Course Title: Design printed circuit boards

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: EEET6764C

Course Title: Design printed circuit boards

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Ganesh Naik

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4252

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ganesh Naik
Phone: 9925 4252

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


Course Description

This unit covers the design of printed circuit boards. The unit encompasses application of knowledge of electronic circuits, components, component assemblies, developing alternative design schemes based on design brief, customer relations and documenting designs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH081B Design printed circuit boards


1. Prepare to design PCB assembly

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood. Prepare to design PCB assembly
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The extent of the proposed electronic circuits and sub assemblies is determined from the design brief or in consultations with appropriate person(s)
1.4 Design development work is planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work site.


2. Develop PCB assembly design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Knowledge of electronic components and sub assemblies and standards are applied to the design. Develop PCB assembly design
2.2 Alternative arrangements for the design are considered based on the requirements outlined in the design brief.
2.3 Safety, functional and budget considerations are incorporated in the design.
2.4 PCB design draft is checked for compliance with the design brief and design rules.
2.5 PCB design is documented for submission to appropriate person(s) for approval
2.6 Solutions to unplanned situation are provided consistent with organisation policy.


3. Provide detailed assembly drawings and artwork files ready for production

Performance Criteria:

3.1 PCB design is presented and explained to client representative and/or other relevant person(s).
3.2 Requests for alterations to the design are negotiated with relevant person(s) within the constraints of organisation policy.
3.3 Final design is documented and approval obtained from appropriate person(s).

3.4 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organizational or professional standards

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit shall be demonstrated using a representative range of printed circuit boards in relation to designing PCBs for different component population densities and related sub assemblies.
• Single sided PCB
• Doubled sided PCB
• Multi-layer PCB
• Analogue and digital circuits and components
Generic terms used throughout this Vocational Standard shall be regarded as part of the Range Statement in which competency is demonstrated.

Teaching Schedule

Week                                                Topic Delivered                             Assessment Task
    1        Introduction to OHS Introduction to the drafting
              principles. Brief overview of AutoCAD and
              Protel software
    2       Introduction to AutoCAD. Basic template design
              Template design for AutoCAD project
    3        Electronic symbols design using AutoCAD
                software                                                                                     Project # 1 due
    4       Block/ circuit diagram using AutoCAD software                   Project # 2
    5       Block/ circuit diagram using AutoCAD software                  Project # 2 due
    6        Electrical symbols design using AutoCAD                           Project # 3 due
    7        Star-delta starter design using AutoCAD                             Project # 4
    8       Star-delta starter design using AutoCAD                             Project # 4 due
    9       Single line diagram using AutoCAD                                     Project # 5
   10     Single line diagram using AutoCAD                                      Project # 5 due
   11     Introduction to Protel (PCB design)
   12     Electronics circuit Schematic using Protel
   13     Electronics circuit schematic simulation using Protel       Project # 6 due
   14    Introduction to Protel PCB design layout
   15    Electronics circuit board design using Protel
   16    Electronics circuit board design using Protel                       Major Project using
                                                                                                                   Protel # 7 due
   17   Major practical test using Auto CAD                                         Practical Test
    18         Course review and feedback

Learning Resources

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Overview of Assessment

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summative assessments as follows:
• Drawing assessments
• CAD design simulation projects

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Work Simulations (40%)

A project has to be undertaken toward the end of the unit, in a controlled environment for the specified duration in order to perform tasks autonomously and/or a member of a team.

Project # 1 : 5%
Project # 2 : 10%
Project # 3 : 5%
Project # 4 : 10%
Project # 5 : 10%

Assessment task 2: Laboratory exercises (30%)
These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria. All laboratory exercises must be undertaken according to safe working practice as specified by the Center and performed according to specified laboratory standards and practice.

Project # 6 : 10%
Project # 7 : 20%

Assessment task 3: Major Practical test (30%)
Practical test to demonstrate an understanding of Electrical/Electronics circuit design.

Assessment Matrix

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