Course Title: Troubleshoot basic amplifiers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EEET6757C

Course Title: Troubleshoot basic amplifiers

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6108 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kemps Cheng

Phone: +613 9925 4691


Ganesh Naik 

Phone: +613 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

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

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


Week NumberDateTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
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

Practical Exercise 1 starts
Due on week 15

7 Open loop Configurations and Closed Loop Configurations 
8 Inverting AmplifierPractical Exercise 2 starts
Due on week 15
9 Non-inverting Amplifier 
10 Adder, Multi-channel Amplifier Project

Project issued
Due on week 16

11 Subtracter 
12 Negative and positive feedback 
13 Integrator & Differentiator 
14 Comparator CircuitsDue for the hardware of project
15 Additional amplifier information 
16 RevisionDue for the written report of project
17 Centralised Exam Centralised Exam
18 Centralised Exam Centralised Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Electronics Devices and Circuit theory By Boylestead, Prentice Hall Publication


Other Resources

All other 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 laboratories
B. Project and project written report
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.

Assessment task 3
Centralised exam : 60%
The students will have written exam to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge based on basic amplifier circuits as detailed in the course.

CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment. (This grade is only to be used where the student’s attendance in the course has been ‘confirmed’ (but they have not participated in any form of assessment and did not withdraw by the census date.)

Assessment Matrix

Assessments                          Elements                                      

Assessment task 1                2, 3

Assessment task 2               1, 3

Assessment task 3               1, 2

Other Information

  • This course is delivered in a cluster (Troubleshoot Amplifiers) in conjunction with EEET6752C (Troubleshoot Amplifiers in this cluster). All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of both UEENEEH013B, and UEENEEH039B.
  • In this cluster, minimum student directed hours are 26 in addition to 94 scheduled teaching hours.
  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation.


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