ELEC ENG 3103 - Engineering Electromagnetics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course provides the foundations of electromagnetic theory, with applications in electrical and electronic engineering. Topics include: electrostatics, Gauss's law, magnetostatics, Ampere's law, electric and magnetic fields in materials, Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, capacitance and inductance in circuit models, differential and integral forms of Maxwell's equations, boundary field conditions, electromagnetic waves, scattering of plane waves from media boundaries, radiation, antenna fundamentals, propagation of electromagnetic waves.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 3103
    Course Engineering Electromagnetics
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MATHS 2201 or MATHS 2106 & MATHS 2202 or MATHS 2107 or ELEC ENG 2106
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 2009
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2101
    Assessment Tutorial, tests, practical and written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Christophe Fumeaux

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Describe and explain static electric and magnetic fields
    2 Classify the properties of conductors, dielectrics and magnetic materials
    3 Explain Electromagnetic induction and relate it to applications
    4 Calculate capacitance and self-inductance of different structures
    5 Interpret Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetics in integral and differential forms
    6 Employ vector calculus to solve static, quasistatic and dynamic electromagnetics
    7 Formulate electromagnetic waves to interpret reflection and refraction
    8 Discuss theoretical principles or radiation with simple antennas structures
    9 Practise numerical electromagnetic simulations and antenna measurements
    10 Identify electromagnetic phenomena relevant to real-life applications

    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  1.4  1.5  1.6   2.1   2.2  2.3  2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

    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.

    4, 6, 7, 8

    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.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 10
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Test 1 8 Individual Summative Week 5 1. 2.
    Test 2 8 Individual Summative Week 9 3. 4. 5.
    Feedback Sessions 2 Group Formative Week 7 & 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Guest Lecture 2 Group Formative Weeks 12 9. 10.
    Practicals 20 Group Formative Weeks 13  9.
    Examination 60 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10.
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. b. 3.   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    The overall structure of course assessment is only subjected to minor changes:
    Online Test 1: 10%
    Online Test 2: 10%
    Guest lecture summary (short essay): 10%
    Practicals: 20%
    Examination: 50%

    However, the following modifications have been put in place:

    Tests (20%)
    As announced previously, the in-class tests are cancelled. They will be replaced by 2 online-tests in Week 7 (Friday) and Week 10 (Tuesday).
    Test 1: Basic concepts and electrostatics (Sections 2-5)
    Test 2: Magnetostatics and Induction (Sections 6-9)
    Details about tests will be provided in due time.

    Guest Lecture (10%)
    The guest lecture will go as planned in Week 12, but will be delivered online.
    The attendance marks will be replaced by marks on a summary due after
    the guest lecture in Week 12. Details will be provided at a later date.

    Practicals (20%)
    The marking structure of the practicals remains unchanged, but all practicals will be implemented online.
    The deadline for the pracs reports is advanced to Week 12, Monday 11 June 2020, 3 pm.
    Viva voce for the computing prac will happen in Week 12.

    Assessment Detail

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    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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