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ELE2503 Electronic Systems

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Electronic Systems
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
Version produced : 17 April 2021


Examiner: Mark Norman


Pre-requisite: ELE1502 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN or GEPR


This course together with the previous course ELE1502 Electronic Circuits provides the student with an appreciation of most of the analogue and digital building block circuits which are commonly used in electronic equipment.


Completion of this course will enable an understanding of the operation of most of the basic circuits found in electronic equipment of both an analogue and a digital nature. The transistor as an amplifier is treated leading to an understanding of differential amplifiers and power amplifiers, but also extending briefly to high frequency effects and problems of handling small voltage signals. This leads to a consideration of operational amplifier small scale effects and thus to the questions of analogue measurements and instrumentation amplifiers. The effect of capacitors on analogue circuit performance is covered leading to active filters and the theory of oscillation in a context of feedback theory. Switched mode voltage regulators are introduced as well as the operation of monostable and astable circuits, waveform generating circuits and interfaces between simple analogue and digital signal areas.


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

  1. be competent and confident in handling transistor amplifiers of various configurations;
  2. have a solid understanding of a range of circuits with integrated circuits (ICs) and circuit/system blocks;
  3. explain the function performed and the performance criteria for a range of electronic circuits;
  4. estimate numerical values appropriate for expected operation for a range of circuits;
  5. analyse a circuit’s operation and identify any shortcomings;
  6. practically develop, build, test and troubleshoot electronic circuit systems.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Transistor amplifiers 15.00
2. Differential amplifier 10.00
3. Power amplifier 8.00
4. High frequency electronics 10.00
5. Operational amplifier and instrumentation amplifier 12.00
6. Active filters 5.00
7. Switched mode voltage regulators 10.00
8. Feedback and oscillators 10.00
9. Multivibrators and waveform generation 10.00
10. Logic interface circuits 10.00

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). (

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Robbins, AH & Miller, WC 2013, Circuit analysis: theory and practice, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY.
Circuit Prototyping Breadboard.
Electronic Circuit Simulation Software, Microcap 10, (Demo/Student Edition (freeware).).
Electronic components as specified in notes.
Hand tools: 1 small long nose pliers (smooth jaw), 1 wire cutter/strippers, 1 small screw driver (3mm flat blade).

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.
Programmable scientific calculator.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 17.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 44.00
Project Work 40.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 12 Aug 2021 1,3,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 30 Sep 2021 2,3,4,6
QUIZ 1 100 21 Oct 2021 (see note 1)
QUIZ 2 100 21 Oct 2021 (see note 2)
QUIZ 3 100 21 Oct 2021 (see note 3)
QUIZ 4 100 21 Oct 2021 (see note 4)
2 HOUR OPEN EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 5)

  1. Students will be advised of the due date via StudyDesk
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  4. Students will be advised of the due date via StudyDesk
  5. 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:
    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. 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

Date printed 17 April 2021