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A/AS Electronics What is Electronics? Electronics has revolutionised the way in which we lead our lives. Obvious examples are radio, television and computing, but electronics systems control virtually every aspect of our lives; in cars, washing machines, aircraft, telephones ?? the list is endless. This course is a useful introduction to Electronics, providing the student with the necessary knowledge and qualifications to go on to study Electronics at university or be able to use that knowledge in a more advanced course or in a job. At Alton our aim is to make the course interesting and enjoyable by mixing practical work with the theory. Is Electronics suitable for me? Student comments range from OEchallenging , OEgreat when project/circuit works to OEgreat sense of achievement. By far the most enjoyable part of the course is building and testing circuits and finally designing, building and testing the student's own project. The more challenging, and so the more rewarding parts are OEgetting circuits to work the first time or even the eighth time , and explaining how it works. How will I learn? The course assumes no previous knowledge of Electronics. Lessons are taught in the well resourced Electronics Laboratory. A typical lesson will involve you in building and testing a circuit on either a specially designed teaching board or on a prototyping board. We devote little or no time to soldering the circuits. We are far more interested in the underlying ideas and the design process than in hard wiring the final product. Three units will be studied in the first year for the AS level two theory units, one of which covers simple electronics, components, digital circuits and logic. The other will include feedback theory, amplifying audio signals and microcontrollers. Most lessons will have a very hands on approach. The other until will involve building and testing specific circuits including a digital circuit and a microcontroller. For those going on to A level in year 2 the units covered will involve digital processing, communication systems, TV systems, servo control systems and microprocessor systems. Each lesson will be similar to year 1 but in more depth and the project is expected to be substantial. The homework and private study time should amount to about 4 to 5 hours per week. How will I be assessed? Each level, both AS and A2, will be assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework projects. Assessments: In both the AS and A2 years, two units are assessed by two 1 ? hour theory papers. The theory papers are the normal written answer and calculation type. In the first year the other assessment will be to build and investigate three circuits. In the 2nd year the final assessment will be to design, build and test a more complex circuit. Total assessment weighting for AS and A level Coursework: AS - 27%; A2 - 27% Progression Many students move on to study Electronics at university or go directly to a job in Electronics. If you are thinking about electrical or electronic engineering courses at university it is important to bear in mind that most will require A level Mathematics. Course costs All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer discs and calculators (where appropriate). Costs are outlined below: Essential: ?20 for a textbook ?10 minimum for a scientific calculator. If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, there is the opportunity to apply for help from the College Access Fund. Course: OCR H065/H465 Print view | To top

A/AS Electronics What is Electronics? Electronics has revolutionised the way in which we lead our lives. Obvious examples are radio, television and computing, but electronics systems control virtually every aspect of our lives; in cars, washing machines, aircraft, telephones ?? the list is endless. This course is a useful introduction to Electronics, providing the student with the necessary...

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