• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rodney Kennedy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course introduces 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 (which are the basis of the ubiquitous DC power supply circuit) and operational amplifiers (which provide the easiest method to build an amplifier circuit). Specific topics include:

• Introduction to Electronics: 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: Semiconductor materials, basic diode concepts and diode circuit modes, applications (rectifier and wave shaping circuits), Zener diodes, regulated DC power supply circuit.

• Introduction to Operational Amplifiers: Ideal op-amp, Basic Op-amp configurations, Summing point constraint. Basic amplifier circuits.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:
  1. Describe the basic circuit elements and calculate current, voltage and power for each element.
  2. Apply circuit analysis techniques (Kirchoff’s laws, mesh current method, node voltage method, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits, maximum power transfer) to systematically solve electrical circuits.
  3. Analyse first-order switching circuits (RL and RC) and ideal op-amp amplifier circuits.
  4. Design a regulated DC power supply and construct it using prototyping boards.
  5. Explain in simple terms the electrical properties and circuit behaviour of resistor, capacitor, inductor, semiconductor devices (such as diode and zener diode) and ideal op-amp.
  6. Assemble circuits and take measurement of circuit variables using appropriate lab tools (such as oscilloscope, function generator, digital multi-meter, power supply and MOKUs). Simulate circuits using PSPICE. Calculate results using scientific calculator in a knowledgeable and confident manner.
  7. Collaborate for the purpose of taking measurements in a lab environment and lab report preparation.

Professional Skills Mapping: 
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

Mastering on-line assignment (15%); Laboratory (25%); Mid Exam (20%); 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


Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have achieved a level of knowledge of mathematics comparable to at least ACT Mathematics Methods or NSW Mathematics or equivalent.

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
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Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7419 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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