Electronic Circuit Design

Subject ELEN90056 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week and up to 24 hours of workshops
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


Prerequisites for this subject are:

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Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


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Anti-requisite for this subject is:

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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an in-depth coverage of transistor (MOSFET and BJT) devices and their use in common circuits. In particular, students will study topics including: transistor operating modes and switching; principles of CMOS circuits; transistor biasing; current-source/emitter-amplifiers; low-frequency response; followers; class B amplifiers; current limiting; current sources and mirrors; differential pairs; feedback in amplifiers and stability; operational amplifiers; operational amplifier circuits; and voltage regulation. This material will be complemented by exposure to circuit simulation software tools and the opportunity to further develop circuit construction/test skills in the laboratory.


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

  • Model and quantitatively analyse circuits with transistors and other nonlinear devices;
  • Design and test amplifier circuits;
  • Construct and test electronic circuits in the laboratory;
  • Use software tools to simulate the behaviour of electronic circuits.

  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 70% (must pass written exam to pass subject);
  • Continuous assessment of submitted project work, not exceeding 20 pages over the semester, worth 20%;and
  • A one-hour mid-semester test, worth 10%.
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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
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large


Credit may not be obtained for both ELEN30007(431-331) Electronic Circuit Design 2 and ELEN90056 Electronic Circuit Design

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Electrical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Electrical)

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