Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: EEET7048C

Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - 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

Eddie Vanda
Phone: +613 9925 4456

Kemps Cheng
Phone: +613 9925 4691



Nominal Hours: 80

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 amplifiers. 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 amplifier sections/circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH113A Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus


1. Prepare to troubleshoot amplifiers.

Performance Criteria:

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 amplifier 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. Troubleshoot amplifiers.

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 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing on knowledge of 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 troubleshooting 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 troubleshooting problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

The classroom activities shall include the following:
Practical exercises and Project work on troubleshooting amplifier such as
• Following safety procedures in laboratories 
• Identifying various single stage amplifiers 
• Identifying multistage amplifier circuit configurations and their applications. 
• Measuring and calculating values of voltage gain and output voltage for single stage and multi stage amplifier circuits 
• Troubleshooting single stage and multistage amplifier circuits 
• Methods for testing assumptions encompassing such as visual inspection of the amplifier circuits 
• Dealing with intermittent faults in single stage and multistage amplifier circuits

Report Writing: Students will produce written reports on the project modules as per the specifications given and requirements.

Written Assessments on troubleshooting amplifiers, will include the following:
•  Determination of d.c. bias conditions for a single-stage amplifier 
• Determine the small signal terminal characteristics of single-stage amplifiers 
• Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers 
• Operation of multistage amplifiers 
• Frequency response of single and multistage amplifiers

Teaching Schedule

Week NumberDateTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
1 Introduction to OHS and the course
Small signal amplifiers.

UEENEEH139A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
2 Characteristics of small signal amplifiers
BJT and FET Small signal Amplifiers
UEENEEH139A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
3 Characteristics of Op amps
Open loop Configurations and Closed Loop Configurations
UEENEEH139A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
4 Inverting Amplifier
Non-inverting Amplifier
UEENEEH139A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Adder, Multi-channel Amplifier Project
UEENEEH139A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

6 Negative and positive feedback
Integrator & Differentiator
UEENEEH139A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
7 Comparator Circuits
Additional amplifier information
UEENEEH139A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
8 D C Bias for Single Stage amplifiers
Types of D C Biasing
UEENEEH113A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
9  Small signal terminal characteristics (a c model)
UEENEEH113A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
10 Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers
Multistage Amplifiers
UEENEEHA13A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
 Project issued
Due on week 16
11 Introduction of FET
FET amplifiers
UEENEEH113A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
12 Frequency response of Single Stage amplifier
Bode Plot
UEENEEHA13A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
13 Frequency response of Multistage amplifier
Effect of negative feedback on amplifier parameters and applications
UEENEEH113A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 Types of amplifiers
Effect of negative feedback on amplifier parameters and applications
UEENEEH113A: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 Due for the hardware of project

 Final preparation of project
UEENEEH139A: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
UEENEEH113A: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4


UEENEEH113A: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 Due for the written report of project
17 ExamExam
18 ExamExam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Electronics Devices and Circuit Theory, By Boylestead, Prentice Hall Publication


Other Resources

Practical Laboratories sheets and Project specification sheets will be available on the school’s local drive.

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: Laboratory Exercises
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 2: Project
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 3: Final Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredLaboratory ExerciseProjectFinal Test


Assessment Tasks

This is a progressive assessment consisting of the following:
Assessment task 1 (Practical Laboratory Exercises): 20%
Practical Laboratories: The students will have to complete minimum of four laboratories 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 : 30%
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
Final Test: 50%
The students will have written test to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge of 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 EEET7052C (Troubleshoot Basic Amplifiers Circuits) in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of both UEENEEH113A, and UEENEEH139A.
  • In this cluster, minimum student directed hours are 48 in addition to 72 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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Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application
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The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within
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