ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biomedical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit introduces the fundamental circuit theory laws, abstractions, theorems, modelling and analysis techniques used in electrical engineering, and applies these problem solving techniques to the design and analysis of electrical and electronic systems.
Topics include lumped circuit models for passive and active elements; Kirchhoff's laws, superposition; Thevenin/Norton equivalents, Bisection Theorem, Miller Effect, ordinary differential equations, time domain analysis of first and second order circuits with RLC elements; Laplace transform in the analysis of circuits, s domain characteristics of lumped elements, application of Kirchhoff's laws in s domain; systematic nodal and mesh analysis techniques; Poles and zeros of network functions; frequency and impedance scaling; two-port networks, matrix description of two ports; complex power maximum power transfer, small and large signal analysis, single stage transistor amplifiers, differential pairs, biasing circuits, static and dynamic behaviour of amplifier circuits including frequency response, operational amplifier circuits, and feedback. Software tools for circuit simulation and practical applications will be used in the laboratory to strengthen the understanding of the above concepts.
Students are able to (1) formulate the fundamental circuit theory abstractions and principles on which the design of electrical and electronic systems is based; (2) model and analyse the behaviour of electrical and electronic systems, in both the time and frequency domain; (3) employ amplifier circuits to process analog signals; (4) use software tools to analyse and design electrical and electronic circuits; (5) build passive and active electrical networks, measure circuit variables and explain discrepancies with mathematical models; and (6) work effectively as part of a team and communicate results in a concise technical report.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) class tests and quizzes; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major, including [(ENC2001 Motion
ENSC2002 Energy)
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals]
(MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus),
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy.
ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics
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