Course Title: Engineering Design 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Design 2

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 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2019,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2022,
Viet2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr. Hiep Tran

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 0864

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.25

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed EEET2249 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering (or equivalent) before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required practical and design experience skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.   

Course Description

In this course you will learn the principles and processes associated with designing, constructing, and debugging electronic circuits. A comprehensive case study will be used to support the learning outcomes.

The weekly pre-recorded lectures will present the theory of the case study circuit, the process of circuit design, the concept of simulation to evaluate circuit performance, and the process of proceeding from a circuit schematic to a Printed Circuit Board. The pre-recorded lectures will also discuss practical design issues such as component selection, thermal rating, mechanical footprint, and several other issues that need to be considered as part of the overall design process.

The laboratory experiments will provide a physical forum to develop the practical skills of electronic circuit design. The first experiments will provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in circuit schematic capture and simulation using Altium Circuit Designer. The next experiments will be practical breadboard construction of sections of the example case study design. The remainder of the laboratory program will provide a forum for you to design, construct, and test a working version of the case study design circuit.

The overall focus of the course is to present an integrated and coherent approach to the design and construction process of an electronic circuit, which can be applied to more complex system design tasks in the following years of the degree program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor.
  • Professional use and management of information.
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
  • Effective team membership and team leadership.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  1. Apply circuit simulation as an integral part of the design process.
  2. Design and construct a PCB-based electronic circuit using a modern CAD software package.
  3. Describe the underlying theory, processes and trade-offs required to proceed from an initial circuit concept to a physical electronic circuit construction.
  4. Undertake the practical processes of physically constructing and testing an electronic circuit.
  5. Understand the major elements required to achieve an outcome from an initial design concept.

Overview of Learning Activities

Working relatively independently you will design, build, and test the case study electronic circuit. The major design work in this activity is applying theory to understand the operation and create a working PCB-based physical version of a circuit. 

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

X 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).

Assessment Task 1: Directed Laboratory Experiments

Weighting of final grade: 22%

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: Case Study Design Project

Weighting of final grade: 38%, comprising: 

  • PCB layout design and Design Rule Check 10%
  • Demonstration 10%
  • Report 18% 

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Lectorial Quiz

Weighting of final grade: 10%

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 5

Assessment Task 4: Final Timed and Timetabled Assessment

Weighting of final grade: 30%

 This assessment is a timed and timetabled assessment of less than 2 hours duration that students must attend on campus except for international students who are resident outside Australia.

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 5