Introduction Into Fault Finding

Course Description

The aim of this course is to give practical understanding of fault finding in electronic circuits. Electrical faults in any electrical system often origin from instance, from bad construction, bad installation, ageing, overvoltages or overheating. This faulty systems of electronic circuit are comprised of a number of smaller circuits/units connected together to perform a final function. To understand the overall circuit and find a fault, it is necessary to break it down into smaller, more easily understood units and then apply fault finding strategy. This is most important when something should be tested to find electrical fault. The students will learn to select fault finding measuring instruments, how to use them and be able to apply the techniques used for the diagnosis of faults. One of skills is basic understanding of safe working practices when carrying out fault finding activities in electrical and electronic circuits under voltage. Examples are given for fault diagnostics in electrical installations, information and communication systems faults and on-board diagnostic systems.

General Competencies

Learning Outcomes

Forms of Teaching

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction to analogue and digital circuit diagrams, types of circuit diagrams, electronic components
  2. Health and safety requirements for working with electronic systems
  3. Normal equipment operating conditions and the different component and circuit fault conditions
  4. Normal equipment operating conditions and the different component and circuit fault conditions
  5. Use of a variety of different test and measurement instruments
  6. Use of a variety of different test and measurement instruments
  7. Use of different fault location and signal tracing techniques and fault-finding aids
  8. Software analysis, simulation and measurement tools
  9. Preparing written fault location strategies for given electronic systems
  10. Practical examples - installation faults
  11. Practical examples - installation faults
  12. Practical examples - information and communication systems faults
  13. Practical examples - information and communication systems faults
  14. Practical examples - information and communication systems faults
  15. Practical examples - on-board diagnostic systems

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
Computer Engineering (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Computer Science (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Computing (study)
Skills (3. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (study)
Skills (3. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Electronics (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Information Processing (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (module)
Skills (5. semester)
Wireless Technologies (module)
Skills (5. semester)

Literature

Brian Scaddan (2008.), Wiring Systems and Fault Finding for Installation Electricians, Newnes
Ian Sinclair, John Dunton (2007.), Electronic and electrical servicing, Newnes
Tom Denton (2006.), Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis, Elsevier
Earl D. Gates (2007.), Introduction to electronics, Delmar

Grading System

ID 70072
  Winter semester
2 ECTS
L2 English Level
L3 e-Learning
30 Lecturers
30 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises

General

50 Acceptable