Electronic Circuit Design 3

Subject 431-481 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, 6 hours of tutorials, 18 hours of assignments/project work
Total Time Commitment: Not available

431-331 Electronic Circuit Design 2

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Graeme John Pendock
Subject Overview:

This course will build on 431-331 Electronic Circuit Design 2. Students completing it will gain skill for designing practical electronic circuits and exposure to some of the techniques and tools involved in the design, manufacture and assembly of real-world electronic circuits.

Topics covered: circuit fundamentals (eg. noise in electronic circuits and ­systems, high frequency design), sub-systems (eg. crystal oscillators phase-locked loops and frequency synthesisers), trade-offs in electronic design (eg. illustrating topics such as analyog vs digital approaches, component precision vs robust design), component technologies (leaded vs SMD, parasitics, real behaviour of passives and their choice), PCB design techniques (CAD, multilayer boards, layout and routing for EMI, power distribution, high speed and mixed signal), electronic manufacturing (PCBs, component loading and soldering techniques).


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

1. Apply practical knowledge of a range of common electrical and electronic devices and circuit 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. Prototype hardware, debug hardware and software, conduct measurements and tests.


One 3-hour end-of-semester written examination (60%); 1-hour mid-semester examination (10%); and laboratory/assignment reports due throughout the semester (30%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • understandering the need for trade-offs in design

  • appreciation of the practical limitations in real-world components

  • appreciation of issues in manufacturing

  • appreciation of importance on robustness in design and the impact it has on manufacturability

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering)

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