Electronic Testing Skills SCQF Level 7

Develop your understanding of standard electronic instruments and testing techniques.


Why take this course?

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 gain knowledge of standard electronic test instruments and testing techniques. In addition, you will gain the opportunity to practice basic fault finding techniques. These skills will be utilised in other parts of your course and are likely to prove especially useful in many forms of employment.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

The early part of this Unit deals with the safe and efficient use of multimeters for the measurement of common electronic circuit parameters. It also covers the specifications and limitations of such instruments. Similar topics are covered for oscilloscopes, function generators and frequency meters. The aim is to provide you with many opportunities to use this equipment to carry out tests on types of common electronic circuits. Specialised equipment is often used for the testing of logic circuits, and you will carry out tests using some of this equipment. Basic fault finding skills are introduced, and you will practice these on the same types of circuits covered elsewhere in the unit. 

You will be assessed on your knowledge and use of the test equipment and instruments through a series of practical exercises covering the first three sections, allow you to develop your skills. Candidates should measure parameters from a range of suitable electronic circuits, under supervised conditions. For outcomes 1, 2 and 3, a concise report should be submitted for each practical exercise. This should contain a discussion about the instruments used and measurements made. Candidates may make use of notes, handouts or textbooks when composing the report.

Outcomes 1 and 2 may be assessed together. Outcome 4 should be assessed under controlled, supervised conditions. Candidates are required to identify faults in at least 2 simple electronic circuits.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Candidates should have some knowledge and understanding of electronic components, their symbols and schematic diagrams. This may be evidenced by the possession of:

  • Higher Electronics
  • Intermediate 2 Electronic and Electrical Fundamentals

...or the following National Qualification units:

  • Introduction to Electronic Test Equipment and Measurement
  • Electronic Components and Circuit Assembly Techniques
  • Fault Diagnosis on Basic Electronic Circuits

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing unit resources listed.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses

Next steps



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This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone (01346) 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

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