Assignment
title
Electronic systems design, power supplies and calculating values
Assessor
Date issued
Final deadline
Duration
(approx)
Four one-hour sessions over two weeks
Qualification
suite covered
BTEC
BTEC
BTEC
BTEC
Units covered
Unit 8: Electronic Circuit Design and Construction
Learning aims
covered
Learning aim A: Know about electronic systems design
Scenario
You have just taken a new position as a Design Engineer at a small company
that makes a variety of electrical and electronic products. Your Supervisor has
given you some basic details for a new product that includes an electronic
system. You have to design the electronic system and report back to her,
commenting on the reasons for component choices and possible power supplies.
You must also show her all the relevant calculations to prove the system is
suitable, as this new product is crucial to the continued success of the
company.
Task 1
You will be provided with a block diagram, an example of which is shown
below:
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Considering the example above, you must identify and select:
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appropriate input components to respond to falling temperature
a processing component or components that would produce a very high
amplification
an output component that would give a loud audible sound
appropriate passive components.
You must then:
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annotate the block diagram you have been given with symbols of the
chosen components (within the Input, Process and Output blocks)
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write notes giving details as to why you chose each component,
ensuring that you refer to what each component does
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provide in-depth information of how each of your chosen input, process
and output components combine to solve the electronics problem shown
in the block diagram.
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Evidence you
must produce
for this task
 Annotated block diagram
 Supporting notes and further information
Criteria covered by Task 1:
Unit
Criterion
reference
Select and apply appropriate input, process and output, and passive
components for a circuit.
8
2A.P1
Explain reasons for the selection of electronic input, process, output
and passive components.
8
2A.M1
Justify the selection of appropriate input, process and output
components in a circuit design to solve a given electronics problem.
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2A.D1
To achieve the criteria you must show that you are able to:
Task 2
Part 1
Research and produce a written report on the characteristics of different types
of power supplies used to power low current electronic circuits, including:
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zinc carbon, alkaline and NiCad batteries
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button cells
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low voltage power supply units
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solar cells.
Part 2
The following questions are examples of problems where values relating to
electronic circuits have to be calculated. You must complete the calculations
given to you, using the correct units of measurement and showing all workings.
1. Use the circuit diagram below to answer questions a-e.
R1
R2
a. If R1 = 360Ω and R2 = 600Ω, what is the total resistance in the
circuit?
b. If the supply voltage is 9V, what is the current flowing in the
circuit?
c. What is the potential difference across R1?
d. If R1 = 20KΩ and R2 = 10KΩ, what is the total resistance in the
circuit?
e. If the supply voltage is 12V, what is the electrical power in the
circuit?
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2. Use the information below to answer questions a-c.
For capacitors the time constant = C (in farads) x R (in Ohms)
After 1 time constant a capacitor is 50 per cent charged. It takes 6 time
constants for a capacitor to fully charge.
a. If C = 10uF and R = 10KΩ, what is the time constant?
b. If C = 100nF (or 0.0000001F) and R = 33KΩ, what is the time
constant?
c. How long will it take a 1nF capacitor to charge fully with a
resistance of 10KΩ?
3. Power can be calculated using power = VI = I 2R = V2/R, so:
a. If V = 9V and I = 13A, what is the electrical power?
b. If V = 12V and R = 33KΩ, what is the electrical power?
c. If the power = 100W and current = 12A, what is the resistance
in the circuit?
4. Use the following circuit diagram to answer questions a-f:
R1
R2
a. If R1= 10KΩ and R2=15KΩ, what is the total resistance in the
circuit?
b. If the supply voltage is 12V, what is the current flowing through
R1?
c. What is the current flowing through R2?
d. If R1 and R2 are equal, what happens to the current?
e. R1 and R2 = 560Ω. The supply voltage = 9V. What is the current
flowing through R1?
f.
Evidence you
must produce
for this task
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How could you reduce the current flowing through R2 by half?
Written report (Part 1)
Accurate electronic circuit calculations using correct units of measurement
and showing workings (Part 2)
Criteria covered by Task 2:
To achieve the criteria you must show that you are able to:
Describe the characteristics of power supplies and carry out simple
and complex calculations using units of current, resistance, voltage
and power in electronic circuits.
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Unit
Criterion
reference
8
2A.P2
3
Sources of
information
Textbooks
Clarke, S. et al. (2012) BTEC First in Engineering Student Book, Harlow:
Pearson Education, 978 1 44690 243 1.
Sedra, A.S. and Smith, K.C.A. (1997) Microelectronic Circuits, 4th Edition,
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 978 0 19511 690 8.
Tooley, M. (2006) Electronic Circuits: Fundamentals and Applications, 3rd
Edition, Oxford: Newnes, 978 0 75066 923 8.
Tooley, M. (2010) BTEC First Engineering, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Newnes,
978 1 85617 685 9.
Wallis, S. et al. (2010) BTEC First Engineering, London: Hodder Education,
978 1 44411 052 4.
Websites
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/electronics/componentsrev1.shtml
www.technologystudent.com/elec1/elecex.htm
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/higher/physics/elect/resistors/revision/1/
www.harfordemcomm.org/files/ohms_law.pdf
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If you have not achieved the Level 2 criteria, your work will be assessed to determine if the
following Level 1 criteria have been met.
To achieve the criteria you must show that you are able to:
Unit
Criterion
reference
Describe the function and characteristics of electronic input,
process, output and passive components.
8
1A.1
Carry out simple calculations using units of current, resistance,
voltage and power.
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1A.2
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