Course Title: Electronics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electronics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Omid Kavehei

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2450

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointments.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


There are no enforced pre-requisites for this course.

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities:

EEET2249 - Circuit Theory, an equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities. To successfully complete this course, you should be able to apply circuit analysis laws, have an understanding of fundamental AC circuit theory, and have a basic knowledge of diode and op-amp characteristics.

Course Description

The major objective of this course is to make you competent in analysing and designing electronic circuits, which will perform some specific tasks. Topics covered are fundamental building blocks for further studies in electronic engineering. In this course, you will learn:

  • Basic electronic device characteristics
  • Analysis and design of basic amplifier circuits
  • Amplifier frequency response analysis
  • Feedback amplifier types

Theoretical analysis and design will be augmented by computer simulation and experimental verification. In the lab, you will work in a team, where you will also exercise your communication and team work skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Design basic op-amp circuits using hand calculations and PSpice simulations.
  2. Experimentally build basic op-amp circuits and measure their characteristics.
  3. Design biasing circuits for common-emitter amplifiers using hand calculations and PSpice simulations.
  4. Design common-emitter amplifiers with required AC characteristics using hand calculations and PSpice simulations as well as build these amplifiers.
  5. Predict frequency behaviours of amplifiers using hand calculations and PSpice simulations and sketch appropriate Bode plots.
  6. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of negative feedback including its influence on gain, bandwidth, input and output resistance.
  7. Establish feedback topologies of op-amp and BJT amplifiers and evaluate the amplifier’s close-loop characteristics using hand calculations and PSpice simulations (traditional approach only).

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Weekly lectures will guide you to important concepts and give you many practical hints for the design of electronic circuits.
  • The laboratory work will help you to connect theory with practice.
  • Tutorials will help you practice solving problems involving analysis and design of electronic circuits.

Overview of Learning Resources

  • Prescribed text book
  • PSPICE software
  • Lecture Notes / Lab Notes
  • Quasi interactive videos

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

The assessment tasks for this course comprise laboratory experiments, semester tests, and a final examination.

Assessment tasks

Task 1: Laboratory Experiments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 2, 3 & 4

There will be two lab tests on Weeks 6 and 11 (all students must attend their lab test sessions)

Lab Test 1 weights 10% and Lab Test 2 weights 20%

Task 2: Assignments 

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 7

There will be two assignments delivered to students on Weeks 5 and 9, each having between 10 and 15 working days to be submitted for feedback.

Assignment 1 weights 10% and Assignment 2 weights 20% 

Task 3: Final Examination  

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7