Foundations of Electrical Networks

Subject ELEN20005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 one hour lectures and 1 two hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.


VCE Physics OR any tertiary level physics subject OR equivalent


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

AND one of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013

AND one of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013

Graduate Students

Enrolment in Master of Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, or Mechatronics)



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge of the following subject is recommended

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects:

431-103 Electrical Circuits 1
431-102 Digital Systems 1
431-101 Foundations of Electrical Circuits

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr. Brian Krongold


Subject Overview:

This subject introduces fundamental modelling techniques for the analysis of systems that involve electrical phenomena. Topics include:

  • Electrical phenomena – charge, current, electrical potential, conservation of energy and charge, the generation, storage, transport and dissipation of electrical power, and the use of electrical phenomena for energy distribution, telecommunications and information processing;
  • Network models – networks of “flow-drop” one-port elements, Kirchoff’s laws, standard current-voltage models for one-ports (independent sources, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transducers, diodes), analysis of static networks, properties of linear time-invariant (LTI) one-ports and impedance functions, transformers, steady-state (DC and AC) analysis of LTI networks via mesh and node techniques, equivalent circuits, and transient analysis of simple circuits;
  • Digital systems – electrical encoding of information and the digital abstraction, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion, quantization and resolution, switching algebra, combinational logic networks, digital-data storage and simple sequential logic networks.

This material will be complemented by exposure to software tools for the simulation of electrical and electronic systems and the opportunity to develop basic electrical engineering laboratory skills.


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

  • Apply physical principles, fundamental abstractions and modelling techniques in the analysis of electrical and electronic systems;
  • Construct and test simple electrical and electronic networks in the laboratory;
  • Use software tools to simulate and synthesise simple electrical and electronic circuits.
  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 60% (must pass written exam to pass subject);
  • Continuous assessment of project work, assignments and quizzes not exceeding 40 pages in total over the semester, worth 30%

  • One mid-semester test(not exceeding 90 minutes), worth 10%.
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  • Electrical Engineering: Principle and Applications (Allan R. Hambley)
  • Electric Circuits (James W. Nillson, Susan Riedel)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

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 communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • 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).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Electrical Engineering stream
B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Electrical)
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Related Breadth Track(s): Electrical Engineering

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