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ELE2504 Electronic Design and Analysis

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Electronic Design and Analysis
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031303 - Electronic Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Mark Norman


Pre-requisite: ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GDNS or MENS or GCNS or GCEN

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: ELE2601 and ELE2103


Familiarity with electronic devices and circuits is fundamental to electrical engineering. The material covered here will further develop both in breadth and depth that which was covered in the preceding courses, with a significant emphasis on developing design skills. Topics to be covered will include: semiconductor devices (discrete and integrated), logic families, multistage amplifiers, operational amplifiers, active filters, negative and positive feedback, oscillators, power supplies and selected circuits used in communication systems.


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

  1. select and justify common semiconductor devices for given applications;
  2. design a wide range of electronic circuits;
  3. analyse and simulate a wide range of electronic circuits;
  4. interpret complex circuit diagrams and standard drawings related to other engineering fields;
  5. develop and test electronic circuit designs, and evaluate their performance.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Semiconductors 10.00
2. Logic circuits 10.00
3. Amplifiers 20.00
4. Operational amplifiers 20.00
5. Power supplies 15.00
6. Feedback 10.00
7. Oscillators 10.00
8. Miscellaneous 5.00

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. (

Neamen, DA 2010, Microelectronics: circuit analysis and design, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, London.
Circuit Prototyping Breadboard.
Electronic Circuit Simulation Software, Microcap 10,
(Demo/Student Edition (freeware).).
Hand tools: 1 small long nose pliers (smooth jaw), 1 wire cutter/strippers, 1 small screw driver (3mm flat blade).
Programmable scientific calculator.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 16.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 35.00
Project Work 40.00
Report Writing 10.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 22 Aug 2019 1,2,3,4,5
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 08 Oct 2019 1,2,3,4,5
QUIZ 1 100 0 24 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
QUIZ 2 100 0 24 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
QUIZ 3 100 0 24 Oct 2019 (see note 3)
QUIZ 4 100 0 24 Oct 2019 (see note 4)
QUIZ 5 100 0 24 Oct 2019 (see note 5)
2 HOUR OPEN EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4 (see note 6)

  1. Students will be advised of the due date via StudyDesk
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  3. Students will be advised of the due date via StudyDesk
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  5. Students will be advised of the due date via StudyDesk
  6. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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:
    Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    In an Open Examination, candidates may have access to any material during the examination except the following: electronic communication devices, bulky materials, devices requiring mains power and material likely to disturb other students.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. IEEE is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use IEEE style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For further information on this referencing style, refer to the below website: