ELEC4401 Circuits and Electronic Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is concerned with the application of circuit theory and electromagnetic theory to the analysis and modelling of electronic circuits and systems. The modelling relies heavily on concepts from vector calculus. The key concepts are introduced before embarking on circuit theory and electromagnetic theory.
Students are able to (1) determine the validity of the assumptions necessary for the application of circuit theory to the analysis of electrical networks in specific instances; (2) apply circuit theory to develop the two-port voltageā€”current characteristics of uniform distributed systems with small ports; (3) analyse in the time and frequency domain networks that include distributed multiport networks; (4) gain an understanding of the theory electromagnetic theory, its role in the modelling of electrical phenomena and its relationship to circuit theory and physical electronics theory; and (5) apply Maxwell's equations and relevant boundary conditions to model simple electrical systems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory and project; and (3) quizzes and final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Hill
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: (ELEC2300 Circuits and Electronic Systems 2
ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics)
(ELEC2304 Physical Electronics 2
ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices
(ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics
ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics)
ELEC3301 Circuits and Electronic Systems 3
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 22 hours; labs: 8 hours
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