SEC (2017) ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SEC 37

SEC (2017) ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SEC 37
SEC (2017): Engineering Technology
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
SYLLABUS / LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME
SEC (2017)
SEC 37
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Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 3
Part A: General Policies ................................................................................................................................. 4
A.1. Programme Aim and Objectives ............................................................................................................ 4
A.2. Definitions/ Terminology ....................................................................................................................... 4
A.3. Assessment ............................................................................................................................................ 5
A.3.1 Scope ............................................................................................................................................... 5
A.3.2 Programme Grade ........................................................................................................................... 6
A.3.3 Important Conditions .......................................................................................................................... 6
A.3.4 Re-Sits .............................................................................................................................................. 6
A.4 Quality Assurance ................................................................................................................................... 6
Part B: Unit Specifications............................................................................................................................. 7
B.1 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................ 7
B.2 Unit 1: Working Effectively and Safely in Engineering............................................................................ 8
Learning Outcomes ................................................................................................................................... 8
Competences, Knowledge and Skills......................................................................................................... 9
Unit Content................................................................................................................................................ 10
Assessment Criteria .................................................................................................................................... 11
Assessment criteria – Marking scheme .............................................................................................. 12
References .......................................................................................................................................... 12
Resources ............................................................................................................................................ 12
B.3 Unit 2: Using Engineering Drawings, Tools and Materials .................................................................... 13
Learning Outcomes ................................................................................................................................. 13
Competences, Knowledge and Skills....................................................................................................... 14
Unit Content............................................................................................................................................ 15
Assessment Criteria .................................................................................................................................... 16
Assessment criteria – Marking scheme .............................................................................................. 17
References ................................................................................................................................................. 17
Resources ............................................................................................................................................ 17
B.4 Unit 3: Electronics Circuits Designs ...................................................................................................... 18
Learning Outcomes ..................................................................................................................................... 18
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Competences, Knowledge and Skills....................................................................................................... 19
Unit Content............................................................................................................................................ 21
Assessment Criteria .................................................................................................................................... 23
Assessment criteria – Marking scheme .............................................................................................. 24
References .......................................................................................................................................... 24
Resources ............................................................................................................................................ 24
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Introduction
The aim of this learning and assessment programme is to assist secondary schools to manage
vocational programmes, specifically in the planning and implementation of the programme delivery.
This learning and assessment programme is structured into two parts, namely
Part A: General Policies
Part B: Unit Specifications
In Part A, the overall aim and objectives of the programme are explained. Important terms that will
be used in the LAP (Learning and Assessment Programme) will be defined. Additionally, policies,
guidelines and strategies related to assessment practices are documented in this section. Quality
Assurance processes and procedures are also documented in Part A of this document.
In Part B, the detailed specification of the three units that are to be implemented are provided for
each unit. The learning outcomes, together with a brief description of the unit are also stipulated. The
associated knowledge, skills and competences together with the unit content are specified for each
learning outcome. The assessment criteria for each unit, together with assessment methods that are
to be applied, are presented in this part of the document.
In order to ensure effective implementation of the programme, important standards and quality
assurance processes and procedures have to be adopted. Standard templates will be provided in a
separate document and will be structured as presented in the table provided overleaf.
Reference
A
A
A
A
A
QA
QA
QA
PM
PM
PM
Template
Assessment Template
Feedback Template
Unit Tracking Sheet Template
Programme Tracking Sheet Template
Assessment Schedule Template
Internal Verification Report Templates
External Verification Report Templates
Learner Questionnaire
Programme Team
Programme – Cohort Plan
Agenda /Minutes Meeting Template
Legend:
A: Assessment
QA: Quality Assurance
PM: Programme Management
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Part A: General Policies
A.1. Programme Aim and Objectives
The aim of the vocational programme in Engineering Technology is to provide learners with the
underpinning knowledge related to Engineering Technology, in line with the Malta Qualification
Framework specified at MQF Level 3. By the end of the programme, candidates are expected to have
gained sufficient skills and should be able to apply knowledge and skills under supervision.
Upon completing this programme, learners should be able to:
1. Carry out basic engineering tasks safely and effectively
2. Construct circuits of moderate complexity
3. Interpret and apply engineering information
4. Use tools safely when performing basic engineering tasks
A.2. Definitions/ Terminology
Term
Assessor
Assessment (Continuous)
Controlled Assessment
Learning Outcome
Knowledge
Skills
Competences
Definition
The person responsible to grade the candidates’ work, issue a
mark and determine the candidates’ final grade.
A number of tasks given to the candidate during the course;
these could be an individual task or as group work.
As assessment which can take several forms such as
examination, written report and many others. However, it has
to be conducted within a school environment. The minimum
time for this assessment is 1 hour.
Learning Outcomes are statements which describe what a
qualification represents in terms of knowledge, skills and
competences. The Malta Qualification Frameworks (MQF)
defines a learning outcome as what a learner understands and
is capable of doing at the end of the learning process.
Knowledge refers to the understanding of basic, factual and
theoretical information which is traditionally associated with
formal learning but can also be acquired from informal and
non-formal learning.
Skills imply the application of acquired knowledge and
understanding in different contexts. A skill may be the result of
formal learning or of repetitive work in an informal setting.
Each competence is defined as a combination of knowledge and
skills and is associated with the level of autonomy and
responsibility that the person is expected to have at that level.
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Unit Content
Assessment Grading Criteria
Sample of Work
Quality Assurance
Malta Qualification Framework
Synoptic Assessment
The unit content is the content required to be communicated
and given to the candidate per learning outcome. Each learning
outcome must have content related to it and this content must
be delivered to give the candidates the tools to achieve that
outcome.
Descriptions of what a candidate is expected to do in order to
demonstrate that a learning outcome has been achieved.
A sample of work is a percentage of candidates’ work gathered
as a representative sample for the internal or external verifier.
To assure the standards and quality of the learning assessment
programme.
The Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) provides an
indication of the level of difficulty as a benchmark for a
qualification which needs to be assigned a level and mapped to
the framework. The MQF has level descriptors from Level 1 to
8. The level descriptors are useful for education and training
providers as they describe the Knowledge, Skills and
Competences and a set of Learning Outcomes which indicate to
the learner the end of a learning process.
A Synoptic Assessment can be defined as an assessment which
is designed to cover all the assessment grading criteria for a
given unit.
A.3. Assessment
A.3.1 Scope
Assessment is an important element in any learning process. In order to ensure that assessment
forms candidates and at the same time meet important conditions of reliability, validity and fairness,
important rules and procedures must be adhered to. In particular, the assessment regulations and
procedures that are explained in this section will ensure that assessments are:
 Of the required standard, quality and level
 Fair for all learners
 Valid and reliable
Each unit will be assessed by means of three assignments, one of which must be an assessment
conducted within a controlled school environment. The assessment mode/type, criteria to be
assessed and marks distribution are explained in Part B of the programme as part of the unit
specifications.
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A.3.2 Programme Grade
A cumulative percentage mark, calculated on the basis of a sum total of all the 3 units, determines the
final grade of candidates/ learners. Candidates/ Learners may qualify for Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
The results of candidates/learners who do not obtain at least a Grade 7 shall remain unclassified.
A.3.3 Important Conditions
Candidates must obtain a minimum of 50 marks in each unit in order to obtain a grade classification.
If a candidate obtains a minimum of 50 in two units, but fails to satisfy the examiner in the remaining
unit, s/he may be eligible to obtain Grade 6 or Grade 7.
If a candidate obtains less than 120 marks, his grade will be Unclassified. The same applies if a
candidate does not obtain at least 50 marks in two units by the end of the programme.
A.3.4 Re-Sits
If for a given unit, the total mark gained by a candidate is less than 50 marks, s/he will be eligible to
re-sit. The re-sit assessment must consist of a synoptic assessment conducted within a school
controlled environment during the same academic year. The highest possible mark that may be
obtained in this case is 60 marks.
Candidates who obtained an average of 50 marks or more on completion of the three tasks for a given
unit will not be eligible for a re-sit to better their original mark.
Candidates who miss the controlled assessment for a justifiable reason will be eligible to sit for the
synoptic assessment and may obtain full marks. The mark obtained in this assessment will replace
the controlled assessment mark. The controlled assessment should not be more than 2 hours long.
A.4 Quality Assurance
An important aspect of this programme is the quality assurance processes that must be conducted
throughout the implementation of the programme. Three main processes are to be conducted as
stipulated in the table below.
Internal Verification of Assessment
Briefs
Internal Verification of Assessment
Decisions
External Verification
All assessment briefs are to be internally verified before
being issued to the candidates. Within this process
important checks relating to learning outcomes, criteria to
be assessed, validated and reliability are to be performed.
Once learners complete their work, and assessments have
been corrected, a representative sample of learners work
is to be internally verified.
The process of external verification will ensure that
programme quality and standards criteria are met.
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Part B: Unit Specifications
B.1 Introduction
This part of the programme guide provides detailed specification for each of the 3 units that are to
be implemented for successful completion of the programme. The curriculum design adopted for the
development of the units of study is based on the learning outcomes approach. The latter can be
defined as “written statements of what a learner should be able to do/know/apply by the end of the
learning process.”
The structure of the unit specifications is presented below:
Unit Title
Unit Description
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge
Skills
Competences
Unit Content
Assessment Criteria
Assessment Plan
Textbooks / Resources
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B.2 Unit 1: Working Effectively and Safely in Engineering
Unit 1
Unit Description
Working Effectively and Safely in Engineering
The unit introduces effective and safe work to learners, focusing on their
wellbeing, on prolonged life of tools and equipment and on economic
aspects of work. The primary goal of the unit is to introduce basic work
practices in engineering and potential hazards involved. The learner will
be introduced to EU regulations adopted for engineering activities and for
vocational training. This unit provides learners with knowledge of
material and equipment handling, as well as the use of appropriate
personal protective equipment (PPE), and their classification: protection
of respiratory organs, skin, eye and hearing, protective clothing and
ensembles. Learners will become aware of the hazards and risks
associated with different engineering tasks, working environments (for
example working with high voltages, and static-sensitive devices), use of
tools and equipment (both common and special), and working with
dangerous materials and substances. The unit covers ways of avoiding
hazards and ways to respond correctly and swiftly in case of an incident
both in theory and in practice. The knowledge required during the health
a safety section can also be applied in everyday life. The learner will be
equipped with suitable communication skills for working in a team.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completing the unit, learners should be able to:
LO 1. Apply statutory regulations and organizational safety requirements;
LO 2. Prepare PPE and working environment according to the task checklist;
LO 3. Carry out engineering task according to safety standards.
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Competences, Knowledge and Skills
Competences
Knowledge
Skills
Applying knowledge
and understanding
Communication skills
Judgmental skills:
Learning skills:
At the end of the unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and
the autonomy to:
Comply with safety procedures in accordance to legislation of typical
vocational technician tasks.
{1,3}
Ensure proper preparation of tools, working environment and themselves
for safe work in regards to hazards in electrical engineering
{1,2,3}
Carry out tasks such as installation, assembly and testing under electricity
hazards
{2,3}
At the end of the unit the learner will:
Understand how electrical current, fire and smoke affects the human body
{1}
Be familiar with the necessary steps to help yourself or other person under
electrical shock
{2}
Know basic categories of PPE in relation to electronics technician practice
{2,3}
At the end of the unit learner will have mastered the following skills:
Use protective hand gloves when handling hand tools in a reliable manner
{1,2,3}
Practise correct procedure in case of an incident under time constraint
.{2,3}
Demonstrate procedure of avoiding hazards in basic engineering tasks
{1,2,3}
Interact with colleagues and others when preparing for and reporting after
an engineering task
{2}
Explain the immediate consequences of electrical shock on human health
{1}
Explain in detail the cause of a problem and the effects on safety to a
technical person who is not present on site
{1,3}
Present an effective plan of action when identifying hazards and risks
associated with an engineering task
{2,3}
Evaluate the hazards and risks associated with a typical engineering task for
a technician in electronics
{1}
Identify main causes of a risk that might lead to the observed electrical
hazards in basic tasks
{1,3}
Evaluate proper sequence of PPE usage in complex electrical engineering
tasks
.{2,3}
Choose the specific safety measures, tools, and PPE in the case of incident
{3}
Evaluate own learning to identify areas of self-improvement in avoiding
hazards and risks associated with an engineering task
{1,3}
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Unit Content
LO 1. Apply statutory regulations and organizational safety requirements.
Statutory regulations and organizational safety requirements clearly define the role team members
at work, working environment, workplace, safety and welfare regulations. Regulations cover
personal and protective equipment (PPE), manual handling of operations, identification of warning
signs for the seven main groups of hazardous substances (defined by EU classification), packaging
and labelling of dangerous substances regulations, sources of information and guidance within an
organization; safe and efficient use of equipment (mechanical and electrical), lifting and carrying
techniques, and protecting others from harm. Learners will be able to distinguish between hazardous
working environments, required level of safety and application of safety tools along with required
measures in relation to vocational engineering tasks.
LO 2. Prepare PPE and working environment according to the task checklist.
Learners will be introduced to personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respiratory masks, skin
protection, eye and ear protection, protective footwear, and other protective ensembles such as
hazmat suits and back and spine braces; and their uses while performing different tasks. Learners
will be able to detect all the PPE needed to complete the task safety checklist, by identifying PPE and
checking its function, using it effectively and storing PPE for further use. Learners will be able to
verify proper functioning of PPE in basic engineering tasks and report any causes of protection
failure.
LO 3. Carry out engineering task according to safety standards.
Learners will learn about typical engineering activities such as installing equipment, assembling and
testing parts of devices, machining of parts, servicing machines or equipment, regular and emergency
testing, establishing and following safety procedures, etc. This classification of activities guides the
division of the major groups of protective equipment and statutory regulations. Learners will learn
about general and specific safety measures, tool preparation, preparatory procedures application
and about carrying out work without being exposed to hazards, harming others or destroying tools
and machines. This unit will enable learners to achieve skills needed to complete basic engineering
procedures successfully without being hurt, hurting others or destroying tools and equipment.
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Assessment Criteria
Assessment criteria provide guidance on how the learners will be assessed in order to ensure that
the learning outcome has been achieved. To achieve each outcome a learner must satisfy the
following assessment criteria grid.
Learning Knowledge
Comprehension
Application
Outcomes
LO 1
K-1. List personal and
C-1. Select operations
A-1. Demonstrate the
protective equipment
and measures
prompt and correct
imposed by statutory
required for
procedure in case of
regulations relating to
maintaining a safe
an incident.
organizational safety
work environment.
requirements.
C-2. Describe packaging
K-2. Identify warning signs
and labelling of
for the seven main
dangerous
groups of hazardous
substances.
substances.
LO 2
K-3. Relate PPE to major
C-3. Describe the
A-2. Apply properly the
groups of tasks.
functions of PPE for
PPE in relation to
K-4. List all the PPE needed to
a specific task.
basic vocational
complete the task safety
C-4. Describe the
technician tasks.
checklist.
necessary steps to
K-5. Explain the effects of
help person under
electricity on the human
electrical shock.
body and consequences
of electrical shock to
human health.
LO 3
K-6. List typical engineering
C-5. Explain a cause
A-3. Apply current safety
activities.
resulting in hazard
legislation in order
K-7. Relate major groups of
to technical person.
to complete an
protective equipment to
activity safely and
specified activities.
effectively.
K-8. Relate the statutory
regulations to a given
activity.
K-9. List general and specific
safety measures for
specified engineering
activities.
K-10. Prepare tools for
specified engineering
activities.
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Assessment criteria – Marking scheme
4 marks are to be allocated for each knowledge assessment criteria (K1 to K10), for a total of
marks.
6 marks are to be allocated for each comprehension assessment criteria (C1 to C5), for a total of
marks.
10 marks are to be allocated for each application assessment criteria (A1 to A3), for a total of
marks.
Ass. No.
Assessment Mode
Percentage distribution
1
Take-home
30%
2
Practical
30%
3
Controlled
40%
40
30
30
References
Textbooks
 Health and Safety Executive – Essentials of Health and Safety at Work (HSE Books, 2006),
ISBN 9780717661794
 Health and Safety Executive – Health and Safety in Engineering Workshops (HSE Books,
2004), ISBN 9780717617173
Websites
 http://electrical-engineering-portal.com/21-safety-rules-for-working-with-electricalequipment, as of 3.9.2013.
 http://www.ohsa.org.mt/ Maltese Occupational Health and Safety Authority
 http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/your_guid
e_workplace_health_saftey_maltese_0909.pdf as of 3.9.2013.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Agency_for_Safety_and_Health_at_Work, as of
3.9.2013.
Resources
Workshop facility is essential for the delivery of guided training in basic vocational engineering tasks.
Basic set of equipment, hand and power tools are needed. All PPE must be available to be used by
every single learner during demonstration, practice and assessment.
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B.3 Unit 2: Using Engineering Drawings, Tools and Materials
Unit 2
Unit Description
Using Engineering Drawings, Tools and Materials
This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to use
engineering information, such as drawings and instructions, necessary to carry
out vocational engineering operations, with particular focus on electronics. The
ability to access and use information is probably one of the most critical basic
vocational skills required in engineering.
This unit will enable learners to understand how to make effective use of
information when working with documentation that consist of engineering
drawings, reference tables, specifications, charts or any other medium/ means
which carries information, being either printed or digital. Learners will be trained
to extract information from engineering drawings and related documents in a
fast and reliable way. Learners will also learn how to use drawings and related
documentation to determine the work that needs to be done, carry out the work
according to specifications and validate their own performance.
Learners will be using measuring and marking out tools, selecting materials,
and other hand tools to carry out basic engineering tasks under supervision.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, the learner will be able to:
LO 1.Interpret engineering drawings and information
LO 2. Select engineering materials for a specified task
LO 3. Use measuring and marking out tools appropriately for a given task
LO4. Use tools safely when undertaking basic engineering tasks.
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Competences, Knowledge and Skills
Competences
At the end of the unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and
autonomy to:
Extract information from engineering drawings, written documentation
and other sources needed to carry out an engineering task;
.{1,2}
Apply engineering drawings and related documentation to carry out a given
task
.{1,4}
Compile personal safety responsibilities from technical specifications {4}
Produce a control check-list to carry out, validate own work and generate
report
{1,3)
Knowledge
At the end of the unit the learner will:
Be familiar with the range of engineering documentation related
engineering processes
{1}
Understand information from engineering drawings, related
documentation and other sources before carrying out an engineering task
{1,3,4}
Understand important properties of materials
{2}
Know how to use tools safely and effectively
{3, 4}
At the end of the unit the learner will have mastered the following
skills:
Prepare information from relevant drawings and related documentation to
estimate its value
{1}
Use control procedures for the drawings and related documentation used
when carrying out a task
{1, 3, 4}
Collaborate with others during group work, to match information on site
with technical specification of a given task
{1,2}
Generate fact finding report of a job done, combining instructions with
check-list and other information available
{1,3}
Skills
Applying knowledge
and understanding
Communication skills
Judgmental skills:
Learning skills:
Evaluate information compiled from engineering drawings, relevant
documentation and other sources to assess its relevance to a given
engineering task
{2}
Analyse relevance and usefulness of information from engineering
documentations.
{1,2}
Select different materials in terms of purpose of use
{2}
Study tools and procedures to adapt and augment available documentation
for further personal or public use
{1,3}
Carry out steps for creating own documentation archive
{1,2,3}
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Unit Content
LO 1. Interpret engineering drawings and information
Learners will interpret engineering drawings including, Orthographic projection (1st / 3rd angle),
Pictorial views (iso / oblique), and exploded views. Important concepts relating to dimensioning,
such as imperial / metric systems, scales and symbols / for part of the learning content. Learners
will also learn on charts and documentation, including Tapping drill charts, flow charts, manuals,
data sheets, job cards and Standards such as ISO and BS.
LO 2. Select engineering materials for a specified task
Learners will learn about basic material properties, like hardness, toughness, strength and
plasticity. They will also learn about the properties, application and limits of different groups of
materials, like ferrous metals (steel, cast iron), non-ferrous metals (aluminium, brass, copper, and
lead), polymers, composites, and organic materials , like solid timber and manufactured boards.
LO 3. Use measuring and marking out tools appropriately for a given task
Know about and use measuring and marking out tools such as Engineer’s ruler / square; Scriber /
centre punch / dividers; Veneer calliper / height gauge; Scribing block; Work holding devices /
angle plates; Marking out mediums and Datum edges.
LO4. Use tools safely when undertaking basic engineering tasks.
Know about and use hand tools including saws, files, pliers. Know about and use power tools such
as Jig saw and Power drill. Know about and use machinery such as Centre lathe, Pillar drill and
Sanding machine.
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Assessment Criteria
Assessment criteria provide guidance on how the students will be assessed in order to ensure that
the learning outcome has been achieved. To achieve each outcome a learner must satisfy the
following assessment criteria: .
Learning Knowledge
Comprehension
Application
Outcomes
K-1.
Identify different
A-1.
Discover
C-1.
Show assembly
engineering drawings, charts
missing
sequences or
and standards
information
installation
LO 1
K-2.
Explain the function of
sources that
requirements from
engineering drawings, charts
might lead to
the documents.
and standards
completion of a
given task.
K-3.
Identify and explain the
C-2.
Recognise
difference between ferrous
mechanical
and non-ferrous metals
properties of
K-4.
Identify and explain the
materials
difference between natural
C-3.
Describe
LO 2
and manufactured woods
different tests that
K-5. Identify and explain the
can be conducted
difference between
within an
thermosetting and
engineering
thermoplastic polymers
environment
LO 3
K-6.
Identify measuring and
marking out tools
K-7.
Explain the purpose of use
of measuring and marking out
tools
K-8.
List a set of actions that
need to be taken when
handling tools
LO 4
K-9.
Explain, by the use of
C-5.
Select
sketches, different hand tools
appropriate tools for
that can be used in engineering
a given engineering
K-10. Identify the main parts of
application
machine tools
C-4.
Describe
appropriate
corrective action for
defective equipment
A-2.
Use
measuring and
marking out
tools
appropriately
for a given
engineering
task
A-3.
Use
manufacturing
tools
appropriately
for a given
basic task
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Assessment criteria – Marking scheme
4 marks are to be allocated for each knowledge assessment criteria (K1 to K10), for a total of 40
marks.
6 marks are to be allocated for each comprehension assessment criteria (C1 to C5), for a total of 30
marks.
10 marks are to be allocated for each application assessment criteria (A1 to A3), for a total of 30
marks.
Ass. No.
Assessment Mode
Percentage distribution
1
Take-home
30%
2
Practical
30%
3
Controlled
40%
References
Textbooks:


Electrical Documentation According to Standards, by Jørgen Sommer, 3rd edition 2011,
ISBN 978-87-989072-4-4
Simmons D, Maguire D and Phelps N – Manual of Engineering Drawing (Butterworth
Heinemann, 2009), ISBN 9780750689854
Websites

http://madiadly.webs.com/Using%20and%20interpreting%20information/Interpreting%
20and%20Using%20Engineering%20Information.pdf, as of 3.9.2013.
Resources
Workshop facility is essential for the delivery of guided training in basic vocational engineering
tasks. Basic set of equipment, hand and power tools are needed. All PPE must be available to be
used by every single student during demonstrating, practice and assessment.
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B.4 Unit 3: Electronics Circuits Designs
Unit 4
Unit Description
Electronic Circuits Designs
This unit will provide learners with the skills and theory required for selecting
electronic devices and designing simple circuits. Such skills and knowledge are
a requirement in the vocational domain of an electronics technician.
The unit builds up the learner’s competence in simple circuit schematics and
design by providing sufficient understanding of the fundamental principles of
selecting electronic devices to meet given specifications. Learners will also
develop the ability to design and prototype a simple electronic circuit using a
variety of techniques, including desktop prototyping on breadboards.
In addition learners will gain an understanding of the safe working practices
needed when working with electronic components and circuits as well as the
hazards and risks that can occur when assembling electronic circuits in a
workshop or laboratory. Learners will understand the characteristics of
electronic components, passive and active, up to the level of operational
amplifiers, their symbolic representation in circuit schematics as well as their
usage and rules of selection
The above is followed by various methods used for electronic circuits
prototyping using hand designs of printed circuit boards (PCB) and simple
software tools used for PCB layout design. The focus on PCB design is in
relation to placing basic elements of electronic circuit such as voltage
stabilizing circuitry and separating analogue from digital circuitry in order to
avoid interference.
Finally, rules of wiring and shielding within the electronic device housing are
explained by carefully selected examples of simple electronic devices.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit the learner will be able to:
LO 1. Use safe working practices in the electronics laboratory and workshop
LO 2. Describe the function of basic electronic components
LO 3. Demonstrate prototyping skills of electronic circuits, typically used in vocational engineering
LO 4. Construct circuits of moderate complexity
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Competences, Knowledge and Skills
Competences
Knowledge
Skills
Applying
knowledge and
understanding
At the end of the unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and
autonomy to:
Test electronic circuits of medium complexity using active components
{1,3,4}
Produce an electronic circuit design with integrated circuits of medium
complexity using the appropriate symbols and rules of selection {1,2,3,4}
Carry out the appropriate safety measures and procedures to ensure the
safety of personnel and to protect components and devices when working
on electronic circuits.
{1,3,4}
Participate in a team to share own ideas and skills when working on a given
task
{,3,4}
At the end of the unit the learner will:
Be familiar with the health and safety requirements when working in an
electronics laboratory and workshop
{1}
Know the different safety procedures required to safeguard personnel as
well as components and devices in electronic circuits
{1}
Be conversant with the tools, equipment and materials required to work on
the construction of circuits
{1,2,4}
Be familiar with the fundamental principles of electronic devices to be able
to select devices and meet given specifications
{1,2,3,4}
Be familiar with the electronic components and devices and their placement
in circuit diagrams
{2}
Be familiar with the procedure used to apply a through hole component in
circuits
{2,3,4}
Know the established safety measures and regulations related to the
constructions of circuits
{1,2,4}
Be familiar with the characteristics and symbols of electronic components
{2}
Be familiar with the basic applications of semi-conductor devices
{2,3,4}
At the end of the unit the learners will have mastered the following
skills:
Use the correct tools and method to protect components and devices from
electrostatic discharge
{1}
Use circuits and associated bench top equipment to solve a particular
problem
{3}
Design and prototype a simple electronic circuit using a variety of
techniques
{3}
Carry out basic voltage-current-resistance tests of a breadboard circuitry
using table top measurement equipment
{3}
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Communication
skills
Judgmental skills:
Learning skills:
Communicate results achieved from tests conducted on specific circuits
{1,3,4}
State the hazards and risks that can be encountered when assembling
electronic circuits in a workshop or laboratory
{1}
Explain the differences between ideal and real semi-conductor devices
{4}
Choose the correct tools, materials, equipment and procedure to work on
given e circuits in a laboratory or workshop
{1,2,3}
Select the most suitable components and devices to construct a circuit for
given specifications
{2,3,4}
Assess a designed circuit in relation to board dimensions, placement, cost
and functionality
{2,3,4}
Assess the effect of temperature on given components
{4}
Predict the peak-to-peak output of an inverting semi-conductor device
using feedback resistors
{3}
Solve basic problems by using given basic methods, tools, materials and
information
{1,3,4}
Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in the design of electronic circuits.
{3,4}
Research online to improve own knowledge of electronic circuits
{2,3,4}
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Unit Content
LO1. Use safe working practices in the electronics laboratory and workshop.
Although working with electronic circuits results in no hazards to personnel, there are areas where
safety procedures are required. Safety procedured are required when wiring power supply units,
conducting protective grounding of awork piece and items and chassis This uniit will also take into
consideration the safety procedures required with chemicals for etching and soldering fumes.
Other types of safe working practice include methods to prevent electrostatic discharge that may
harm the electronic circuitry.
Learners will be able to extend their knowledge and awareness of supplementary techniques,
concepts and materials using varied resources and media formats within the scope of circuitry design
and related problems related.
Besides, learners will be able to work in teams so that each and every learner will bring his/her own
diverse skills and knowledge when conducting lab experiments.
LO 2. Describe the function of basic electronic components
Components and devices are considered as an integral part of modern, mixed-signal systems
enabling various functions in reaction to environment and to operator. A variety of electronic
components such as: batteries, power supplies, connectors, resistors, capacitors, inductors/chokes,
diodes, transistors (bipolar and unipolar), togetherwith a wide range of information regarding design
principles, housing, annotation, availability on the market and application ideas will be introduced.
Learners will learn how to categorise devices are into switches for breaking or diverting current flow
, based on a command or environmental event. Other devices such as sensors and transducers, LED,
relays, operational amplifiers, comparators, timers and integrated circuits, and logic gates will be
explored.
LO3. Demonstrate prototyping skills of electronic circuits, typically used in vocational
engineering.
Learners will be able to list, explain and perform basic circuitry from electronic schematics, using
basic rules of positioning the components and skills of wirewraping and soldering. Based on the
schematics or experimental setup, learners will be able design by hand and/or software the PCB
layout of a simple circuitry, such as power amplifiers and output stages, in one layer, with wire
jumpers.
In addition, learners will be able to conduct experimental laboratory work using circuits and
associated bench top equipment such as voltage supplies and oscilloscopes to solve a particular
problem.
LO4. Construct circuits of moderate complexity with semi-conductor devices and through hole
components.
Learners will be able to use basic circuit building blocks to create more advanced circuits within the
scope and to the extent of the information presented.
Based on the knowledge of operational amplifiers and their internal devices, including BJT and CMOS
transistors, learners will be able to construct examples of Semi conductor devices at basic to
moderate complexity level, using through hole components. Using such examples learners will
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demonstrate the differences between “ideal” and “real” semi conductor devices, the frequency
response of semi conductor devices and the basic effect of feedback.
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Assessment Criteria
Assessment criteria provide guidance on how the learners will be assessed in order to ensure that
the learning outcome has been achieved.
To achieve each outcome a learner must satisfy the following assessment criteria.
Learning
Outcomes
LO 1
LO 2
LO 3
LO 4
Knowledge
Comprehension
Application
K-1.
Define possible hazards
and potential treats to
ensure safe and reliable
operation of electronic
circuitry.
K-2.
Define the procedures
to prevent electrostatic
discharge and protect the
electronic circuitry.
K-3. Describe functionality and
use of power supplies and
battery chargers.
K-4. Show the characteristics of
diodes and transistors
K-5. Describe functionality and
use of amplifiers and
comparators.
K-6. State the main
characteristics of the
fundamental integrated
circuits topologies.
K-7.
Describe the main
features of multimeters
and oscilloscopes.
K-8.
Describe the purpose of
using testing equipment.
C-1.Identify
appropriate PPE
for given
engineering tasks.
A-1.
Apply safe
working practices
whilst constructing
an electronic
circuit.
K-9. Describe at least 3
methods of constructing a
circuit.
K-10. State the process of
constructing a PCB
C-2. Describe the
function of a basic
system through
the use of a block
diagram consisting
of common
electronic
components and
devices.
C-3.Describe a simple
case study suitable
for applying testing
equipment
C-4.Select suitable
testing equipment
for a given case
study
C-5.Describe the need
of basic voltagecurrent-resistance
tests.
A-2.
Use
multimeters
appropriately to
determine
important electrical
data
A-3.
Construct a
circuit using 2
methods of
construction
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Assessment criteria – Marking scheme
4 marks are to be allocated for each knowledge assessment criteria (K1 to K10), for a total of 40
marks.
6 marks are to be allocated for each comprehension assessment criteria (C1 to C5), for a total of 30
marks.
10 marks are to be allocated for each application assessment criteria (A1 to A3), for a total of 30
marks.
Ass. No.
Assessment Mode
Percentage distribution
1
Take-home
30%
2
Practical
30%
3
Controlled
40%
References
Textbooks
 Tooley M – Electronic Circuits – Fundamentals and Applications: Fundamentals and
Applications (Newnes, 2006) ISBN 9780-750669238
 Electronic Circuits and Secrets of an Old-Fashioned Spy, by Sheldon Charrett,1999-05-01 |
ISBN: 1581600275
 Webtool for Sketch, simulate, and share schematics.
Resources
Workshop facility is essential for the delivery of guided training on basic vocational engineering
tasks. Basic set of equipment, hand and power tools are needed. All PPE must be available to be used
by every single learner during demonstrating, practice and assessment.
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