ELEC ENG 2106 - Vector Calculus & Electromagnetics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The first half of the course covers calculus in several variables, vectors, curves, surfaces, gradients, line integrals, surface integrals, vector fields, Green's and Stokes's theorems, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. The second half of the course builds on the first half and provides the foundations of electromagnetic theory for applications in electrical and electronic engineering. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss's law, magnetostatics, Ampere's law, electric and magnetic fields in materials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 2106
    Course Vector Calculus & Electromagnetics
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    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 1011 & MATHS 1012
    Assessment Assignments, tests, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Brian Ng

    Lecturer (weeks 1-6):
    Associate Professor Ben Binder
    Lecturer in Applied Mathematics & Post-Graduate Coordinator (Research)
    School of Mathematical Sciences
    University of Adelaide
    South Australia 5005
    Office: 659 Ingkarni Wardli Building (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/campuses/northtce/)
    Tel: +61 8 8313 3244

    Lecturer (weeks 7-12):
    Dr Shengjian (Jammy) Chen
    Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher
    Applied Electromagnetics Group
    School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    The University of Adelaide Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
    Office: 3.32 Ingkarni Wardli Building
    Tel: +61 8 8313 1533

    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. Perform analysis, including differentiation and integration, of vector and scalar fields 
    2. Evaluate and represent vector and scalar fields using Matlab.
    3. Parametrise and plot curves and surfaces.
    4. Apply the Green’s, Stokes and Divergence theorems.
    5. Use orthogonal curvilinear systems and present mathematical solutions in a concise and informative manner.
    6. Describe and explain static electric fields and magnetic fields
    7. Interpret and apply Gauss’s and Ampere’s Law of electromagnetics in integral and differential forms
    8. Classify the properties of conductors, dielectrics and magnetic materials
    9. Employ vector calculus to solve static electromagnetics problems
    10. Identify common static electromagnetic phenomena relevant to real-life applications
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    5, 9-10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Details to be provided on MyUni course page.
    Recommended Resources
    Details to be provided on MyUni course page.
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, sample solutions, discussion boards, strongly recommended that the students make intensive use of these resources for this course.

    Link to MyUni login page: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a conventional lecture/tutorial delivery of material. Students are expected to spend time outside of these to attain the learning outcomes.

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

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

    Students are expected to spend approximately 150 hours of total study, including scheduled learning activities, to attain the learning outcomes.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    Assignments 30 Individual Formative 2-7,11 All
    Test 10 Individual Summative 10 All
    Exam 60 Individual Summative All

    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    Assessment Detail
    All assessment details will be provided on MyUni course page.
    Submission details will be provided on MyUni course page.
    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

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    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.

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