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Unit information: Fields and Devices in 2014/15

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Unit name Fields and Devices
Unit code EENG15600
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Railton
Open unit status Not open



EMAT10100 or EMAT10004

School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit provides a physical foundation in the principles of electricity and magnetism with emphasis on their applications. The aim is to provide an understanding of the physical principles underlying the behaviour of circuit components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, and microelectronic devices. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, dielectric and magnetic materials, electromagnetic induction, and an introduction to semiconductor theory.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, students will have a knowledge of fundamental rules of electromagnetism including, Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Biot Savart's Law and Faraday's Law. They will understand the physical significance of these laws and be able to apply them to problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetic induction. They will understand the behaviour of dielectric and magnetic materials in the presence of electric and magnetic fields and they will understand the basics of the underlying microscopic processes. They will have a basic knowledge of applications such as the cyclotron and mass spectrometer. They will understand and be able to make predictive calculations on magnetic circuits and transformers. Students will have a physical understanding of simple circuit components and their operation. Students will be able to perform predictions of the operating performance of simple device configurations.

Teaching details

Lectures and Laboratory classes

Assessment Details

Name: Lab Book

Type: Lab book

% of final mark: 20

Description: Based upon completion of a pro-forma lab book during practical sessions

Name: Terminal Exam

Type: Exam

% of final mark: 80

Description: 3 hour written paper, inc 5 questions on Fields and 2 questions on Devices

Reading and References

Electromagnetism, 2nd Ed, 1990 Grant,I. ISBN 471927120