15 credits at level HE6
This module develops competencies in the overall PCB design process and manufacturing methods.
Who can benefit?
Electronic system designers, circuit designers, PCB designers, production engineers and mechanical engineers with an interest in an electronics product development. This module provides a useful preparation in the technologies of printed circuit design and is a necessary first step for students undertaking more advanced study in the area of electronic product development.
The aims of the module are:
- to provide an understanding of the overall process of PCB design and associated issues
- to gain familiarity with CAD tools and their use in the creation of PCB layout designs
Industrial background of the PCB
General design approach to PCB-based products
Introduction to design for fabrication and assembly
Introduction to mechanical, electrical and thermal constraints on PCB manufacture
Software tools, symbol design, schematic design, library usage
Schematic capture, analogue and digital simulation, PCB layout, placement and routing, design rule checks
Data formats (Gerber and Excellon), manufacturing tool configuration, (phototools,) drill and route data), panelisation, manufacturing data output
Engineering drawings, dimensioning, tolerances and datums
Geometric part creation and usage
Design rule setting and manufacturing requirements
Global PCB standards e.g. IPC
Creation and modification of manufacturing data
Practical design exercises using CAD tools
This module is expected to involve 150 hours learning time spread over 12 weeks. All study and assessment is carried out via the internet so there is no requirement to attend in person. The approach is substantially student centred, with tutor support by email and telephone on a one-to-one basis, although peer discussion is encouraged. Typically the generality of a concept is introduced in the online text and the student is then directed to a variety of information sources to research and analyse the subject area further, reflect and draw appropriate conclusions. The use of online CAD design tools and self-assessment questions (SAQs) throughout the module reinforce concepts and help students to monitor their progress and the effectiveness of their study. The module is assessed by two assignments, weighted 30% and 70%. Each assignment includes practical elements and will involve design work based on realistic situations.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to assess and evaluate the role and importance of design flow in a PCB design.||identify the design flow of a PCB-based product and explain the importance of the various stages involved.|
|2.||be able to evaluate the properties of available CAD tools in the design of PCBs.||evaluate the benefits and limitations of the design brought about the use of CAD tools.|
|3.||appreciate the possible impact of end use on a design||evaluate the contribution made by CAD tools to advanced design techniques|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Analyse a report (provided) on a PCB and produce a detailed, justified response, to the issues raised.||Develop a full PCB production specification including a bill of materials ( BOM) for a hypothetical design example|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Coombs, Clyde F. (Ed), Printed Circuits Handbook, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2001, ISBN 0-071-35016-0
Christiansen, D. (Ed), Electronics Engineers' Handbook, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1997, ISBN 0-070-21077-2
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