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ELE1502 Electronic Circuits

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Electronic Circuits
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


The world today is dominated by electronic circuits: Communications, Computing, Control, Signal Processing, Biomedicine, Audio/Visual circuitry and Instrumentation. This course is the introductory course to Electronics. It is a pre-requisite to a number of other courses in all the Electrical majors of the BENS and BENH programs.


This course introduces the fundamental ideas, theory and devices of electronics. It develops these ideas in an applied way to the extent that the student will be able, after successful completion, to use integrated circuits, resistors and capacitors to arrange and build a range of circuits, and to apply basic scientific and mathematical principles to analyse simple circuits.

The course is designed around a group of hardware projects which the students respond to, build, test and appropriately document. By this approach, a realistic understanding is gained and attention is focussed on those aspects of electronics as a component of engineering industry, which are most valuable.


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

  1. Apply fundamental circuit theory analysis tools such as Ohm’s Law and Kirchhof’s Laws; and design, build, test and fault-find basic electronic circuits;
  2. Select and combine basic ICs, analog sensors and application circuit blocks to achieve a simple task;
  3. Use and create system documentation and circuit drawings for simple electronic circuits;
  4. Locate, interpret and apply information from manufacturer data sheets and websites;
  5. Analyse, describe and contextualise the effect of electronic technology in modern society;
  6. Demonstrate professional skills and reflective practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. DC Circuit Theory 20.00
2. System Design and Analysis 20.00
3. Diodes and Transistors 10.00
4. Power Supplies and Linear Voltage Regulators 10.00
5. Logic Gates, Combination and Sequential circuits 10.00
6. Monostables, Astables and Comparators 10.00
7. Amplifier Circuits 10.00
8. The Effect of Electronics on Society 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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An electronic prototyping breadboard - minimum 800 holes.
Various electronic components and tools as per handbook.

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.
Open source online textbooks as directed on the StudyDesk.
Recommended: Robbins, AH & Miller, WC 2013, Circuit analysis with devices; theory and practice, 5th edn, Thomson/Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 77.00
Tutorials 26.00
Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
REPORT 100 10 15 Mar 2021 5,6
ASSIGNMENT 1 300 30 29 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 300 30 04 May 2021 1,2,3,4,6
DESIGN ASSIGNMENT 3 300 30 31 May 2021 1,2,3,4,6

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:
    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).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has 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:
    There is no examination for 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:

Date printed 18 June 2021