ELEC ENG 1009 - Electrical & Electronic Engineering IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course provides an introduction to electrical and electronic engineering covering: basic electric circuit quantities and circuit analysis techniques; semiconductor devices such as diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers and their application in power supplies and amplifiers; digital logic and microcontrollers; and finally electrical energy, machines and power systems. It is designed to give a broad understanding of the principles of electrical and electronic engineering. It covers the following material: Basic Circuits/DC Analysis: electrical quantities, components and sources, circuit analysis laws; Kirchhoff laws, series/parallel circuits, voltage/current divider, superposition, Thevenin theorem, controlled sources. Electronics: Diodes, DC power supplies, transistors and op-amps. Digital Electronics: Perform basic binary arithmetic calculations; analyse and synthesise combinatorial logic circuits; and analyse the operation of short assembly-language programs. Electrical Machines: introduction to magnetic circuits, transformers and DC and AC machines. Introduction to Digital Workshop: safety and basic skills, Design project; electronic die, power supply, oscillator, logic gates, flip-flops and counters, an electrical machines lab session.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 1009
    Course Electrical & Electronic Engineering IA
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment assignments, exams, performance in laboratory
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wen Soong

    Lectures Parts A (Circuits) and B (Electronics)
    Name: Assoc. Prof. Wen Soong
    Email: wen.soong@.adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.53

    Lectures Part C (Digital)
    Name: Assoc. Prof Michael Liebelt
    Email: michael.liebelt@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.36

    Lectures Part D (Energy)
    Name: Dr. Andrew Allison
    Email: andrew.allison@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.51

    Practical Coordinator Part F
    Name: Dr. Hong-Gunn Chew
    Email: honggunn.chew@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.52
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Use the appropriate SI units, prefixes and symbols as well as conventional notation and significant figures for electrical quantities.
    2. Analyse simple steady-state DC circuits of resistors, current and voltage sources, capacitors and inductors.
    3. Analyse simple diode, single field-effect transistor amplifier and operational amplifier circuits.  Design simple DC power supplies.
    4. Perform basic binary arithmetic calculations; analyse and synthesise combinatorial logic circuits; and analyse the operation of short assembly-language programs.
    5. Use the principles of electrical energy conversion to analyse DC and AC electrical machines to determine their performance characteristics; analysis of sustainable energy systems such as solar, wind and thermal power generation.
    6. Have experience in the practical design, construction and testing of electronic circuits.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1) The following required resources are available on MyUni:
    Lecture notes: you can print these yourself, or purchase them from EEESAU (the local student branch of an electrical and electronic engineering technical society) at the beginning of the semester at reasonable cost, see signs around the Engineering North and IW building.
    Online tests: these are both available and submitted on the course MyUni website.
    Tutorial questions: these are available on the MyUni website in the week leading up to the tutorial.

    2) A toolkit is required for the practical sessions. Bring a $70 refundable cash deposit to the first practical session. These toolkits represent $150 wholesale value. They contain prototyping boards and basic tools.
    Recommended Resources
    1) Practice problems are available on MyUni for most of the course segments. Some of these will be used in the online tests and tutorial questions.

    2) Reference Books
    The course lecture notes should provide sufficient information for most students, however you may find the following reference book useful if you are have difficulty with the material or are interested in learning more about any of the topics in this course.
    Copies of the book are available in the reserve collection of the Barr Smith library.
    • A.R. Hambley: Electrical Engineering - Principles and Applications, 6th Edition, Pearson.
    Online Learning
    All course announcements will be made via MyUni. They will be kept on the MyUni announcement board. In addition, important announcements will also be emailed to all course participants.

    The use of the MyUni discussion boards is strongly encouraged for questions relating to course material, but also for more general discussion on electrical and electronic engineering and technology. Anonymous posts will be permitted, offensive posts will not. Lecturers will make a best effort to respond promptly to questions raised on the discussion boards.

    The MyUni Gradebook will be used to return continuous assessment marks. Students should check the Gradebook regularly and confirm their marks have been correctly entered.

    Video recordings of lectures will normally be made available on MyUni within one working day of the lecture. The video recordings consist of the image displayed on the digital projector. Note some lecture theatres have two digital projectors and in this case only the content displayed on one of the projectors will be available.

    In addition, the following material will be provided on MyUni at the start or during the course of the semester:
    • lecture notes and tutorial questions
    • some past assessment examples (quizzes and exams)
    • additional exercise problems
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    PART A. Basic Circuits and DC Analysis
    PART B. Introduction to Electronics
    PART C. Introduction to Digital Electronics
    PART D. Introduction to Electric Energy

    This material is presented in lectures and supported by problem-solving tutorials, formative online tests and optional exercise problems.

    Tutorial problems should be attempted before the tutorial and this preparation is assessed at the start of each tutorial. The tutor will also go through selected questions on the board and students will be given opportunities to ask questions.

    Online tests are automatically marked. Wrong answers are indicated and correct answers are generally provided. Students may attempt an online test as many times as they wish before its due date, but on each attempt will have to try all questions again. Some numerical values in questions may change between attempts. Students will be awarded the maximum mark from all of their attempts of a particular online test.

    PART E. Application Lecture

    This lecture gives a broad overview of the course material to follow in an applied context. It is not examinable.

    PART F. Digital Practical Sessions

    The students are given a series of self-paced practical exercises which are marked on a regular schedule.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This is a 3 unit course. The University expects students to spend around 156 hours of work for a 3 unit course. This corresponds to roughly 12 hours per week. The following breakdown is a guide only. Some students will need to spend more time, some less.
    Activity Contact Hours Non-contact Hours Number Workload hours
    Lecture 1 1 (prep & revise*) 32 64
    Special Lectures 1 0 1 1
    Tutorials 1 3 (prep, revise* & online test) 12 48
    Practical 3 1 9 36
    TOTAL 149
    * This includes time spent revising for the quiz and exam.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Part A. Basic Circuits and DC Analysis
    8 lectures
    A.1 Introduction
    A.2 Electrostatics, charge and current
    A.3 Potential and voltage
    A.4 Power
    A.5 Resistors
    A.6 Voltage and current sources
    A.7 Circuit analysis techniques
    A.8 AC quantities, capacitors and inductors

    Part B. Introduction to Electronics
    6 lectures
    B.1 Introduction to Electronics
    B.2 Diodes
    B.3 Power Supplies
    B.4 Transistors
    B.5 Operational Amplifiers

    Part C. Introduction to Digital Electronics
    9 lectures
    C.1 About Digital Electronics
    C.2 Combinatorial Logic Circuits
    C.3 Introduction to Microcontrollers
    C.4 The PIC 18F1320 Microcontroller
    C.5 Application Example
    C.6 Programming in a High Level Language

    Part D. Introduction to Electric Energy
    8 lectures
    D.1 Basic Transformer and Machine Principles
    D.2 Electrical Energy Systems
    D.3 Machine Torque vs. Speed Characteristics
    D.4 DC Machine Analysis
    D.5 Introduction to AC Machines

    Part E. Application Lectures
    1 lecture
    E.1 Digital Concepts: a programmable logic controller

    Part F. Digital Practical Sessions
    F.1 Safety and basic skills
    F.2 Electronic Die Design Project: power supply, oscillator, logic gates, flip-flops and counters
    F.3 Electrical machine lab
    Specific Course Requirements
    Laboratory clothing restrictions apply to the practical sessions: closed-toe shoes; covered shoulders; long hair must be tied back.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable for this course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Item Date Weight Type Learning Objectives Notes
    during exam period
    60% Summative 1 to 5 2.5 hours, closed book, bring calculator, formula sheet provided
    approx. mid-way during semester
    10% Summative 1 to 3 40 minutes in lecture slot, formula sheet provided, covers circuits and electronics components
    Tutorial Preparation
    5% Formative 1 to 5 Mark out of 3:
    1 = attended,
    2 = attempted half the questions,
    3 = attempted all questions
    Online Tests
    5% Formative 1 to 5 These are submitted via myUNI, they can be attempted multiple times and the best result is what is recorded.
    Practical Sessions
    Weeks 1-12
    20% Summative 6 There is no opportunity to redeem a poor mark. Special arrangements may be put in place if you miss a session on medical grounds.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    A hurdle requirement is defined by the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs policy as "...an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course.

    In the EEE1A course both the examination and the practical components are hurdle requirements. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in both the exam and the practical component. If the exam hurdle requirement is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49. If the practical hurdle requirement is not met, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 44.

    It is important to note there is NO supplementary assessment offered for the practical component after the end of Week 12. By arrangement with the Practical coordinator, it will be possible throughout the semester for students who are falling significantly behind to have supplementary opportunities. However if students persistently neglect the practical throughout semester they are likely to not meet the hurdle requirement and hence fail the course without further opportunity for redemption. Exceptions will be made in the case of verifiable medical or compassionate circumstances beyond the student’s control.

    If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement (normally no less than 40%),and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is entitled to an offer of additional assessment of some type. The type of assessment is to be decided by the School Assessment Review Committee when determining final results. The student’s final total mark will be entered at no more than 49% and the offer of an additional assessment will be specified e.g. US01. Once the additional assessment has been completed, this mark will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course and the better of the two results will apply. Note however that the maximum final result for a course in which a student has sat an additional assessment will be a “50 Pass”.

    If a student is unable to meet a hurdle requirement related to an assessment piece (may be throughout semester or at semester’s end) due to medical or compassionate circumstances beyond their control, then the student is entitled to an offer of replacement assessment of some type. An interim result of RP will be entered for the student, and the student will be notified of the offer of a replacement assessment. Once the replacement assessment has been completed, the result of that assessment will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course.
    Assessment Detail
    See the notes for each item in the table in the Assessment Summary above.
    All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted electronically, or to designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, by 3.00pm on the specified date and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in Ingkarni Wardli 3.26, or online in electronic form. Late submissions are not accepted unless explicit prior approval is granted by the course coordinator or Head of School. All in-term assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.

    Full details can be found on the School website:
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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