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Electrical Engineering: Sensing, Powering and Controlling

Get a taste of an electrical engineering degree. Build your confidence in communicating ideas and using technical vocabulary.

Electrical Engineering: Sensing, Powering and Controlling

Improve your knowledge of key concepts in electrical engineering.

This online course provides an introduction to electronic, electrical and systems engineering.

You’ll examine everyday electrical circuits, such as pick-ups for musical instruments, and out of this world circuits, such as devices used in space.

You’ll develop skills in analysing and designing digital and analogue circuits and systems, and get familiar with using English technical vocabulary. You’ll understand how electric engineering systems are used in specific contexts, and gain confidence in communicating engineering ideas.

The course is provided in English with Mandarin transcripts.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second[Music]

Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsElectronic and electrical systems are at the heart of almost everything that we do. You could be traveling on a train and you might be listening to music or watching an on-demand video or you could be talking to friends or you could be studying on an online course. In all of these examples you, as the user, are at the centre of an electronic and electrical system. My name's Tim Jackson from the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. I work in the department of Electronic Electrical and Systems Engineering. During this course you'll find out what we mean by electronic engineering, by electrical engineering and by systems engineering.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsAnd you'll do that through examples drawn from the research that we do here in the department and from the material that we teach on our first-year courses. Our three examples illustrate the diversity and importance of electronic electrical and systems engineering. We'll begin with looking at the context behind each example because understanding context is important to designing a system that meets our needs. We'll also look at some of the underlying principles behind the methods that we'll use in our design and in our analysis. You will do some exercises that will help you develop your understanding as well as your confidence in communicating your ideas. We look forward to welcoming you to our course. [Music]

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering
  • Introduction to systems and systems terminology
  • Transducers and their purpose
  • Electronic systems in context
  • Issues relating to solar power / batteries in space
  • Introduction to the Space Weather research group
  • Electrical circuits
  • The differences between analogue and digital Electrical Engineering
  • Introduction to digital electronics
  • Overview of control systems for rail platform shield walls

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Investigate what is meant by Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
  • Develop your skills in analysing and designing circuits and systems.
  • Improve your confidence in communicating Engineering ideas using English technical vocabulary.
  • Assess how different Electronic and Electrical Engineering systems are used in specific contexts.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the role and uses of Electrical Engineering. It may be particularly useful for students who are thinking about taking an electrical engineering degree in the UK, including those for whom English is a second language.

Who will you learn with?

Tim Jackson

I am a senior lecturer, teaching Electrical Engineering and Electrical Energy systems to first and second year students and supervising final year student research projects.

Who developed the course?

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.

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