BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE103
Course Unit DetailsBSc Mechanical Engineering (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated5
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Distinguish the principal circuit components. Perform multiplication factor conversions.
  2. Identify and calculate electrical quantities and units of charge, resistance, current and voltage. Implement Ohm’s Law.
  3. Make power consumption and energy dissipation calculations. Compute energy costs of electrical appliances.
  4. Recognize simple resistor topologies. Analyzing series and parallel circuits. Use of voltage and current divider rule. Analyze resistor topologies circuits using Kirchhoff’s Law.
  5. Identify sinusoidal signals, frequency, amplitude, period, peak, average and RMS values.
  6. Use different types of energy storing components (L, C) in simple topologies. Analyze R L C circuits when they are excited with alternating current or voltage sources.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents·  Introduction to Electrical Principles: Basic electrical units, Electrical symbols, multiplication factors.
Basic Electrical Quantities: Resistance, charge, current, voltage, power and energy.
DC circuit analysis: Series – parallel circuits, Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law, Voltage and current Divider Rule.
Alternating voltages and currents: Sinusoidal signals, frequency, amplitude, period, peak, average and RMS values. Express AC quantities in rectangular and polar forms.
Capacitive and inductive circuits: Types of capacitors, capacitance, inductance, types of inductors, Analysis of RLC circuits.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Hambley AR, Electrical Engineering: Principles & Applications, Third Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2005
  • Hughes E, Smith I M, Hiley J, Brown K, Electrical and Electronic Technology, 9th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2005
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students are taught the course through lectures (3 hours per week) in classrooms or lectures theatres, by means of traditional tools or using computer demonstration and laboratory experiments.

Auditory exercises, where examples regarding matter represented at the lectures, are solved and further, questions related to particular open-ended topic issues are compiled by the students and answered, during the lecture or assigned as homework.

Topic notes are compiled by students, during the lecture which serve to cover the main issues under consideration and can also be downloaded from the lecturer’s webpage. Students are also advised to use the subject’s textbook or reference books for further reading and practice in solving related exercises. Tutorial problems are also submitted as homework and these are solved during lectures or privately during lecturer’s office hours. Further literature search is encouraged by assigning students to identify a specific problem related to some issue, gather relevant scientific information about how others have addressed the problem and report this information in written or orally.

Students are assessed continuously and their knowledge is checked through tests with their assessment weight, date and time being set at the beginning of the semester via the course outline.

Students are prepared for final exam, by revision on the matter taught, problem solving and concept testing and are also trained to be able to deal with time constraints and revision timetable.

The final assessment of the students is formative and summative and is assured to comply with the subject’s expected learning outcomes and the quality of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Laboratory work20%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO