Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EEET6752C

Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Gita Pendharkar

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254701

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Gita Pendharkar
Tel: 99254701


William Lau


Ganesh Naik

Tel: 9925 4377



Nominal Hours: 80

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


Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of amplifiers. It
encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures,
including the use of voltage, current and resistance measuring
devices, providing solutions derived from measurements and
calculations to predictable problems in amplifier circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH013B Troubleshoot amplifiers


1. Prepare to troubleshoot basic amplifiers.
2. Troubleshoot amplifiers.
3. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of the fault is obtained from documentation or from work supervisor to establish the scope of work to be undertaken.
1.4 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are established in accordance with established procedures.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing on knowledge of amplifiers using measured and calculated values of parameters.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Fault finding activities are carried out efficiently without unnecessary waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or
services and using sustainable energy practices.

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
Complete work and document problem solving activities.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to troubleshooting problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The classroom activities shall include the following:
Practical exercises and Project work on troubleshooting amplifier such as
o Following safety procedures in laboratories
o Identifying various single stage amplifiers
o Identifying multi stage amplifier circuit configurations and their applications.
o Measuring and calculating values of voltage gain and output voltage for single stage and multi stage amplifier circuits
o Troubleshooting single stage and multi stage amplifier circuits
o Methods for testing assumptions encompassing such as visual inspection of the amplifier circuits
o Dealing with intermittent faults in single stage and multi stage amplifier circuits

Report Writing: Students will produce written reports on the practical exercises and project modules as per the specifications given and requirements.

Written Assessments on troubleshooting amplifiers, will include the following:
o Determination of d.c. bias conditions for a single-stage amplifier
o Determine the small signal terminal characteristics of single-stage amplifiers
o Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers
o Operation of multi stage amplifiers
o Frequency response of single and multi stage amplifiers

Teaching Schedule

WeekTopic DeliveredAssessmnet task
1Introduction to OHS and the course  
2Single stage amplifiersLaboratory 1
3D C Bias for Single Stage amplifiers 
4Types of D C BiasingLaboratory 2
5Small signal terminal characteristics (a c model) 
6Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers  
7Multistage AmplifiersLaboratory 3
8Types of Coupling 
9Written Assessment (20%)Project Module 1
10Effects of component values  
11Frequency response of Single Stage amplifier 
12Bode Plot 
13Frequency response of Multi Stage amplifierProject Module 2

14Negative Feedback in Multistage Amplifier 
15Effect of negative feedback on amplifier parameters and applications 
17Written Assessment (40%)Project Modules 1 & 2 Due
18Feedback on the Course 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Electronics Devices and Circuit Theory, By Boylestead, Prentice Hall Publication



Other Resources

Practical Laboratories sheets and Project specification sheets will be available on the school’s local drive.

Overview of Assessment

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summative assessments as follows:
A. Practical laboratories
B. Written reports for the laboratories
C. Written assessment

Assessment Tasks

This is a progressive assessment consisting of the following:
Assessment task 1 (Practical Exercises): 30%
Practical Laboratories: The students will have to complete minimum of three laboratories as specified by the teacher for the practical exercises and demonstrate the understanding of amplifier fundamentals through the developed project.
Project Modules: The students will design and develop the project modules (minimum two project modules) as specified by the teacher for the practical exercises and demonstrate the understanding of amplifier fundamentals through the developed project.

Assessment task 2 (Written Assessment)
Written Reports for the Laboratories and Project Modules :10%
Written technical report as per the requirement and specifications for each of the project modules should be submitted by each student individually.

Written Assessment : 60%
The students will have two written exams to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge based on basic amplifier circuits as detailed in the course.

Assessment Matrix

Competency National CodeCompetency TitleCluster TitleLaboratoriesProjectWritten AssessmentsIndustrial Practices
UEENEEEH013BTroubleshoot AmplifiersElectronics Fundamentals         X    X    X   X

Other Information

All other information regarding this course will be available on the School’s local drive and DLS.

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