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ELEC2004: Electrical Engineering: Foundations (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC2004: Electrical Engineering: Foundations (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Sathiakumar, Swamidoss
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC1103.
Brief Handbook Description: The Three block Structure of the course:

1. Introduction to Electric Circuits: current and voltage, power, Kirchhoff’s Laws, sources and resistors, Ohm’s Law, series and parallel connections, voltage and current dividers, equivalent circuits. Inductors and capacitors, RC circuits, RL circuits, introduction to RLC circuits.

2. Electric Power Systems: sinusoidal signals, effective (rms) value of sinusoids, power in ac circuits, transformer principles and ideal transformers, balanced 3-phase circuits. Electromechanical machine types, DC machines, introduction to ac and induction machines.

3. Basic Electronics: Op amp, inverting amplifier, noninverting amplifier, basic op-amp circuits. Digital signals and circuits, truth table and basic logic functions, Boolean function, digital circuit design and realisation. Introduction to Sequential digital systems.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Lecture notes and course web site
Lecturer/s: Dr Sathiakumar, Swamidoss
Timetable: ELEC2004 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 1.00 1 13
4 E-Learning 1.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorials

Laboratory: Laboratories

E-Learning: Self paced elearning

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
In tutorials and lab works several design task applied Design (Level 3)
Basic knowledge and skills in electrical engineering are enforced Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Course material and labs provide students these fundamentals Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Professional skills practiced and enhanced in laboratory and tutorial works.

Teamwork in labs and encouraged in tutorials
Professional Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Ability to apply technical principles and knowledge to solve fundamental problems in electrical engineering.
2. Ability to design electrical engineering solutions for specific systems using a clear and systematic approach.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
3. Ability to analyse electrical engineering systems.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of concepts and techniques with respect to electrical engineering.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
5. Laboratory work and design tutorial questions enhance professional practice
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
6. Ability to interact in a team-working environment by drawing on the various skills and abilities of other team members for specific engineering laboratory and tutorial group work.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Laboratory work Yes 12.00 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
2 Tutorial Assignment Yes 13.00 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
3 Final Exam No 25.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Mid-Sem Exam No 25.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Mid-Sem Exam No 25.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Log Book: Group work; Laboratory Notebook and report.

Assignment: Tutorial Assignments

Final Exam: Final Examination

Mid-Sem Exam: Mid-Sem Exam 1

Mid-Sem Exam: Mid-Sem Exam 2
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: elearning web site

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, units, quantities & measurements, Kirchhoff Current Law, Kirchhoff Voltage Law, energy flow, resistive circuits
Week 2 Series and parallel connections
Week 3 Thevenin’s equivalent, Source transformation
Assessment Due: Laboratory work
Assessment Due: Tutorial Assignment
Week 4 Inductors and Capacitors
Week 5 First order circuit, Sinusoids
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 6 Power in AC circuits
Week 7 Transformer Principles Introduction to 3-phase circuits
Week 8 Source Delta connection and Y connection
Week 9 Motors
Week 10 Introduction to Op amps
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 11 Linear Op-amp circuits (Buffer, Summing cct, Integrator)
Week 12 Introduction to digital signals
Week 13 Design and realisation of logic functions Introduction to microprocessors
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2010
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Arts 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Medical Science 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Project Management 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Law 2010, 2011
Mechanical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2013
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 47.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 23.75%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 23.75%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.