Foundations of Electrical Networks

Subject 431-227 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures, One 2-hour workshop each week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours.

VCE Physics (or equivalent), 620-156 Linear Algebra, 620-155 Calculus 2, 800-002 Engineering System Design 2.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 431-103 Electrical Circuits
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Michael Cantoni


Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to the fundamentals of analog and digital electrical and electronic system design. Students will study topics including: Voltage, current and power; Conservation of energy and charge; Elemental models for sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers; Properties of linear networks; Steady state (DC and AC) analysis of electrical networks using mesh and node analysis techniques; Transient analysis of simple electrical networks; Equivalent circuits; Electrical power generation, storage, transport and dissipation; Digital vs. analogue systems; Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion; Binary number systems and arithmetic; Quantization and resolution; Basic switching algebra; Basic combinational logic design and synthesis; and bit storage devices. This material will be complemented by exposure to software tools and the opportunity to develop basic electrical engineering laboratory skills.

Objectives: On completing this subject the student will be able to:
1. Apply physical principles and fundamental modelling techniques in the analysis of electrical and electronic networks;
2. Distinguish between analog and digital systems;
3. Construct and test simple electrical and electronic networks in the laboratory;
4. Use software tools to simulate and synthesise simple electrical and electronic networks.

One, written examination (not exceeding three hours) at the end of semester, worth 60% (hurdle); Continuous assessment of submitted project work (not exceeding 30 pages in total over the semester), worth 30%; and a one hour test after week 6 of semester, worth 10%.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (new degree only.

This subject is available as breath for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Music.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering

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