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Electronics (Accelerated)

Flexible curriculum design and a powerful classroom management system combine to create a unique program that uses dynamic multimedia learning materials to deliver interactive, engaging electronics instruction that can be used to underpin a wide range of technical areas such as telecommunications, industrial maintenance and automotive maintenance.
  • AEP courses are easier to run than traditional electronic courses.
  • Pre-prepared teacher’s theory presentations and support material.
  • Modules are flexible and fit into any teaching schedule.
  • Curriculum material and hardware are easily managed.
  • Provides the ‘core’ electronics skills for a wide range of vocational and hardware programs.
  • Optional materials allow the system to deliver A/AS Level Electronics.
  • Multimedia learning materials support a wide range of learners.
  • Cost-effective way to update existing electronics programs.
  • Compatible with exiting D3000 base units and standard test equipment.
The AEP program has 15 modules, providing 217 hours of instruction. A typical assignment contains:
  • An instructor-delivered PowerPoint theory presentation.
  • Student centered computer aided instruction material.
  • Continuous assessment
  • Optional on-line delivery via ClassCampus
  • Class-based wireless assessment system available

DIGIAC AEP topic coverage:

  • Electronic Systems

  • Basic electricity
  • DC and AC Circuits
  • Electromagnetism
  • Semiconductors
  • Operational amplifiers
  • Digital electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Telecommunications

 

Electronics Teacher Support

Based on our experiences of working with educators in thousands of programs over the past twenty five years, we have created a series of Electronics resources for teachers.

Ranging from user forums to on-line teacher certification along with configurable tests that can be generated from a bank of questions, these resources have been specifically designed to help teachers make the best use of their Electronics laboratory and to ensure that students gain the most from their learning experience.

Many of the resources have been designed to allow teachers to run lock-step activities in their lab.

  • PowerPoint presentations that can be used for whole group presentations

  • Tracked and Managed learning
  • Instant Student Assessment
  • On-line learning and support
  • Academic Support programs

 

Breadboard Circuit Projects

Breadboard Circuit Projects

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Oscillator circuit

  • Flashing light circuit
  • Intruder alarm circuit
  • Automatic light switch circuit
  • Variable voltage DC supply circuit
  • Continuity tester circuit
  • Police siren circuit
  • Logic probe circuit
  • Event counter circuit
  • Electronic dice circuit

 

Breadboard Component Projects

Breadboard Component Projects

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Breadboarding techniques

  • Resistor circuit
  • Potentiometer circuit
  • Photocell circuit
  • Capacitor circuit
  • Loudspeaker circuit
  • Diode circuit
  • SCR circuit
  • NPN transistor circuit
  • PNP transistor circuit

 

Control Systems

Control Systems

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Open & closed loop control systems

  • Feedback in control systems
  • Microprocessor control system
  • Single-chip microprocessor system
  • Flowchart design
  • BASIC programming with PICs
      - Inputs and outputs
      - Time delays
      - Sequencing events
      - Arithmetic operations
      - Interrupts

 

Further Control Systems

Further Control Systems

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • BASIC programming with PICs
      - LED sequencing
      - Ultrasonic transducers
      - DAC and ADC converters
      - Breaking beam alarm
      - Motor control

  • Neural networks

 

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Logic systems

  • Switch logic circuits
  • Characteristics of TTL gates
  • NOT, NAND, NOR, AND, OR, EXOR and EXNOR gates
  • Boolean algebra
  • Karnough maps
  • Combinational logic
  • Schmitt NOT gate
  • S-R latch
  • J-K flip-flops
  • D-type flip-flops

 

Advanced Digital Circuits

Advanced Digital Circuits

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • 555 monostable circuit

  • 555 astable circuit
  • NAND gate monostable circuit
  • NAND gate astable circuit
  • Binary counter
  • Binary coded decimal counter
  • Seven segment display and decoder
  • Multiplexer
  • Demultiplexer
  • Digital-to-analog converter
  • Analog-to-digital converter

 

DC Circuits

DC Circuits

 

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Electrical Safety

  • DC Circuits
  • Resistance
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Power in circuits
  • Resistor color coding
  • Resistors in series
  • Resistors in parallel
  • Rheostat and potentiometer
  • Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law
  • Kirchhoff’s Current Law

 

AC Circuits

AC Circuits

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • AC signals

  • Charging and discharging capacitors
  • Capacitors in DC and AC circuits
  • Capacitors in series and parallel
  • CR integrator circuit
  • Resistors on an AC supply
  • Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law for AC
  • Kirchhoff’s Current Law for AC
  • Inductors on an AC supply
  • RC, RL and RLC circuits with AC
  • Frequency response of RC, RL and RLC circuits

 

Electromagnetism

Electromagnetism

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Magnetic materials

  • Magnetic field
  • Magnets
  • Electromagnets
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Solenoid
  • Transformers
  • DC motor
  • DC generator
  • Relays

 

Electronic Systems

Electronic Systems

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Electronic Systems

  • Output Sub-Systems
  • Input Sub-Systems
  • Signals
  • Process Sub-Systems

 

Amplifier Circuits

Amplifier Circuits

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Operational Amplifiers

  • Inverting amplifier
  • Non-inverting amplifier
  • Voltage follower
  • Summing amplifier
  • Voltage comparators
  • Op-amp characteristics
  • Schmitt triggers
  • Op-amp integrator circuit
  • Active filters
  • Push-pull circuits

 

Experiment Card Master Board

Experiment Card Master Board

The built-in electronics master board provided with the Series 9X base unit is available as a circuit panel, for use with the DIGIAC 3000 VIP or Experiment Platform. It provides a central mounting area for all the circuit cards of the AEP Program, and is an alternative option to using the Series 9X base unit. This option provides greater flexibility if you wish to run a course of study that combines modules from the DIGIAC 3000 and AEP Electronics Programs
Experiment Platform

Experiment Platform

The DIGIAC 3000 ExP provides power supplies and connection facilities for the complete range of DIGIAC 3000 circuit boards. It can operate either in standalone mode, or via a USB interface to a host PC. Facilities are provided for switching of faults into most DIGIAC 3000 circuit boards. Alignment of each circuit board on the DIGIAC 3000 ExP is achieved by means of an integral guide rail system. A locking mechanism ensures a reliable and safe electrical contact. The DIGIAC 3000 ExP meets the power supply requirements for all DIGIAC 3000 circuit boards. The following power supply outputs are provided:
  • 0-12V Variable DC
  • +5V DC
  • -5V DC
  • +12V DC
  • -12V DC
  • 12-0-12V 50/60 Hz AC

 

Series 9X Base Unit

Series 9X Base Unit

The Series 9X base unit has been designed to allow students to perform experimentation using all modules in the Electronics Principles and Communications Principles ranges. The unit has a built-in electronics master board providing a central mounting area for the circuit cards, plus a range of input/output and signal processing circuits. Connection of the base unit to a student PC workstation allows automatic insertion of switched faults.

 

Virtual Instrument Platform

Virtual Instrument Platform

This new Virtual Instrument Platform uses up-to-date technology combined with attractive Windows-based programming to integrate a full set of virtual instruments into one self-contained unit. The unit is controlled by a PC through either a fast serial port or USB port.

Specifically designed for use with all the existing DIGIAC 3000 study modules and circuit boards, this new unit is fully compatible with both our ClassAct and ClassCampus learning management systems. The unit features a new vertical mount console design which makes it more suited to use next to a PC workstation.

A single handed circuit load/unload mechanism makes it easy for the user to insert the D3000 circuit boards and a special barcode reader is used to detect which board has been inserted. A complete set of virtual instruments is integrated into the new VIP unit. These run on the student's PC and provide virtual multimeters, oscilloscope and function generator as they follow the on-screen learning material.

When the VIP unit is used in conjunction with our ClassAct or ClassCampus learning management systems the Instructor can monitor the inputs and outputs of the virtual instruments and control the power supplies on the VIP unit. They can also switch faults into the circuit board remotely or at the unit via a password protected utility. The D3000 Computer Aided Instruction can also switch faults into any circuit board mounted on the VIP unit. Students can store data captured by the virtual instruments for inclusion in their paper-based workbooks or electronic portfolios.

 

Semiconductors - Diodes and Transistors

Diodes and Transistors

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • PN junction diode

  • Diode testing
  • Half-wave rectification
  • Zener diode
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
  • Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT)
  • Light Dependant Resistor (LDR)
  • Thermistor
  • Transistor switches
  • Transistor amplifiers
  • Common emitter amplifier

 

Further Semiconductor Devices

Further Semiconductor Devices

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Single transistor emitter follower

  • Darlington pair emitter follower
  • PNP common emitter amplifier
  • MOSFET characteristics
  • MOSFET applications
  • Power dissipated by transistors
  • Heatsinks
  • Silicon controlled rectifier (SCR)
  • SCR applications
  • Uni-junction transistor (UJT)
  • UJT applications

 

Telecommunications

Telecommunications

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Basic telecommunication system

  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radio wave propagation
  • Amplitude modulation (AM)
  • Frequency modulation (FM)
  • Radio receivers
  • Antenna characteristics
  • LC tuned circuits
  • Superheterodyne receiver
  • Optical fiber communications

 

Further Telecommunications

Further Telecommunications

This is an integrated instructional module designed specifically to operate within the DIGIAC AEP Electronics Program environment. The module package provides on screen computer-aided instruction materials, printed worksheets and interactive software sufficient for the student to complete the practical learning activities contained the assignments. Instructor Theory presentations are provided by our optional EPP01 Package.

Typical topic areas include:

  • Pulse amplitude modulation (PAM)

  • Pulse width modulation (PWM
  • Pulse position modulation (PPM)
  • Pulse code modulation (PCM)
  • Time-division multiplexing of PAM signals and PCM signals
  • Serial transmission
  • Asynchronous transmission
  • Synchronous transmission
  • Parallel transmission
  • Mobile phone communications