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ELE1801 Electrical Technology

Semester 2, 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: Joel Kennedy


Pre-requisite: 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.

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. 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;
  11. Communicate technical information in a professional manner.


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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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 Quiz No 10 1
Assignments Written Report A1 of 3 No 15 2,3,4,11
Assignments Practical Tech and/or scntific artefact B1 of 3 No 15 2,3,4,11
Assignments Written Report A2 of 3 No 15 5,6,7,11
Assignments Practical Tech and/or scntific artefact B2 of 3 No 15 5,6,7,11
Assignments Written Report A3 of 3 No 15 8,9,10,11
Assignments Practical Tech and/or scntific artefact B3 of 3 No 15 8,9,10,11
Date printed 27 June 2022