Electronic System Design

Subject ELEN90053 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x one hour lectures and 1 x three hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Prerequisite for this subject is:

ELEN90056 Electronic Circuit Design (prior to 2011, ELEN30007(431-331) Electronic Circuit Design 2)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

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


Dr Ranjith Rajasekharan Unnithan


Dr Ranjith Rajasekharan Unnithan

Email: ranjith.rajasekharan@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:


This subject will explore the design of various electrical and electronic systems and provide students with a range of common and practical design techniques and circuits in the context of a guided laboratory based project.


Subject may cover specific concepts surrounding the design and implementation of:

  • Design process
  • Design for manufacture and assembly
  • Advanced PCB design
  • Oscillators
  • Phase-locked loops and frequency synthesis
  • Base-band signalling schemes and clock recovery
  • Mixers and logarithmic amplification
  • Automatic gain control
  • Filters
  • Synchronous detection
  • High-speed analog-digital conversion
  • High-frequency amplification
  • Low noise amplifiers
  • Power supply design
  • Batteries, battery charging systems, and management
  • Test and measurement
  • Sensors.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Apply practical knowledge of a range of standard electrical and electronic subsystems
  2. Quantitatively analyse and design the behaviour of standard electrical and electronic subsystems
  3. Integrate standard electrical and electronic subsystems
  4. Select, design, implement and test a range of standard electrical and electronic subsystems.
  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 55%
  • Continuous assessment of submitted project work, not exceeding 40 pages over the semester (approximately 65-70 hours of work per student), worth 45%.

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the end of semester examination to pass the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's) 1, 2, 3 and 4 are assessed in the written exam and in the submitted project work.

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

P. Horowitz & W. Hill, The Art of Electronics, Cambridge University Press

Additional recommended texts will be outlined throughout the lecture notes.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed the following 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
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large

Credit may not be obtained for both

ELEN40013 (431-481) Electronic Circuit Design 3 and ELEN90053 Electronic System Design


The subject is delivered through lectures and workshop classes that combine both tutorial and hands-on laboratory activities.


Students are provided with lecture slides, worked problem sets, project specifications, and reference text lists.


The subject prepares students towards careers in electronic engineering, product design, and instrumentation engineering roles and will provide the relevant exposure to industry standard engineering design tools through laboratory activities.

Relevant Societies for Career and Professional Development:

  • Engineers Australia
  • IEEE (including Electron Devices Society, Circuits and Systems Society)

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)
Master of Engineering (Electrical)

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