Course Title: Provide engineering solutions for problems in complex multiple path circuits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EEET7021C

Course Title: Provide engineering solutions for problems in complex multiple path circuits

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6120 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jan Jia

Phone:+61 3 9925 4390


Nominal Hours: 60

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 complex multiple path circuits and providing engineering solutions as they apply to various branches of electrotechnology work functions. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including using electrical measuring devices, applying appropriate circuit theorems and providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations and justification for such solutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEE125A Provide engineering solutions for problems in complex multiple path circuits


1. Prepare to solve problems in complex multiple path circuits.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of the circuit(s) problem 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 coordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are identified and accessed 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 problems in complex multiple path circuits.

Performance Criteria:

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 procedures.
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Established methods are used to solve circuit problems from measure and calculated values as they apply to complex multiple path circuit.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Problems are solved without damage to apparatus, circuits, the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.


3. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Performance Criteria:

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.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to solve circuit problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and appropriate person(s) notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Reports

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.
EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.
Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEE125A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria

Introduction to course, course guides, assessment methods, teaching and learning resources, OH&S issues
in class activity 1 , 4%, due at the end of class session 

1.1, 1.2, 2.1,2.2, 2.3
2Complex impedance
Kirchhoff Current Law and applications KCL application examples
hand out assignment 1, 15% due at week 10
 1.3, 1.4, 1.5,1.6
3 Kirchhoff voltage Law
KVL application examples
Source conversion
Tutorial session
work on Assignment 1 part A
 1.3, 1.4, 1.5,1.6
4 Mesh Analysis- for dc networks 
Concepts of loop current, node voltage
Apply KCL and KVL to develop simultaneous equations and solve for currents through voltages across components in complex dc networks
practice computation skills on using determinant to solve simultaneous equations
work on Assignment 1 part A

 2.1, 2.2,2.3,

2.4, 2.5, 2.6


 Mesh Analysis -For ac networks 
use format formula to write simultaneous equations, solve simultaneous equations by using determinant method

Concepts of loop currents, node currents use format formula to write simultaneous equations

in class activity 2 , 4%, due at week 6

 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
6 Nodal analysis-for dc networks
concepts of reference node, nodal voltages
apply Kirchhoff current law and kirchhoff voltage law
to write simultaneous equations in terms of nodal voltages practice computation skills on determinant method
to solve for nodal voltages
use Ohms law to work out current through or voltage across components in dc networks
work on assignment 1 part B

 2.1, 2.2,

2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

7 Nodal Analysis -for ac circuits
use format nodal formulas to write simultaneous equations in terms of nodal voltages practice computation skills, solve simultaneous equations for nodal voltages by using determinant method

 in class activity 3 , 4%, due at the end of class session
 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

 Star-Delta connections in power system

Conversion  between star and delta connections

Application examples
in class activity 4 , 4%, due at the end of class session

 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
9 Solving problems in complex multiple path power circuits
Tutorial session
 work on assignment 1 part B
 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

revision on

mesh analysis

Nodal analysis

star-delta conversion

completion of assignment 1
Assignment 1 written report due-15%

 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1,
3.2, 3.3, 3.4

11 superposition theorem dependant sources independent sources
definition of linear and bilateral power networks hand out on assignment 2 due week 16
in class activity 5, 4%
 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.3


 superposition theorem and applications
dc and ac Multiple path networks

 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.3
2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

 Thevenin’s Theorem
Norton Theorem
How to find Thevenin equivalent circuit, procedure to calculate equivalent impedance Zth
How to find Norton equivalent circuit procedure to calculate equivalent impedance Zn and equivalent current source In
Conversion between Thevenin and Norton Theorem work on assignment 2 part B

Work on Assignment 2 part B

 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

 Maximum power transfer Theorem, conjugate of impedance
condition of maximum power occurring calculation of maximum power
Work on Assignment 2 part B

 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
15 revision on all topics covered from week 11 to week 14 completion of assignment 2 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 3.1,
3.2, 3.3, 3.4
16 Complete assignment 2. assignment 2, 15%, due at the end of class session 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1,
3.2, 3.3, 3.4
17-18 Final Test 50%
Catch-up classes
2.4,2.5, 2.6 3.1,
3.2, 3.3, 3.4

The student directed hours for this competency is 6 hours in addition to the 54 student contact hours.

 Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 12 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Boylastad, Introductory to Circuit Analysis, the latest edition, Prentice Hall


Other Resources

Resource materials will be available on Blackboard

or pool\C6120\EEET7021C AC complex Circuits

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Assignments 1 & 2

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 2: In class activities

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 3: Final Test

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredAssignments  1 & 2In class activitiesFinal Test
1.1 x 
1.2 x 
1.3 x 



Assessment Tasks

  • Assignments, 30% , week 10 and week 16
  • In class Activities, 20%, week 1,5,7,8,11
  • Final Test, 50% , week 17

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix


Assessment vs UEENEEE125A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEE125A Elements & Performance Criteria
assignments x x xxxx x x xxxxx xx
in class activitiesxxxxxxx x x x x x x x x x
Final Test  x     xxxx xxx

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
assignments x xx x x xxxxx xxxx 
in class activities x xx x x x x xx  x x x x xx
Final Test x x  xx xxx        

All Assessments


333321 122221

0 (Blank)
Graduate attribute is not assessed
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

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If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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