Module – Electromagnetism

FHEQ Level: Level 5 (Second Year)
Credits: 20
Module Code: F300 20040
Course Reference Number (CRN): 59408
Delivery: September Start, Trimester 1 (Short Fat)

Syllabus Outline

• Vector Calculus
• Gradient, Divergence, Flux and Curl
• Stokes’ and Gauss’ theorems
• Gauss’s Law
• Biot and Savart and Ampere’s Law
• Faraday’s Law
• Lenz’s Law
• Maxwell’s Equations
• The Electromagnetic Wave Equation
• Poynting’s Vector


Coursework: Assignment, 50%
Written: Examination, 2 hours, 50%
More detailed information may be found in the Assessments section.


Introduction to Electrodynamics, DJ Griffiths (2017) CUP

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You will learn about the fundamental laws of electromagnetism leading to the development of Maxwell’s equations and the electromagnetic wave equation. Underlying mathematical techniques, including vector calculus, will be introduced alongside the physical laws. The module is taught by a combination of lectures and problem solving tutorials.


1.To develop a knowledge and critical understanding in the area of Electromagnetism including the origin and limitations of the associated laws.
2. To develop a knowledge and critical understanding of mathematical techniques associated with Electromagnetism.
3. To develop analytical, numerical and computer-based problem solving skills in the area of Electromagnetism.

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the laws and their origins in the area of Electromagnetism.
2. Demonstrate competence in the specification of problems using the laws of Electromagnetism and their analytical and numerical solution.
3. Demonstrate communication through written material.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The module is taught through a combination of lectures and tutorial classes.

Interactive tutorial classes will prepare students for assessments through a series of problem-solving exercises with associated formative feedback.

Assignment – An extended problem-solving exercise requiring a description and justification of methodology used together with the use of analytical and computational means to provide final solutions and a critical evaluation of the solution obtained.

Exam – A series of questions demonstrating an understanding of the topic together with application to straightforward problems that can be solved using analytical means.