• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Mathematics, Photonics, Physics, Software Engineering, Engineering More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering. It provides the students with an understanding of basic electrical quantities, circuit elements and circuit analysis techniques. It also provides an understanding of the principles and operation of diodes and operational amplifiers. Specific topics include:

  • Fundamental electrical quantities (charge, current, voltage) and circuit elements (resistor, capacitor, inductor, voltage and current sources).
  • Circuit Analysis Techniques: Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws, Mesh current and Node voltage analysis, Thevenin and Norton Equivalent circuits, Superposition, Maximum power transfer, Wheatstone bridge
  • First-order RC and RL Circuits with DC inputs: Time constant, Transient and steady state responses.
  • Diodes: Basic diode concepts and diode circuit modes, applications (rectifier and wave shaping circuits), Zener diodes.
  • Introduction to Operational Amplifiers: Ideal op-amp, Basic Op-amp configurations, Summing point constraint.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the circuit elements and theorems from the first principles.
  2. Be comfortable in using the mesh/node analysis tools to systematically solve electrical circuits.
  3. Analyse the time responses of first-order switching circuits (RL and RC).
  4. Explain the operation of basic electronic devices (diode and operational amplifier), theirs uses and limitations.
  5. Simulate simple circuits using computer-aided tool (PSpice).
  6. Be fluent in using electronic equipments (e.g. Oscilloscope and signal generator) for analysing electronic circuits with resistors, capacitors, inductors and diodes.
  7. Write a lab report with an appropriate level of detail and insights, for understanding by others not familiar with the lab procedure.
  8. Understand the concept of linear system and superposition in engineering problems.
  9. Apply appropriate mathematical tools for modelling and solving linear system.
  10. Critically analyse the experimental results and understand the limits of theories in real system.
  11. Demonstrate and evaluate a working diode-rectifier circuit using a prototyping boards.

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Indicative Assessment

  1. Mastering on-line assignment (15%)
  2. Laboratory (25%)
  3. Mid Exam (20%)
  4. Final Exam (40%)

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Weekly average contact hours will be 5hrs and expected non-contact study hours are 5 hrs including 3 hrs of problem sets

Prescribed Texts

Nilsson and Riedel, “Electric Circuits,” 9th edition, Pearson, 2011


Areas of Interest

  • Mathematics
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electronics
  • Communications
  • Robotics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Computer Engineering




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5130
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7821 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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