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ZUG1026 - Basics of Electrical and Optical Physics

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2018
    On-campus block of classes
    (Mainstream & Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 5


The module is aimed at familiarizing the students with electrical engineering fundamentals of Electric fields, Electric circuits, Magnetic field, Electromagnetic induction and Optical Physics. This is achieved by explaining the governing laws in electric circuits, functioning of the electric components of the circuits, electric potential, electric and magnetic forces. This knowledge is then augmented by introducing the concept of light propagation in Optical Physics, including geometric optics.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand principles of electrical charge and electric field
2Apply basic laws governing electric circuits
3Understand the meaning of electrical potential
4Determine equivalent circuits
5Determine the function of inductors and capacitors in electric circuits
6Perform calculations on magnetic field and magnetic forces
7Apply principles of electromagnetic induction
8Understand the basic principles of Optical Physics


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

This module covers most fundamentals of electricity that are required in analysing and solving problems in many electrical engineering courses, especially the ones involving medium to heavy current. It provides the students with basic skills that are required to be able to solve problems in more advanced electrical engineering courses. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, tutorial work that will be done on an individual basis and experimental work to be done in the laboratory. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorials, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Basic Mathematical Concepts, Basic Concepts in Physics


Advanced Mathematical Concepts