ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Topics covered include DC and AC electrical circuit analysis techniques; network reduction techniques; two-port networks; time and frequency behaviour of circuits with energy storage elements; large and small signal analysis; device modelling; principles of amplifier design; digital abstraction; A/D conversion; and fundamental principles and techniques of digital systems and logic design. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of the above concepts.
Students are able to (1) analyse circuits using network reduction techniques, superposition, and s-domain analysis; (2) analyse circuits comprising non-linear elements such as transistors, using the concepts of load lines, operation points and small-signal analysis; (3) apply principles of amplifier design and identify their benefits and limitations; (4) employ operational amplifiers to process analog signals; (5) explain digital encoding of information and its associated benefits/limitations; (6) apply Boolean Algebra to describe the function of a given digital circuit; (7) implement a given Boolean function using MOSFET transistors as building blocks; (8) build memory elements such as latches and flip-flops; (9) construct simple electronic analog/digital circuits and analyse their performance; and (10) work effectively as part of a team and communicate results in a concise technical report.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports; (2) quizzes; and (3) mid-semester and a final examination. 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)
Professor Wen Lei
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)
Contact hours
lectures/practical classes: 4 hours per week; labs: 9 hours per semester
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