board inspection and validation
.* Soldering and basic hand skills
* Prototyping of electronic circuits using breadboard, wirewrap and veroboard
* Testing and validation
* Analogue and digital modeling
* The use of fast prototyping for housing and containers

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures and laboratories


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Assignment 1 with a weighting of 20% to be submitted via FASER in week 22. Assignment 2, Report on the Simulation of an eletcronic Circuit, with a weighting of 20% to be submitted via FASER in week 25.

Other information



  • Recommended Reading
  • 1. Circuit Simulation by Farid N. Najm. Feb 8th 2010. John Wiley ISBN-13 978-0470538715
  • 2. Circuit Simulation Methods and Algorithms by Jan Ogrodzki. CRC press, Sept 1994. ISBN-13: 978-0849378942
  • 3. Circuit Analysis Demystified by David McMahon. McGraw Hill ISBN-13 978-0071488983