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ELE1502 Electronic Circuits

Semester 1, 2022 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Andrew Maxwell


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 several 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.

Course learning outcomes

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

An electronic prototyping breadboard - minimum 800 holes.
No text is required for this course.
PicoScope or similar oscilloscope and signal generator.
Various electronic components and tools as per info on StudyDesk.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Report 1 No 10 5,6
Assignments Written Report 2 No 20 1,2,3,4,6
Assignments Written Report 3 No 30 1,2,3,4,6
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 40 1,2,3,4,6
Date printed 27 June 2022