Course Title: Troubleshoot basic amplifiers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EEET6757C

Course Title: Troubleshoot basic amplifiers

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kemps Cheng

Phone: +613 9925 4691


Abhijit Date

Phone: +613 9925 4423


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

UEENEEH002B Carry out basic repairs to electronic
apparatus by replacement of components AND
UEENEEH014B Solve problems in frequency dependent
Circuits OR
UEENEEG002B Solve problems in single and three phase low
voltage circuits

Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of basic amplifier circuits. 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 basic amplifier circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH039B Troubleshoot basic amplifiers


1 Prepare to troubleshoot basic amplifiers
2. Solve basic amplifier circuit problems.
3. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Performance Criteria:

1. Prepare to troubleshoot basic amplifiers.

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.. Solve basic amplifier circuit problems.

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 basic 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. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

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

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate an understanding of the following:
Classroom learning activities involve the following topics:
• Define the basic characteristics of small signal amplifiers such as input and output impedance, current and voltage gain and bandwidth.
• Describe basics of op-amp and various operational amplifier configurations
• Explain the various operational amplifier applications

Practical exercises and work related exercises based on designing and developing project modules on amplifier fundamentals to demonstrate an understanding of the following:
• Follow safety procedures in laboratories
• Identifying various small signal amplifiers
• Identifying various operational amplifier circuit configurations and their applications.
• Measuring and calculating values of voltage gain and output voltage for various operational amplifier circuits
• Fault encompassing in amplifier circuits
• Methods for testing assumptions encompassing such as visual inspection of the amplifier circuits
• Dealing with intermittent faults in amplifier circuits

Teaching Schedule

1 Introduction to OHS and the course

2 Small signal amplifiers.

3 Characteristics of small signal amplifiers
4 BJT and FET Small signal Amplifiers

5 Introduction to Operational amplifier

6 Characteristics of Op amps

7 Open loop Configurations
8 Closed Loop Configurations

9 Negative and Positive Feedback in Op-amps
10 Written assessment

11 Adder, Multi-channel Amplifier Project

12 Subtracter

13 Integrator & Differentiator

14 Comparator Circuits

15 All Project and Laboratory Reports Due

Project Demonstration

16 Revision
17 Written Assessment

18 Course Feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Electronics Devices and Circuit theory By Boylestead, Prentice Hall Publication


Other Resources

Allother resources and material will be available on DLS and School’s local drive.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

This is a progressive assessment consisting of the following:

Assessment task 1 (Practical Exercises): 30%
Practicals Exercises (30%): The students will have to design and develop the project modules (minimum three 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 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

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