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This subject provides students with hands-on electronic skills to gain basic competencies in design and implementation of simple circuits. Students will design 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 is one of four subjects that define the Electrical Systems Major in the Bachelor of Science and it is a core requirement for the Master of Engineering (Electrical) and the Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business).
This includes hands-on experience with:
• Operation and selection of 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
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- 1. Apply practical knowledge of a range of standard electronic devices and circuit functions and techniques
- 2. Identify choices in implementing a design for a given problem and make tradeoffs on the basis of the relative merits of different approaches
- 3. Demonstrate an understanding of Electronic Manufacturing Processes and how these relate to engineering design constraints
- 4. Work in teams to assemble, test and debug the hardware and software components of simple electronic systems and then combine these into an integrated system.
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;
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry, creativity, innovation, and self-directed learning;
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment in order to produce a satisfactory project outcome;
- Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.
Last updated: 6 December 2023