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ELE1801 Electrical Technology

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Electrical Technology
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 : 031301 - Electrical Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 3 August 2021


Examiner: Joel Kennedy


Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN or GEPR


Electrical engineering is founded on the use of electrical and electronic technology to achieve most of our daily needs. To understand how electricity is used to achieve these needs, Electrical Technology aims to develop a working knowledge of electrical components, machines and power supply systems. In particular, an understanding of fundamental electrical principles and the analysis of DC and AC circuits, transformers, motors, generators and three-phase systems, are the focus of this course.


In this course students will study and apply the fundamental theories and principles which underpin electrical engineering. In addition, students will develop and practice the application of these principles and theories to understand and analyse more complex electrical systems and equipment such as electric motors and generators, transformers, three-phase supply systems and electrical circuit design.


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

  1. Explain the physical basis of common electrical devices and apply the basic laws and conventions governing them to solve simple energy conversion problems;
  2. Select common electrical components, devices and signal sources for use in simple DC and AC circuits;
  3. Analyse simple DC circuits using Kirchhoff's Laws and network theorems;
  4. Calculate m.m.f, flux density, reluctance, force torque and induced e.m.f. related to simple magnetic circuits;
  5. Determine the no-load and on-load characteristics of DC motors and generators;
  6. Analyse simple single phase and three phase AC circuits;
  7. Construct phasor diagrams and use phasors to analyse single phase and three phase circuits;
  8. Explain the principles of operation power transformers including their equivalent circuit representation and determine optimum performance characteristics;
  9. Explain and compare the principles of operation and the applications of AC motors and generators;
  10. Analyse and interpret the equivalent circuit of the human body when exposed to electric current and briefly discuss the role of personal protection devices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic principles – conventions, Power, Current and Voltage 3.00
2. Electrostatics - Capacitors 3.00
3. Electric Conductors - Resistors 3.00
4. Direct Current Circuits - Laws - Theorems - Applications 12.00
5. Electromagnetics - Inductors - EMF - Magnetic circuits 5.00
6. Direct Current Machines - Motors - Performance Tests 12.00
7. Alternating Currents - Concepts, Impedance, Phasors - Power in AC circuits 12.00
8. AC Circuits - Analysis, Resonance 12.00
9. Transformers - Principles of operation, Tests - Analysis 12.00
10. Three phase systems - Phasors - Connections - Power 12.00
11. AC Motors - Generators - Principles of operation 10.00
12. AC electrocution and personal protection 4.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.
Hughes, E, Smith, IM, Hiley, J & Brown K 2016, Hughes electrical and electronic technology, 12th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow, England.
Kramer, AD 2012, Mathematics for electricity and electronics, 4th edn, Delmar, Clifton Park, New York.
Robbins, AH & Miller, WC 2013, Circuit analysis: theory and practice, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 39.00
Private Study 81.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 200 20 02 Aug 2021 1,2,3
ASSESSMENT 2 200 20 23 Aug 2021 4,5
ASSESSMENT 3 200 20 13 Sep 2021 6,7
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 400 40 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    (i) 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. (ii) 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 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 aggregate of the weighted marks/grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

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

  2. Students will require access to MATLAB. USQ has a campus-wide license that students may use to download MATLAB on their own machine.

Date printed 3 August 2021