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Suggested study plan

The plan below is only an indication, as your progress will depend on the time you can devote to study and how familiar or otherwise you are with the topic. You will see from the course calendar that an extra two weeks is allocated to each session to allow for holidays. Where your work and home commitments allow, we recommend that you try to get ahead of the plan, as assignments invariably take longer than you expect. We particularly encourage you to make an early start on Assessment 2.

Study Week Unit Unit / Assessment
1

1
2
Introduction
Background to the lead-free revolution
The legislative framework
2
1/2 Assignment 1 (worth 15%)
3

3
4
Materials options
Alternatives to soldering
Alternative solders
4
4 Alternative solders
5

5
6
The effect on processes
The lead-free joint
Implications for assembly
6
7
8
Implications for board fabrication
Reliability issues
7
3–8 Assignment 2 (worth 35%)
8
9 Finish Assignment 2
Other effects on the product
Design implications
9&10
10
11
12
The transition process
Implications for the company
Management issues
11&12
9–12 Assignment 3 (worth 50%)