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ELEC9703: Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC9703: Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Shrivastava, Yash
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts and building blocks of electrical and electronics circuits. This is a foundation unit in circuit theory. Circuit theory is the electrical engineer’s fundamental tool.

The concepts learnt in this unit will be made use of heavily in many units of study (in later years) in the areas of electronics, instrumentation, electrical machines, power systems, communication systems, and signal processing.

Topics: a) Basic electrical and electronic circuit concepts: Circuits, circuit elements, circuit laws, node and mesh analysis, circuit theorems, energy storage elements, capacitors and inductors, circuits with switches, transient response, sine waves and complex analysis, phasors, impedance, ac power.; b) Exposure to project management, teamwork, ethics; c) Safety issues
Assumed Knowledge: Basic knowledge of differentiation and integration, and PHYS1003
Timetable: ELEC9703 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 3.00 1 11
3 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
4 Independent Study 4.00 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Read textbook and other material, prepare for lectures, allow enough time for studying assignments and homeworks and their timely delivery, read laboratory notes in advance, work effectively as part a laboratory team and prepare for individual laboratory tests and laboratory works.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
1. Draw on diverse sources of information and synthesize the information to make clear and meaningful conclusions with respect to the project at hand.
2. Clearly explain the workings of the circuits in the lab experiments and lab tests.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
3. Learn in a team and participate constructively in the lab experiments by drawing on diverse skills and aptitudes of the team members.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)
4. Appreciate the professional and ethical responsibilities of an electrical engineer.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
5. Evaluate performance of electrical and electronic circuits including the ability to recognize engineering limitations.
6. Analyze electrical circuits proficiently.
7. Use electronic lab equipment, making electrical measurements and interpretations.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1)
8. Analyze and design simple circuits using a clearly defined system based approach to solve a specific problem.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
9. Demonstrate a basic understanding of physics of inductors, resistors and capacitors.
10. Explain potential and current laws in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 55.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
2 Tutorials No 9.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
3 Labs Yes 8.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10,
4 Lab Tests No 8.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10,
5 Midterm Exam No 20.00 Week 8 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Tutorials (Circuit analysis problems) 9%:

There will be 10 tutorials (of 2 hours each) during the semester. Tutorials will include analytical problem solving sessions on the material covered in the lectures and computer aided solution / illustration. These sessions will give you the opportunity to explore the concepts in detail and are very helpful in understanding the material covered in the lecture. In my experience I have found that there is a direct correlation between the tutorial participation and the exam performance of the students. The solutions for the tutorials and computer codes will be available from the unit of study web page after the session.

Labs 8%:

There will be 8 laboratories (of 3 hours each) during the semester. Laboratories are designed to introduce you to basic circuit concepts and measurements. You will enjoy doing them. Students will work in groups of two (and occasionally three) assigned by the unit coordinator. However the lab tests to check your lab skills would be done individually. You are encouraged to keep a detailed log book for the purposes of lab work analysis and later lab tests.

Lab Tests 8%:

Two lab tests (one in the middle and one towards the end of the semester) will be conducted for individual assessment of skills that you should have acquired by doing the labs.

Midterm Exam 20%:

The midterm exam is scheduled to provide you an assessment halfway through the semester and more importantly to give you a practice run for the final exam. It will be of the same format as the final exam (but of shorter duration). Both the midterm exam and the final exam will be based on the lecture material and tutorials. Both exams will be closed book and closed notes. They will test your conceptual understanding of the material. Any complex formulae needed, will be provided on the question paper.

Final Exam 55%: A comprehensive exam to assess your skills during the exam period.
Assessment Feedback: Tutorial participation and log book feedback will be given by tutors and lab assistants. Quiz feedback will be given on-line. Specific feedback will be given in lectures including exam preparation.
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.
Online Course Content:

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction
Week 2 Lecture: Circuit Elements
Week 3 Lecture: Resistive circuits
Week 4 Lecture: Resistive circuits
Week 5 Lecture: Nodal analysis, mesh analysis and other methods
Week 6 Lecture: Nodal analysis, mesh analysis and other methods
Week 7 Lecture: Operational amplifiers
Week 8 Lecture: Capacitors and inductors
Assessment Due: Midterm Exam
Week 9 Lecture: Response of first order circuits
Week 10 Lecture: Response of first order circuits
Week 11 Steady-state sinusoidal analysis
Week 12 Lecture: Steady-state sinusoidal analysis
Week 13 Lecture: Review
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
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Intelligent Information Engineering) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 36.8%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 3.2%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 17.6%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 35.2%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 3.2%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 4%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.