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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Wen Lei
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science
or MJD-ATRDM Automation and Robotics
or 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
ENSC2001 Motion
and ENSC2002 Energy
or ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics
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