ELEC ENG 1010 - Electrical & Electronic Engineering IB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

AC Analysis: sinusoidal AC signal characteristics, review of complex numbers, phasor representation and analysis, power energy. Signals and Communication: resonance of RLC circuits, filters and frequency response, amplitude and frequency modulation concepts. Digital Electronics: digital concepts, combinational logic, sequential logic. Communications Skills and Professional Engineering: basic verbal skills including presentation, basic written skills for documents such as experimental reports, Small Group Discovery Exercise. Analog Workshop: safety and basic skills, Simple audio amplifier, preamplifier, crystal set, system project: AM radio.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 1010
    Course Electrical & Electronic Engineering IB
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 1009
    Assessment assignments, exams, performance in laboratory
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell 
    Email: matthew.sorell@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.37
    Phone: 8313 3226

    Lecturer: Ms Madhulika Tripathi (Professional Practice)
    Email: madhulika.tripathi@adelaide.edu.au

    Practical Co-ordinator: Dr Hong-Gunn Chew
    Email: honggunn.chew@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.52

    preferred contact is through MyUni.

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1B builds on the technical foundation laid by
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1A. 
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Analyse passive circuits using resistors, capacitors and inductors under steady-state sinusoidal conditions
    2. Use more powerful methods to analyse electric circuits

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of AC signals in communications and power

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of digital signal processing principles

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of simple binary arithmetic and logic, and its implementation in digital circuits

    6. Be able to design optimal digital circuits using standard techniques

    7. Design, build and test an AM radio receiver using steady state sinusoidal analysis principles.

    8. Apply ethical principles of responsibility and collaboration in a professional engineering context

    9. Demonstrate an understanding of why communication skills are important in professional engineering

    10. Be able to demonstrate proficiency in a range of written and verbal communication styles

    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. 1-7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7-10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7-10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Circuits and Signals:
    • Course notes will be provided on MyUni; also available through EEESAU

    • Components and notebook will be provided.
    • You are expected to provide your own tools, resistors and capacitors from the previous semester
    • Oscilloscope probes, which may be obtained from the laboratory. A deposit covering the wholesale price is required. The probes may be retained (no refund of deposit) for use in later years.
    • A notebook for reporting results is required. This must be A4, with graph lining on at least every second page. A Research Notebook or Science Notebook is preferred.

    Professional Practice:
    • Materials will be provided on MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    Circuits and Signals:
    • A.R. Hambley: Electrical Engineering - Principles and Applications, 4th Edition, Pearson. This book is useful if retained from the previous semester. It does not provide full coverage of the module.
    Online Learning
    All course materials are available through MyUni (www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au). It is important to check the course website regularly. Materials will include:
    • Course notes, including updated notes following lectures
    • Tutorial, quiz and revision questions and answers
    • Podcasts of lectures
    • Discussion boards.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Circuits and Signals:
    • Two lectures per week, which will include substantial elaboration on the short-form notes provided
    • One tutorial per week. Students are expected to work in small groups and contribute actively to discussing answers.
    • Four quizzes to provide formative feedback on progress
    • Collaboration and further participation is expected through the online discussion board
    • Course notes, tutorial answers, podcasts, etc, will be available for revision online
    • Active participation and attendance is expected. The online materials are not intended or suitable for remote learning.
    • One three-hour laboratory session per week, working on individual projects in pairs
    • Students are expected to collaborate and seek assistance from demonstrators
    • Peer review and audited compliance against objectives are part of the assessment and professional development process
    • There are no make-up practicals available. Students are expected to meet the deadlines set in the practical notes. Special circumstances apply on disability, medical or compassionate grounds.
    Professional Practice
    • Weekly interactive tutorial/seminar
    • The seminar will include a mix of lecture style presentation and group exercises
    • Attendance is expected. The online materials are not intended or suitable for remote learning.

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

    This course is intensive and is designed to engage students in a range of critical technical and professional skills. Regular attendance and individual self-directed study is strongly recommended. Collaboration with classmates is actively encouraged (with some explicit exceptions) and where possible supported by course materials and the structure of tutorials and practicals. Students are also actively encouraged to participate in online discussion boards, and may do so anonymously. 

    Circuits and Signals:
    • In addition to three contact hours, about one-two hours of individual or collaborative study is recommended. There are four quizzes, each of which is to be completed individually in class. There are ten weekly revision homeworks, each of which is worth 1% of your final grade.
    • In addition to three contact hours, about one-two hours of individual or collaborative study is recommended. This might include partial circuit assembly at home.
    Professional Practice
    • There are three assessments, of which two are homeworks and one is a group verbal presentation. A total of about 10 hours of individual or collaborative study is recommended over the entire semester, in addition to the one weekly contact hour.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Circuits and Signals:
    Week Lecture 1
    Lecture 2
    1 No Class No Class

    C&S 1:
    The Capacitor
    2 C&S 2:
    Audio Bandpass Filter
    Tute 1
    C&S 3:
    Complex Approach
    3 C&S 4:
    Complex Impedance
    Tute 2
    Complex Impedance
    C&S 5:
    Filters using Complex Impedance

    4 C&S 6:
    Tute 3

    Test 1
    RC and RL circuits
    5 C&S 7:
    LC Resonance
    Tute 4
    C&S 8:
    Amplitude Modulation
    6 C&S 9:
    Phasors and AC Power
    Tute 5
    C&S 10:
    AC Power
    7 C&S 11:
    Digital Signals
    Tute 6
    Circuit Analysis
    Test 2 AC Circuits
    8 C&S 12:
    D/A Conversion
    Tute 7
    Digital signals
    C&S 13:
    Mid Semester Break
    9 Holiday Tute 8
    C&S 14:
    Combinational Logic
    10 C&S 15:
    Tute 9
    Combinational Logic
    Test 3 Combinational Logic
    11 C&S 16:
    Sequential Logic
    Tute 10
    Sequential Logic
    C&S 17:
    12 C&S 18:
    Systematic Design
    Tute 11
    Test 4 Digital Circuits
    (Course Materials will be provided in the lab)
    Module 1: Safety review
    Module 2: Audio Amplifier
    Module 3: Audio Filter
    Module 4: Air-core Inductor
    Module 5: Crystal Set
    Module 6: AM Radio System

    Communications and Professional Practice
    This unit will explore the role of the engineer and his/her interaction with colleagues, employees and the broader community through texts and exercises which will also:
    • enable and encourage students to understand why effective communication is essential for practising engineers.
    • enable and encourage students to practise and improve their communication skills (including written, oral and presentation skills).
    • enable students to interpret information in written texts, relevant to electronic and electrical engineering.
    • explore aspects of professional practice such as mentoring and teamwork, and consider the wider social implications of an engineer’s work.
  • 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
    Section Continuous Assessment Exam
    Circuits and Signals 10%-50% total
    (each test worth up to 10%)
    20%-40% if taken,
    0% otherwise
    Practical 20%
    Communications and Professional Practice 30%
    Circuits and Signals – learning objectives 1-6
    Component Type Topic - Learning Objectives Date Weight
    Weekly homework and survey Formative Based on weekly lectures Each due on Monday, 12pm 1% each (total 10%)
    Test1 Formative R/C Circuits (1, 2) up to 10%
    Test2 Formative AC Circuits (2, 3) up to 10%
    Test3 Formative Digital Signals (4, 5) up to 10%
    Test4 Formative Digital Circuits (5, 6) up to 10%
    Exam Summative All (1-6) 20-40%
    Formative means that the assessment is primarily for the purpose of developing understanding and obtaining feedback for improvement. Summative means that the assessments tests your understanding.

    Circuits and Signals Examination:
    The examination is optional and provides an opportunity to redeem poor test marks, if necessary.

    If you do not take the examination, your mark for Circuits & Signals of the course shall comprise: 10% (formative weekly homework) and 10% each for the four in-class tests, for a total of 50% of the overall final grade.

    If you choose to take the examination, your mark for this component of the course shall comprise: 10% (formative weekly homework), either 0% or 5% for each of the four in-class tests, and 20%-40% for the final examination. Each in-class test mark is only counted if it improves your final grade. For example, if you do better in each test than in the final exam your test marks shall each count 5% and the exam shall count 20%. Conversely, if you do better in the exam than in each test, the test marks shall not be included and the exam shall count for 40%.

    Practical – learning objectives 7, 8
    Component Type Topic - Learning Objectives Due at Session Weight
    Module 1 Formative Safety (7, 8) 2 0.1%
    Module 2 Formative Audio amplifier (7, 8) 4 3.9%
    Module 3 Formative Bandpass filter (7, 8) 6 4%
    Module 4 Formative LC resonator 8 4%
    Module 5 Formative Crystal set 10 4%
    Module 6 Formative AM receiver 12 4%
    Note: modules are due at the beginning of the session listed. Due to Monday public holidays, the dates vary according to the session you are in. A detailed schedule is included in the Practical Course Notes. You are actively encouraged to get ahead in the practical and have modules marked ahead of schedule.
    Professional Practice – learning objectives 8-10
    Component Type Topic - Learning Objectives Due Date Weight
    Assignment 1 Formative Documentation (9, 10) C&PP3 5%
    Assignment 2 Formative Professional Engineering (8-10) C&PP7 7%
    Assignment 3 Formative Technical Presentation (9, 10) C&PP8-10 8%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in each of the three components: Circuits & Signals; Professional Practice; and the Practical. If this minimum is not achieved in each component, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 44.

    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.

    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 eg. 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
    Assessment detail will be provided in classes.
    Circuits and Signals:
    Tests will be held in class. Each 50-minute testis open book and additional details will be provided in course notes. Test papers must be submitted at the end of the test session. Papers will be returned within one week. Non-attendance without evidence of medical or compassionate grounds will result in a zero mark, which may be redeemed through the final exam. A weighted estimated mark may be applied on medical or compassionate grounds, provided that at least one test is completed. Special circumstances apply for students with a disability.

    Weekly homeworks and review surveys will be submitted online and are due at 12:00 on the due date (Monday).

    Each module is due at the beginning of the lab session at which it is due, but may be submitted earlier. You are required to testify that you can demonstrate the module objectives, and your log book will be peer reviewed by another class member who must also certify your ability to demonstrate the objectives. A false statement may result in penalties being applied to you and your reviewer. Modules which are submitted late without evidence of medical or compassionate grounds may result in a zero mark. Special circumstances apply for students with a disability.

    Professional Practice:
    Two assignments will be collected at the beginning of the seminar at which they are due. They will be returned, marked, at the next scheduled seminar. Format requirements will be advised when the assignments are set. Assignments which are submitted late without evidence of medical or compassionate grounds may result in a zero mark. The presentation assignment dates will be set at the third seminar, and the presentations themselves will be conducted in the last three seminars of the semester. Special circumstances apply for students with a disability.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Continuous Quality Improvement

    The Level 1 courses in Electrical and Electronic Engineering received the University of Adelaide’s Excellence in Education Award in 2009. This was achieved in no small part through the practice of Continuous Quality Improvement.  Students are actively encouraged to bring to the attention of the teaching staff any matter that has a positive or negative impact on the learning environment, without prejudice. In the first instance, this would usually be to the teaching staff associated with the component of the course that is receiving feedback. This can be done verbally, in writing, by electronic mail or on the discussion board – anonymously, privately or in an appropriate public forum. We also conduct weekly review surveys during the semester.  While we won’t always agree with your criticism, we respect your opinion and will respond actively as quickly as possible.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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