Course Title: Analyse a simple electrical system circuit

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EEET6716C

Course Title: Analyse a simple electrical system circuit

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Kim
Location: City, 57.5.20
Telephone: 9925 4295
Fax: 9925 8099

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MEM12024A Perform computations (or equivalent)

Course Description

This unit covers analysing a simple circuit by identifying the function and operation of the circuit and circuit components contained within approved manufactured products.

Application of the unit:
This unit applies to all manufacturing environments. It covers analysis of existing circuits against specifications only and does not extend to determining modifications to circuits.
This unit does not cover the skills involved in direct measuring of values requiring connecting or disconnecting of circuits and components covered by licensing
requirements. Where such values are required they are to be obtained through the assistance of appropriately licensed personnel or through undertaking the specified training for the appropriate licence.
Work is conducted in accordance with regulatory and legislative requirements in each State and Territory.
Work is carried out under supervision

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM30025A Analyse a simple electrical system circuit


1. Establish function and purpose of selected circuit

Performance Criteria:

1.1 All relevant drawings, specifications, manuals and documentation are obtained and interpreted in accordance with workplace procedures.
1.2 Circuit and component installation is observed where required to establish function and purpose.
1.3 Safety procedures to be followed are determined in conjunction with supervisors and in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
1.4 Appropriate personnel are consulted with to establish job requirements.


2. Extract a circuit diagram from existing drawings and documentation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate components and assemblies are identified.
2.2 Where required, components and/or materials are identified from supplier/manufacturer catalogues.
2.3 Circuit diagram is extracted.
2.4 Drawing conventions and symbols are used in the diagram in accordance with codes and workplace procedures.


3. Analyse the circuit for electrical characteristics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Functions of the circuit and components are compared against design characteristics and operational specifications.

Learning Outcomes

Required skills - evidence that confirms skills in:
• calculating
• reading and interpreting specifications and drawings
• drawing to scale
• analysing
• planning and sequencing operations
• checking and clarifying task-related information
• checking for conformance to specifications

Required knowledge - evidence that confirms knowledge of:
• safe work practices and procedures
• hazard and control measures associated with analysing the function of a simple electrical system circuit
• dangers and safety precautions:
electrical hazards
earthing and insulation
The function of the following components:
• resistors:
fixed (composition and wire wound)
variable (rheostats, potentiometers and trimmers)
non-linear (thermistors)
• capacitors:
fixed (ceramic, plastic and electrolytic)
transformers (AF, RF and power)
smoothing filters
voltage regulators and feedback
• basic physics:
current flow
colour code
power rating
Ohm’s Law
electrical units
power in electrical circuits
• protection methods:
circuit breaking
safety interlocks
earthing - personnel safety
• a.c. circuits:
series and parallel a.c. circuits
power in a.c. circuits
• power supplies:
smoothing filters
voltage regulators and feedback
function and operation of a simple low voltage d.c.
power supply
function and operation of the transformer in a simple
low voltage d.c. power supply, including the
significance of the turns ratio
function in a simple low voltage d.c. power supply of rectifiers including the significance of the diode characteristics, for both half and full wave types
operation of smoothing filters in a simple low voltage
d.c. power supply
operation of simple zener diode type voltage regulators
in a simple low voltage d.c. power supply

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, tutorials, and laboratories.

Using workplace scenarios, participate in individual and team problem solving simulations/role plays/case studies dealing with:
• OHS procedures (including basic legal requirements; requirements for personal safety; working safely with electrical tools and equipment)
• Emergency first aid/basic life support including emergency first aid for an electric shock victim
• Rescuing from a live electrical situation
• Workshop practices in the selection, set-up and use a range of test equipment to measure voltage, current and resistance

Participate in supervised workshop practice in real and/or simulated workplace environments involving selection, set-up and use of a range of test equipment to measure voltage, current and resistance. This will include testing for continuity, insulation and identifying commonly used electrical devices in an engineering environment

The skills and knowledge described in this unit may require a license to practice in the workplace where plant and equipment is directly connected to installation wiring that operates at voltage above 50 V a.c. or 120 V d.c.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Basic Electrical Concepts voltage, charge, current, resistance, conductance, power, losses and efficiency

Week 2 
Basic Electrical Concepts Work, energy and power Resistor’s colour code fixed and variable resistors Resistor power rating

Week 3
Practical electric circuits Ohm’s law Series resistive circuit connection Parallel resistive circuit connection

Week 4
Practical electric circuits Circuit power calculation Kirchoff’s voltage and current law

Week 5
Capacitor, Capacitance, Voltage, charge and capacitance Capacitors in series and parallel Capacitor Types

Week 6
Practical electric circuits Ohm’s law Series and Parallel circuit connection

Week 7
Electromagnetic induction, Inductance Faraday’s Law Practical application of electromagnetic induction

Week 8
AC Fundamentals and Introduction to single and three phase connections and appliances

Week 9
Fault Diagnosis and Practical electric circuits

Week 10
Fault Diagnosis and Practical electric circuits

Week 11
Fault Diagnosis and Practical electric circuits

Week 12
Fault Diagnosis and Practical electric circuits

Week 13
Practical assessment (10%)

Week 14

Week 15
Final Examination - closed book (60%)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


NBB14 Introduction to Electricity and Electronics Module Workbook

NUE052 Applied Electricity 1 Module Workbook

Jenneson, J. 5th edition. Electrical Principles for the Electrical Trades. McGraw-Hill

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. Evidence of student’s competence can be gathered through a variety of ways including:
• observation of processes and procedures;
• oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills;
• testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons;
• inspection of the final product or outcome;
• a portfolio of documentary evidence.

Graded Assessment out of 100 Marks will be based on the results obtained for Assignments, Practical & Final Exam 
Students must gain a pass in ALL forms of assessment in order to gain this competency.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three assessment tasks as follows:

Assessment 1 - Practical (10%)

Assessment 2 - Assignment (30%)

Assessment 3 - Final Examination -Closed book (60%)

Assessment Matrix

 Learning Outcome% of Assessment
Assessment 13,4,6,9,10,11,12 and 1310
Assessment 21,2,5,7,8,9 and 1030
Assessment 31,2,5,7,8,9 and 1060

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