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ELE3914 Electrical and Electronic Practice D

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Electrical & Electronic Prac D
Units : 0
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 : 031300 - Elect and Electr Eng and Techn
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Gordon Hampson


Pre-requisite: (ELE1801 and ELE1301 and ELE1502) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or MEPR

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: See elective Lab list in the Topics section of this course specification.


This course provides an opportunity for students to have practical experience with equipment and concepts associated with higher level electrical and electronic courses, while at the same time developing some other skills needed to perform satisfactorily in the workforce.


This course provides experience with a range of advanced electrical and electronic equipment of the kind not likely to be available for analysis in industry. This equipment includes advanced electronic test equipment, electromagnetic compatibility measuring equipment, automatic electronic test equipment programmed with graphical programming software and programmable logic controllers, power electronic systems such as motor drives and rectifiers and a variety of electrical machines. Work during the course will be in small teams and students are expected to perform satisfactorily in this context.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to (Note: objectives 6 to 12 relate to elective labs):

  1. evaluate a broad range of design criteria for typical electrical or electronic products;
  2. co-operate in a team environment to achieve objectives in a given timeframe;
  3. present a short seminar to a group of their peers;
  4. prepare evaluative reports on work undertaken;
  5. engage in informed discussions about design criteria for electrical and electronic equipment, including sustainability;
  6. measure the transmission characteristics of cables and waveguides, and compare the results with theoretical predictions;
  7. analyse the frequency spectra of communication signal waveforms and compare results with theoretical predictions;
  8. design and write programs to operate microprocessor hardware to perform particular tasks;
  9. create software to solve a specified problem, while working as part of a team;
  10. measure the characteristics of electrical machines;
  11. develop a understanding of virtual machine technology; practice installation, configuration and use the Linux operating system and related software applications;
  12. setup, configure and administer computer networks and develop an understanding of IP packet forwarding and network services.


Description Weighting(%)
1. a. Electromagnetics Practical Block- recommended prior or concurrent study of ELE3506
b. Networking - recommended prior or concurrent study ELE3305
c. Electrical Plant - recommended prior or concurrent study ELE3803
2. Elective Labs - select one from below:

a. Linux - recommended prior or concurrent study ELE3305
b. Power System Simulation - recommended prior or concurrent study of ELE3803
c. Energy System Optimisation - recommended prior or concurrent study of ELE3803

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. (

There are no texts or materials required 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.
ELE3305, ELE3506, ELE3803, ELE3305 External study packages, USQ, Toowoomba. (As required for selection of Elective Labs).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 5.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 40.00
Report Writing 5.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
LAB COMPLETION REPORTS 1 99 05 Jun 2019 (see note 1)
Res School/Lab Participation 1 1 05 Jun 2019 (see note 2)

  1. Students are required to complete all assigned laboratory/practical sessions and have their attendance record signed off by the supervisor. Students are also required to complete any Student's Practical Workbook for the lab sessions and provide this to the Examiner after being signed off as competent in that lab. Students must submit a copy of their 'lab completion and competency' record with their Student's Practical Workbook by the due date. The submission process for this record will be detailed ELE3914 StudyDesk.
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. 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. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course before they are able to undertake any practical work in the electrical laboratories.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  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, students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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:

  3. This is a communication benchmark course and a major component of the assessment of this course will be associated with the demonstration of communication skills.