ELEC ENG 1101 - Electronic Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 1101 Course Electronic Systems 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 1100, ELEC ENG 1101UAC Course Description This course develops a basic understanding of the fundamentals and principles of analog and digital circuits and electronic devices. 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, audio amplification and simple digital 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; Boolean logic and binary arithmetic; and combinational and sequential logic circuits. The course is designed to be a broad introduction to electronic systems for students from diverse engineering disciplines. Completing the course will provide the necessary foundation to understand the role, capabilities and constraints of electronics in contemporary engineering 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.
Two-hour tests occur in scheduled times in weeks 6, 10 and 13 and are held online. Each test covers two topics. Tests appear as "Papers" in the timetable.
Students complete 3 practical modules, each typically conducted as 2 three-hour sessions.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Apply circuit laws and theorems to predict the steady state behaviour of simple linear DC 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. 7 Analyse and design simple digital systems based on combinational logic, state machine and programmed microcontroller approaches.
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 2.3 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, 7, 8, 9
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) The following resources are available on the course website:
• Slides: a complete set of lecture slides are available on MyUni.
• Presentations: these 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
2) 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 Books: the course slides 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 of the book are available in the Barr Smith library. An eBook version is available via the library and a recommended reading schedule in provided in Course Readings on MyUnu
Topics 1-4 A.R. Hambley: Electrical Engineering - Principles and Applications, 7th Edition, Pearson, 2018.
Topics 5-6 D. Harris and S. Harris: Digital Design and Computer Architecture, 1st or 2nd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann
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. Lecture slides, 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:
• slides, 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 tutorials. 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 Lecture 7 1-hr lectures 7 7 Pre-recorded presentations 40 Workshops 12 workshops 24 48 Practicals 8 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: Combinational Logic
Analog and digital electronics: analog and digital representation, applications of digital electronics
Managing complexity: abstraction, modularity, abstraction, design communication
Logic gates: Boolean logic, logic gates
Digital logic technologies: discrete logic, FPGAs, microcontrollers, PLCs
Boolean logic and algebra: Boolean equations, truth tables, algebraic simplification, Karnaugh maps
Number systems: positional number systems, unsigned binary, signed number representation, hexadecimal, other binary codes
Adders: binary addition, binary subtraction, adders, busses and bus notation
Topic 6: Sequential Logic and Devices
FPGAs: multiplexers, logic with memories, benefits of FPGAs, applications of FPGAs, how FPGAs work
Sequential logic: combinational and sequential, synchronous and asynchronous, storage elements
Moore finite state machines: synthesising finite state machines
Microcontrollers: embedded computers, applications and benefits of microcontrollers, how microcontrollers work, program development Analog and digital signals: digital to analog converters, pulse width modulation, analog to digital converters, successive approximation conversion, sampled data systems
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) 24 Individual Summative & Fomative 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 Formative Weeks 2-12 Min 50% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Workshop participation 5 Individual Summative & Formative Weeks 1-12 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Exam 40 Individual Summative Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Total 100
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 Electronic Systems 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.
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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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