Electronics I

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Electronics I

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview


    The purpose of this module is to prepare students for entry into the field of electronic systems within the electrical engineering environment.

    The student should be able to:

    • communicate an understanding of the established principles, concepts and terminology within Electronic Systems Engineering;
    • use test and measurement instruments to accurately measure voltage, frequency and phase shifts;
    • understand the basic operation of oscilloscopes;
    • understand the basic concepts of atomic theory with respect to atoms, current flow and the different types of bonding processes of materials;
    • understand the operation of the P-N diode, perform calculations to work out volt drops and currents through the circuit, use load lines to find currents and voltages accurately around a circuit;
    • understand and perform calculations around the opto-electronic devices;
    • analyze and explain basic rectifier circuits, perform calculations around the different circuits in order to obtain voltages, currents and power consumption;
    • explain and understand the operation of the three basic transistor configurations, show the different characteristic curves and perform calculations around the circuits, draw load lines and understand their significance;
    • explain and understand the principle of operation of the different field effect transistors, draw their characteristic curves;
    • understand and calculate gains and losses with respect to decibels.


    • Oscilloscopes.
    • Atomic theory.
    • Semiconductor theory and P-N Diodes.
    • Opto-electronics.
    • Power supplies.
    • Transistor theory and transistor as an amplifier.
    • Field effect transistor theory.
    • Introduction to decibels.

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