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Laboratory Manual

Objectives:

This document provides an introduction and overview of the lab activities for the EE223 module. Please read this carefully before attending the lab sessions.

There are four "Digital" and two "Analogue" Lab sessions in total. Each session lasts three hours. Completing the lab activities is a required component of the module and be careful, there is no resit opportunity for the laboratories during the summer (the grade that you get in CA in Semester 1 will be the grade that is used for calculation in the resit examination session). These will be graded, and will contribute a total of 30% of your overall mark for the EE223 module.

General Instructions:

  • Study the instructions for each lab exercise in detail, in advance of each scheduled lab session. If you do not do this, you will almost certainly not be able to complete the assigned exercise in the available time during the session. (In general, your mark for a lab session will be reduced, pro rata, if you do not complete the assigned work.) Note that, in general, this means that you will have to research and develop your knowledge of relevant prior concepts (i.e., to locate and study appropriate "external" resources, such as textbooks etc.); and you should also have completed all the prior weekly worksheets.
  • Refer to the School of Electronic Engineering Undergraduate Laboratory Handbook for general instructions on conduct of laboratories.
  • You must attend punctually. Attendance will normally be recorded in the first 15 minutes of the session: if you arrive after the attendance is taken, you will be recorded as absent.
  • If you are recorded as absent from any compulsory attendance lab, you must submit a written explanation, with appropriate documentation (e.g., medical certificate etc.) to Dr. Derek MolloyIf you omit to do this, you will be recorded as having failed the laboratory and will receive a mark of zero for that laboratory.
  • You will normally work in groups of two students in each session. You should self organise into such groups on arrival (or beforehand, if you prefer).
  • Ask a demonstrator if you are unsure of anything. In particular, if you have any doubt about the safety of any procedure, you must discuss this with a demonstrator beforehand.
  • Complete all sections of each lab. Show all recorded data, and answers to questions, clearly in your logbook.
  • Record actual results (comment on them if they are unexpected!)
  • Write up full and suitable conclusions for each session. 
  • Think critically about what you are doing!
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