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MECH1007 Applied Electricity 

Code MECH1007
Alt. Codes(s) None
Applied Electricity
Level 1
UCL Credits/ECTs 0.5 / 7.5
Start September
End May
Taught by
Dr Ben Hanson (50%) Module Coordinator
  Mr Manish Tiwari (50%)


Students considering registering for this course must have attained passes in A-levels or the equivalent that meet the minimum requirements for admission onto the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

Course Aims

To provide students with fundamental skills in the analysis of basic ac and dc circuits, to give an understanding of the wider role electricity has in society and the interaction between mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and to enable students in undertaking simple electrical experiments with confidence.

Students who complete this course will be able

  • To carry out fundamental analysis for dc and ac circuits
  • To be able to use electrical instrumentation competently
  • To understand the operation of electrical machines
  • To be able to construct basic electrical and electronic circuits.

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations, tutorial classes, and laboratory classes.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • Christmas Test (33%)
  • Two Laboratories (66%)
  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined

Recommended Reading

  • Hughes electrical and electronic technology [Book] by Edward Hughes, John Hiley, Keith Brown, Ian McKenzie Smith. Prentice Hall (2008). ISBN 0132060116
  • Use of electrical laboratory


Basic circuit theory: Ohm's law, superposition, Kirchhoff 's laws, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems; capacitance and inductance, time constant, resonance; j-notation; Fourier series; power in a.c. circuits, power factor. The transformer. A.C. power distribution in the U.K., current, voltage and power relationships in three-phase systems; electrical safety, over-current protection, the r.c.d. Rotating machines: basic electromagnetic principles, characteristics and control of common types of a.c. and d. c. motors; generators. Power control, switch-mode controls. Semiconductor devices and circuits; rectifier circuits, transistor as amplifier and as switch, the s.c.r. and the `Triac'. Instrumentation: the strain-gauge and strain-gauge bridge circuits; cathode-ray oscilloscope; true r.m.s. and mean-rectified a.c. measurements; magnetic tape recording.

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