• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Mechatronics, Electronics, Communications, Robotics, Renewable Energy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Galvin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

ENGN2218 Electrical Systems & Design builds directly on ENGN1218 Introduction to Electrical Systems by developing the students' understanding of the principles and operation of advanced electronic circuits and devices (bipolar junction transistor, operational amplifier, filters, digital logic gates, ADC and DAC, 555 Timer and Instrumentation amplifiers). It also emphasizes the importance of modelling the behaviour of complex electronic circuits and devices using systematic mathematical techniques. PSPICE is used extensively in the analysis and design. Specific topics include:

  • Bipolar Junction Transistors: Basic BJT concepts and circuit models, BJT Amplifiers (bias circuits, small-signal and large-signal equivalent circuits), BJT Common Emitter and Common Collector amplifiers, Cascaded BJT amplifiers.
  • Op-amp: Op-amp characteristics, closed loop and open loop gains, Schmitt trigger.
  • Steady State Sinusoidal Analysis: complex numbers, phasors, impedances, complex power.
  • Op-amp Filters: Transfer functions, Bode Plots, First order active filters (low-pass and high pass).
  • Digital Electronics: Number systems, Boolean algebra, Logic gates, Combinational logic circuits, Karnaugh maps, Combinational logic circuit design.
  • Special topics: Analog to Digital Converters (ADC), Digital to Analog Converters (DAC), 555 Timer, Instrumentation Amplifiers.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and use engineering abstractions and simple mathematical models to represent non-linear and active circuit elements (such as BJTs and op-amps).
  2. Apply circuit analysis techniques in time and phasor domains (such as node-voltage method, mesh current method, Thevenin equivalent circuits, Phasors and complex impedances, Transfer functions, Bode plots) to solve electronic circuits.
  3. Analyse and design analogue electronic circuits using BJT and op-amp amplifiers, opamp filters and op-amp comparator circuits.
  4. Design combinational logic circuits using digital logic gates and timer circuits using the 555 Timer.
  5. Explain in simple terms the working of electronic components and circuits and justify the practical significance of the real world analogue and digital electronic systems considered in the course.
  6. Read data sheets and circuit diagrams and recognize building blocks such as power supply, amplifiers, comparators, filters, logic gates, timers and ADC/DAC. 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 a variety of simulation packages (such as PSPICE, LTSpice, Digitalworks and relevant smartphone app). Compare measurements with simulations.
  7. Collaborate effectively with responsibility for personal and group laboratory outputs.

Other Information

  1. All students need to purchase a lab kit (breadboard, wire kit, components) for around $30. The online payment link and pickup instructions are posted in wattle.
  2. This course makes heavy use of the associated Mastering Engineering for Hambly textbook.
  3. To pass this course, students need to attend and complete at least 6 out of the 7 Labs.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mastering (5 online assignments) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Labs (7 integrated computer and hardware labs) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Mid-semester Exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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  • A nominal workload of approximately 12 hours/week including the following: 2 x 2hr lectures/week, 25 x 10-20min online lectures, 7 x (3hr or 4hr) laboratories, 5 x online Mastering tutorials (1-3 hours each) and 8 self study problem sets (1-3 hours each).
  • Weekly average contact hours will be 8 hours (2 x 2 hour lectures and a 4 hour laboratory).
  • Expected non-contact (self) study hours are 3-5 hours/week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN1218.

Prescribed Texts

Allan R. Hambly, Electrical Engineering Principles and Applications, 7th edition, Pearson, 2018. Hardcopy EBook Find it in ANU Library

Preliminary Reading

  1. Thomas L. Floyd and David M. Buchla, Electronics Fundamentals: Circuits, Devices and applications, 8th Ed., Pearson, 2010. Find it in ANU Library
  2. Thomas L. Floyd, Digital Fundamentals, 10th edition, Pearson International Edition, 2009. Find it in ANU Library



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6.00 0.12500
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2023 $4860
International fee paying students
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2023 $6180
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2355 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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