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University of Birmingham

Electrical Engineering: Sensing, Powering and Controlling

University of Birmingham via FutureLearn


Improve your knowledge of key concepts in electrical engineering.

This online course provides an introduction to electronic, electrical and systems engineering.

You’ll examine everyday electrical circuits, such as pick-ups for musical instruments, and out of this world circuits, such as devices used in space.

You’ll develop skills in analysing and designing digital and analogue circuits and systems, and get familiar with using English technical vocabulary. You’ll understand how electric engineering systems are used in specific contexts, and gain confidence in communicating engineering ideas.

The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions in this course run or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. Discussion is an important part of this course – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

The course is provided in English with Mandarin transcripts.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the role and uses of Electrical Engineering. It may be particularly useful for students who are thinking about taking an electrical engineering degree in the UK, including those for whom English is a second language.


  • Electronic Engineering
    • Welcome to the Course
    • Introduction to Electrical Systems
    • Human Interaction
    • Sensors and Transducers
    • Summary
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Small Scale Electrical Power Systems in Space
    • Space Weather
    • Circuits
    • Summary and Next Steps
  • Systems Engineering
    • Railway Systems Engineering
    • Digital Electronics
    • Platform Shield Walls
    • Course Summary and Next Steps

Taught by

Tim Jackson


4.3 rating at FutureLearn based on 66 ratings

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