ELEC ENG 1100 - Analog Electronics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 1100 Course Analog Electronics Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Typically 2 hours per week, up to 6 hours in weeks with practicals Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible ELEC ENG 1009, ELEC ENG 1101 Course Description This course develops a basic understanding of the fundamentals and principles of analog circuits and electronic devices in electrical and electronic engineering. This understanding is a critical step towards being able to design new electronic circuits or use them appropriately as part of a larger engineering system. Hence the course seeks to develop foundational concepts and skills, but does so through a series of application-oriented topics such as the design of DC power supplies, speed control of electric motors, and audio amplification and tone control. Learning opportunities include: online presentations with integrated practice exercises; tutorials in which small teams work together to explore, discuss, analyse and explain electronic circuits; and practicals in which theory is put to practical application. Important topics covered include: the key electrical variables and the application of fundamental circuit laws and theorems to DC and AC resistive circuits; power supply applications of diodes and switch-mode transistors; the operating principles of DC, induction and synchronous machines; analysis of simple operational and single-MOSET amplifiers; methods of systematic circuit analysis; and steady state sinusoidal analysis of RLC circuits. The course is designed to be one of the first undertaken by new students in electrical and electronic engineering such that successfully completing the course will provide the necessary foundation for more specialist learning in analog and radio frequency electronics and electrical power systems.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Braden PhillipsLectures / Course Coordinator
Name: Assoc. Prof. Braden Phillips
Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.38
Name: Assoc. Prof. Wen Soong
Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.53
Name: Dr Hong-Gunn Chew
Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.52
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The course is presented as 6 topics. For each topic there are the following scheduled activities:
Lectures set the scene at the start of the course and at the start of each new topic.
2. Pre-Recorded Presentations
Pre-recorded videos that present the theory for each topic are available for each week.
Two-hour workshops occur weekly throughout the semester. There are 2 workshops for each topic. In workshops, students work in small groups on a variety of problems and exercises, including benchtop experiments and simulations.
Tests occur in scheduled times in weeks 6, 10 and 13 and are held online. Each test covers two topics.
Students complete 4 practical modules, each typically conducted as 2 three-hour sessions.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Apply circuit laws, theorems and methods of systematic analysis to predict the steady state behaviour of simple linear DC and AC circuits. 2 Use piecewise linear models to predict the steady state behaviour of simple diode and transistor circuits, AC and DC motors. 3 Explain the transient behaviour of RLC circuits with reference to their differential equations. 4 Simulate simple analog circuits to verify their behaviour. 5 Explain the operation of circuits using transistors in switching mode to achieve a variable DC output. 6 Demonstrate practical skills in the simulation, construction and testing of simple electrical and electronic circuits.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
2, 3, 4, 7, 10
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Required Resources1) Textbook: the course textbook, Lessons in Electric Circuits by Tony R. Kuphaldt is freely available on All About Circuits.
2) The following resources are available on the course website:
• Notes: a set of notes is available that covers key concepts in the course.
• Presentations and slides: pre-recorded video presentations cover key concepts in the course. Students are expected to be familiar with this material in preparation for workshops.
• Online tests: weekly formative tests are administered via MyUni.
• Workshop questions
• Practical instructions
3) A toolkit containing prototyping boards and basic tools is required for the practical sessions. Purchase details will be provided via MyUni.
Recommended Resources1) Practice Problems: are available on the course website.
2) Additional Presentations: these pre-recorded presentations provide supplementary coverage of important concepts in the course.
3) Reference Book: the course notes and textbook should provide sufficient information for many students, however you may find the following reference book useful if you are having difficulty with the material or are interested in learning more about any of the topics in this course. Copies are available in the Barr Smith library: A.R. Hambley: Electrical Engineering - Principles and Applications, 7th Edition, Pearson, 2018.
Online LearningThis course will use a variety of online resources to support the learning process. Recorded presentations cover key concepts, theory and methods in more detail. Notes, worked examples, and the textbook are all available online. It is expected that students use these online resources to prepare ahead of the face-to-face workshop.
Weekly formative tests are conducted online, as are the mid-semester tests in weeks 6, 10 and 13.
Video recordings of lectures will normally be made available on the course website after each lecture.
In addition, the following material will be provided on the course website:
• notes, presentations, and tutorial questions
• past assessment examples (tests and exams)
• additional practice questions
All course announcements will be made via the course website.
The use of the course 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 were possible, offensive posts will not. Lecturers will make a best effort to respond promptly to questions raised on the discussion boards.
The course gradebook will be used to return continuous assessment marks. Students should check the gradebook regularly and confirm their marks have been correctly entered.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course uses online content, and in-person lectures, workshops, and practicals to achieve its learning objectives. Lectures set the scene and cover important foundations at the start of the course and for each new topic. The online pre-recorded presentations focus on key concepts and are supported by practice exercises to test and develop understanding. Workshops involve working in small groups on a variety of problems including theory problems, benchtop experiments and simulations. There is a small assessment component for active participation in workshops. Practicals provide an opportunity to consolidate understanding and to develop hands-on skills with prototyping, testing and measurement.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Detail Contact Hours Workload Hours Lectures 7 x 1-hr lectures 7 7 Pre-recorded presentations 40 Workshops 12 workshops 24 48 Practicals 8 x 3-hr sessions 24 32 On-line tests 11 tests 0 6 End of topic tests 3 tests 6 18 Total 85 151
Learning Activities SummaryTopic 1: Circuits, Sources and Loads
Electrical concepts: charge, current, voltage
Sources and Loads: power, resistors, sources
DC circuit analysis: Kirchhoff’s laws, series and parallel resistors, voltage divider, current divider, Thevenin’s theorem, analysis strategies
Energy and power: batteries, efficiency, maximum power transfer
AC concepts: DC and AC, sinusoidal functions, AC voltage and current, RMS
Topic 2: Power Supplies
Diodes: ideal diodes, diode construction and operation, IV characteristic, ideal and first order models
Half wave rectifiers: peak output voltage, capacitors, voltage ripple
Full wave rectifiers: voltage ripple, transformers
Voltage regulators: regulators, voltage doublers, inductors
DC-DC converters: transistors as switches, RL circuits, switched regulators
Topic 3: Machines and Power Electronics
Machine concepts: force on a conductor, motor and generator action, commutation, DC motors, Faraday’s law, DC generators, AC motors
DC machines: equivalent circuit model, torque/current and voltage/speed relationships, performance parameters, efficiency
AC machines: rotating magnetic fields, synchronous machines, inductor motors, comparison of electric machines
Power electronics: speed control of DC motors, pulse width modulation, H bridges, H-bridge drive of DC motors
Topic 4: Linear Amplifiers
Amplifier concepts: input resistance and output resistance, gain, offset, maximum output voltage and current, differential amplifiers
Op-amps: concept, equivalent circuit model, inverting, non-inverting and summing amplifiers, power op-amps
Transistors: principles of BJTs and MOSFETs, simple models, linear amplifier configurations
Frequency dependent gain: frequency response, RC transfer function, cross-over frequency, low pass and high pass filters
Topic 5: Circuit Analysis
Time domain response: RC, RL and RLC networks, transient response, steady state DC response,
step response, periodic response
Topic 6: Steady State Sinusoidal Analysis
Complex signals and impedance: complex exponentials, complex arithmetic in Cartesian and polar form, complex impedance
Filters: RC filters, buffered and unbuffered bandpass filters, RL filters, active filters
Resonant Circuits: series and parallel resonant circuits, resonant frequency, bandwidth, quality factor
Specific Course RequirementsLaboratory clothing restrictions apply to the practical sessions: closed-toe shoes; covered shoulders; long hair must be tied back.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes End of topic tests (3) 0-24 Individual Summative & Formative Weeks 6, 10, 13 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Weekly online quizzes (11) 11 Individual Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Practicals 20 Group Summative & Formative Weeks 2-12 Min 50% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Workshop participation 5 Individual Formative Weeks 1-12 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Exam 40-64 Individual Summative Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Total 100
* The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
The test marks are redeemable by the exam as shown in the table below.
Initial Test Question Mark (%)
Exam Question Exam Question Mark (%) Final Test Question Mark (%) Test 1 Part 1 t11 Question 1 e1 max(t11,e1) Test 1 Part 2 t12 Question 2 e2 max(t12,e2) Test 2 Part 1 t21 Question 3 e3 max(t21,e3) Test 2 Part 2 t22 Question 4 e4 max(t22,e4) Test 3 Part 1 t31 Question 5 e5 max(t31,e5) Test 3 Part 2 t32 Question 6 e6 max(t32,e6)
* The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1b: An exemption from the stated hurdle requirements has been granted.
Assessment Related RequirementsA 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 Analog Electronics course the examination and practical components are hurdle requirements. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% in the exam, and at least 50% in 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 requirement is not met, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 44.
It is important to note there is NO replacement 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 replacement opportunities. However, if students persistently neglect the practical component throughout the 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 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 (maybe 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 DetailEnd of Topic Tests: Test 1 covers Topics 1 and 2; Test 2 covers Topics 3 and 4; and Test 3 covers Topics 5 & 6. The tests are held online in MyUni and are not invigilated. They are open-resource but students must complete the questions themselves.
Practicals: Students undertake laboratory activities, writing up their results in a workbook.
Workshop Participation: Participation in each workshop is marked out of 1 with 1 awarded for active participation with your group, doing your share of questions, asking and answering questions, seeking help from your group members and helping the others. Alternative engagement with the workshops can be arranged under some circumstances. Please discuss this with the course coordinator.
Weekly Online Quizzes: Each quiz aligns with the previous week's workshop and contains questions similar to, or related to, the workshop questions. They are completed on MyUni using Mobius Assessment. Each can be attempted as many times as desired before the deadline.
Exam: A 2.5 hour exam covering all topics in the course is held during the exam period at the end of semester.
SubmissionEnd of Topic Tests: these occur in a scheduled 2-hour class in weeks 6, 10 and 13 and are conduced online in MyUni.
Practicals: the workbook for each module must be handed in for assessment at the end of the last practical session for the module.
Workshop Participation: participation is assessed during each workshop.
Weekly Online Quizzes: are due at 5 pm on Mondays starting in week 2 and are submitted online in MyUni.
Modified arrangements for tests, workshops and online quizzes can be arranged for eligible circumstances under the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy by contacting the Course Coordinator. For modified arrangement for practicals, contact the Practical Coordinator.
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.
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