DC AC Principles

North East Scotland College


Off campus


This unit was developed for the HNC and HND Electronics awards or may be taken as a stand alone HN unit. It has been designed to allow you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in basic electrical and magnetic concepts and theorems, that underpin so much of more advanced studies in electronic and electrical engineering. A strong emphasis is placed on putting your theoretical knowledge - within a practical electronics and electrical context - into practice, as you will be provided with the opportunity to conduct practical experiments and computer simulations on electronic and electrical circuits.

If you have studied these subjects before, the early parts of this unit will provide you with an opportunity to revise the electrical concepts and theorems you have learnt in previous courses.

Entry Requirements

Basic knowledge and understanding of electrical, electrostatic and magnetic concepts and theorems, altough this is not not absolutely essential.

Possession of basic knowledge and understanding of these concepts and theorems may be evidenced by possession of a Higher in Electrical Engineering or the following National Qualification units:
D136 12 AC Circuit Theory and Applications; E9RR 12 Circuit Elements; E9RS 12 DC and AC Circuit Responses; E9RV 12 Electromagnetics; E9RW 12 Electrostatics; E9RX 12 Network Analysis; E9S0 12 Single Phase AC

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

6 months



SCQF Level




Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy