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Unit information: Linear Circuits in 2020/21

Unit name Linear Circuits
Unit code EENG11001
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Fornetti
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit provides an introduction to the basic techniques of circuit analysis. It introduces electrical components and the fundamental laws that govern the behaviour of an electrical circuit. Methods of analysis will include the use of phasors for sinusoidal responses, and Laplace transforms for the more general case where there may be initial energy storage and where there is a need to determine circuit transient behaviour. The lectures are supported by a programme of laboratory work.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • analyse the operation of linear circuits in response to DC, sinusoidal and transient waveforms.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Formative: Online Tests (1&2) & Lab Report

Summative: Online Test 3 (Jan) (30%), Timed Assessment (May/June) (70%)

Reading and References

Students are provided with a full set of notes. Students requiring extra material are recommended:

Alexander, C. K., Sadiku, M. N. O. and Sadiku, M. N. O. (2017) Fundamentals of electric circuits. Sixth edn. New York, NY: McGraw-hill Education.