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This subject provides the foundation knowledge required to understand the operation, assembly and testing of various simple electronic systems that interact with the real world. The aim is to expose students to designing with a range of standard electrical and electronic devices, basic circuit construction methods and electrical measurement techniques to test and verify the function of electronic systems. This subject provides students with hands-on skills to gain basic competencies in design and implementation of simple circuits and those wishing to seek further electronic design experience are recommended to take subjects such as ELEN90062 High Speed Electronics, ELEN90053 Electronic System Design and ELEN90066 Embedded System Design.
This includes hands-on experience with:
- Operation and selection of a range of most common electrical and electronic devices used in various electronic circuits;
- Common electronic circuit realisations to meet the most commonly required signal processing and conditioning applications;
- Programmable digital circuits and microprocessor programming;
- Circuit design and simulation tools;
- Printed circuit board layout, circuit assembly, and soldering techniques;
- Test and Measurement equipment and methods;
- Managing design issues and requirements.
Students will complete electronic circuit implementation projects in small groups and be required to prepare technical documentation and present project outcomes.
- Devices such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, switches, transducers, motors, diodes, transistors, op-amps, voltage regulators, comparators, oscillators, timers, A/D and D/A converters, microprocessors and controllers;
- Circuit functions and techniques such as buffering, referencing, signal conditioning, filtering, bridges, detection, waveform generation, and pulse-width modulation;
- Microprocessor programming, the role of assembly and high-level languages, assemblers, compilers and debuggers;
- PCB layout, circuit assembly, and soldering techniques;
- Test and Measurement methods and working with common equipment such as multimeters and oscilloscopes.
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Apply practical knowledge of a range of standard electronic devices and circuit functions and techniques
- Identify choices in implementing a design for a given problem and make tradeoffs on the basis of the relative merits of different approaches
- Assemble, test and debug the hardware and software components of simple electronic systems
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
- Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large;
- Ability to conduct an engineering project;
- Ability to manage information and documentation;
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
- Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so.
Last updated: 1 December 2023