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Unit Overview


The unit will provide an introduction to the application of the fundamental electrical engineering concepts, theories and abstractions that underpin the design and analysis of analog and digital circuits. The unit also covers: application of circuit theory laws and device modelling to analyse the behaviour of analog circuits; synthesis and design of basic digital circuits, and power analysis of circuits. Throughout the unit, students will explore sustainability challenges in electrical and electronic engineering. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of the above concepts, with laboratory experiments providing opportunities to build and test analog and digital circuits.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Automation and Robotics Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mining Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) identify the assumptions and abstractions used in the design and analysis of analog and digital circuits; (2) apply fundamental circuit theory laws and theorems to analyse the DC/AC/transient behaviour of electrical circuits; (3) apply device models to analyse circuits comprising diodes and operational amplifiers; (4) apply Boolean algebra to describe, analyse and design basic digital circuits; (5) analyse the performance of simple analogue/digital circuits; (6) explain the impact of electrical and electronic engineering applications on the community and environment, including sustainability challenges.; and (7) explain safety aspects of electronics manufacture as applied to both personal and environmental safety.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) laboratories; and (3) examinatiions. 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)
Professor Wen Lei (S1) and Dr Lu Jin (S2)
Unit rules
Physics ATAR
or PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Advisable prior study
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Contact hours
24 hrs lectures
24 hrs practice classes, 9 hrs labs (3 x 3 hrs)
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.