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Unit Overview


This unit is concerned with the application of circuit theory to the analysis and modelling of electronic circuits and systems, with emphasis on high frequency and distributed circuit elements. The topics covered are distributed circuit elements such as transmission lines, s-parameter characterization of circuit elements, high frequency transistor amplifier design, efficiency and classification.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering major sequence

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 voltage-current characteristics of uniform distributed systems with small ports; (3) analyse distributed multiport networks in the time and frequency domains; (4) deduce the s-parameters for small port circuit elements; (5) design high frequency transistor amplifiers; and (6) estimate the power efficiency of high frequency transistor amplifiers.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory practice and reports; (2) assignment; and (3) quizzes, mid-semester exam, and final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Hill
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics
and MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications
ELEC4401 Circuits and Electronic Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes 2 hours per week, laboratories: 8 hours per semester
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