Course Title: Use engineering applications software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: ISYS5662C

Course Title: Use engineering applications software

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: William Lau

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4703

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Olga Gredeskoul

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 use of computer application relevant to
engineering support work functions. It encompasses applying
user preferences, using application menus and tools, entering
and retrieve information, working with groups and transferring
and printing files.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED004B Use engineering applications software


1. Prepare to use computer applications

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood through established routines and procedures.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures in relation to computer and keyboard use are followed.
1.3 Application software and information required for use is obtained from appropriate sources.
1.4 On-screen instructions in relation to any anomaly such as a virus warning are followed.
1.5 Help menu is used to resolve any straightforward start up or access issues or anomalies.


2. Use engineering application software

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Techniques that apply to a particular software package are used to produce appropriate files.
2.3 Routine checks are made to ensure accuracy of information in accordance


3. Output information from an application

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Completed files are stored appropriately in accordance with enterprise requirements.
3.2 Files are printed for formal records and/or forwarded to others.


4. Shut down computer.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Files are named, arranged, saved and backed up in accordance with enterprise requirements.
4.2 Computer shutdown procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit shall be demonstrated using MATLAB a computational software package which covers applications in Electrical and electronics engineering. This unit aims to enhance students engineering skills using the software package

Teaching Schedule

 Week                     Topic Delivered                                                    Assessment Task
1           Introduction to OHS. Introduction to the
              MATLAB software. Brief overview of MATLAB
             applications in Electrical and Electronics
2           Introduction to MATLAB software. Basic usage
             of MATLAB. Getting started with MATLAB
                • MATLAB Windows
                • A First Program
                • Expressions, Constants                                              Usage of MATLAB. Saving the files,
                                                                                                               Creating .m files etc
3           Getting started with MATLAB
                • Variables and assignment statement
                • Arrays                                                                                       Laboratory exercise -1
4            Graphs and plots using MATLAB
               • Basic plotting
               • Generating waveform                                                            Laboratory exercise -2
5           Defining functions in MATLAB
               • Built in functions
               • Creating simple user functions                                          Laboratory exercise -3
6            Program Flow control in MATLAB                                          Task1: Laboratory exercise
                                                                                                                    submission 20%
7            Procedures and function
                 • Arguments and return values
                 • M-files
                 • Formatted console input-output                              Student project using MATLAB
8             Use MATLAB in built functions to solve
               simple engineering problems                                     Student project using MATLAB
9             Use MATLAB in built functions to solve
                simple engineering problems                                    Student project using MATLAB
10          Procedures and function
                • Arguments and return values
                • M-files
                • Formatted console input-output                                Student project using MATLAB
11         Introduction to the Pspice Electrical/Electronics
              engineering application software                                 Task 2: Student project using
                                                                                                            MATLAB submission- 30%
12          Pspice basics                                                                   Laboratory exercise -1
13          Simulating basic Electrical/Electronics circuits
                         using Pspice                                                           Laboratory exercise -2
14         DC/AC analysis using Pspice                                         Laboratory exercise -3
15         Pspice advanced analysis                                               Laboratory exercise - 4
16         Pspice advanced analysis                                           Task 3: Laboratory exercise
                                                                                                         submission 20%
17 Practical test using Matlab and Pspice                                Practical Test – 30%
18 Course review and feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit will include: 

• Progressive practical assessment - laboratory exercises
• Written tests
• Engineering problem simulation projects

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 : 30%

Assessment task 1 will be a set of tutorial and practical exercises. All these exercises need to be completed by week 9. The practical exercises are accumulative ones and will be graded on submission of all laboratory reports during week 9. These tutorial/practical exercises will be available on learning hub and student’s local drive.

Assessment task 2: 40%

A Digital project: - Students will be required to work on a project based on the skills they learnt in previous weeks. The project will commence on week 11 and students need to demonstrate the working project and submit the reports by week 17. The project details will be provided on the learning hub and student’s local drive.

Assessment task 3 : 30%
A practical test will be held on week 18 based on all the learning aspects of these competencies.

Assessment Matrix

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