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High Speed Electronics (ELEN90062)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90062
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


The aim of the subject is to provide theoretical and practical treatment of high-speed electronics. Through the subject, students will grasp the fundamental properties and models of high-speed signals and interconnects, acquire high-speed digital design skills with a focus on the modelling, analysis, design and application of high speed transistors, logic gates and modern logic families, and master the high-speed analogue design capability including the design of oscillators and filters for RF applications. The students will be exposed to the state-of-the-art technologies that are shaping the fast evolving semiconductor industry.


The topics include:

  • Fundamental properties of analogue systems;
  • Smith charts: principles and applications;
  • High-speed analogue circuits: voltage control oscillators, matching networks, and low noise amplifiers;
  • Bipolar junction transistors: device, switching, and logic;
  • CMOS: device, switching and logic;
  • High-speed signalling consideration: power dissipation, heat, signal propagation, and termination.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Understand the properties and fundamental limitations of high speed electronic systems in terms of the underlying physical principles
  2. Quantitatively model and analyse high speed electronic systems and interconnects in both the digital and analogue domain
  3. Simulate the behaviour of high speed electronic systems using software tools
  4. Conduct basic test procedures for high speed signals and systems

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students will develop the following skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline;
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.

Last updated: 22 August 2019