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ELE2501 Electronic Workshop and Production

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Electrical, Electronic & Computing

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Examiner: Glenn Harris
Moderator: Andrew Maxwell


Pre-requisite: ELE1801 and ELE1502


A technical officer or professional engineer, employed in the electrical and electronic industry, will at some time be involved in the design and development of electronic equipment. A knowledge of manufacturing processes and construction practice is therefore necessary; whether developing new processes, improving existing processes, using manual skills "hands on" or supervising others using these skills. The information presented in this course will provide the necessary background to manufacturing processes and the manual skills necessary to develop a final product. The aim of this course is to enable the student to comprehend the principles of modern manufacturing processes and to acquire competency in the design, construction and documentation of electronic equipment. The principles of component selection, printed circuit design using CAD software, fabrication and assembly techniques are presented and modern automated assembly using surface mount technology is introduced.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. analyse electronic components and interpret their specifications with regard to reliability and selection;
  2. design a printed circuit board to satisfy client and technical requirements, using computer-assisted techniques;
  3. construct an item of electronic equipment to a specified standard;
  4. develop workshop manuals and other documentation for electronic equipment;
  5. compare modern electronic manufacturing processes and techniques.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Component Familiarisation 5.00
2. Electrical and Electronic Drafting 6.00
3. PCB Design and Manufacture 14.00
4. Introduction to Surface Mount Technology 9.00
5. Workshop Safety and Practice 6.00
6. Hand Tools 9.00
7. Mechanical Design and Construction 16.00
8. Soldering 18.00
9. Introduction to Troubleshooting 6.00
10. Electronic Equipment Documentation 11.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Approved Electronics Project (eg Instrumentation Amplifier Kit).
  • PCB design software - Altium Designer (12 month student licence).
  • Students will require internet access to UConnect for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Boothroyd, G, Dewhurst, P & Knight, W 2002, Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly, 2nd edn, Marcel Dekker Inc, New York.
    (Library also has access to this electronically through Netlibrary.)
  • Department of Employment, Education and Training 1988, Basic Training Manual 16-1: Electrical and Electronic Safe Procedures, K P McCormack, Aust Govt Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • Klein Wassink, RJ 1989, Soldering in Electronics, 2nd edn, Electrochemical Publications Limited, Port Erin, British Isles.
  • Leonida, G 1981, Handbook of Printed Circuit Design - Manufacture, Components & Assembly, Electrochemical Publications Limited, Scotland.
  • Standards Association of Australia 1996, SAA HB3 Electrical & Electronic Drawing Practice for Students, Standards Association of Australia.
    (Available online via library catalogue - Standards On-Line Premium.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 82.00
Directed Study 73.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PCB DESIGN 150 15 27 Aug 2012
TIMED QUIZ 1 250 25 03 Sep 2012 (see note 1)
TIMED QUIZ 2 250 25 22 Oct 2012 (see note 2)

  1. The Timed Quizzes comprise a series of 50 multiple choice questions each. The time allowed for each quiz is 60 minutes and may only be attempted once. The quizzes will be posted on Study Desk approximately two days before the due date and must be completed and submitted on or before the due date.
  2. (see Note 1)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of assignments 1 and 3 submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.