The work in electronics develops a student’s knowledge of electronic components and circuits. Whilst the subject is practical in nature it involves the need to understand and apply certain mathematical and scientific principles.
Project work involves students in identifying needs which can be solved by the use of suitable electronic circuits. In addition students combine their designing and making skills with the theoretical knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a quality product.
In many projects it is appropriate to look at the historical development of modern day products for example security systems for home, panic alarms, children’s toys, aids for the disabled, hazard warning devices, etc.
Students develop selective skills in choosing suitable circuits, components and materials for inclusion in their designs.
The course promotes and develops students’ specific skills in:-
- The designing, testing and building of prototype circuits through practical experience and computer-aided simulation.
- The identification and selection of appropriate components from catalogues.
- The design of printed circuit boards using computer software.
- The design and manufacture of appropriate product cases using computer-aided design (CAD) to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals.
- The use of computer-aided manufacture (CAM) in single item production and in batch or volume production.
Assessment will be in the form of a written paper (40%) and coursework (60%). The coursework will involve a design and make project which involves students in the production of a design folder and a realisation of the electronic product.
Examples of Student’s Work