Course Title: Electrical Calculations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: BUSM6017L

Course Title: Electrical Calculations

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6050 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering

Course Contact : William Lau

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4703

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Elmas Aliu, Program and Course Coordinator 9925 4360

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

Students will develop essential core mathematical skills necessary to support electrical and electronics principles and skills upon which these principles are based. It provide broad introduction to the fundamental mathematical operations such as: Indices and Logarithms, Trigonometric functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Complex number, elementary Boolean algebra needed by electrical, electronics and computer systems programs.

This learning unit is one of a group of units designed to collectively meet underpinning skill & applied knowledge essential for developing the following Core Competency –

UTE NES 008A – Provide technical leadership in the workplace

Which is contained in the National Electrotechnology Training Package UTE99

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES008A Provide technical leadership in the workplace


o 008.1 Demonstrate standards of performance
o 008.2 Maintain personal competence
o 008.3 Organise personal work priorities

Performance Criteria:

• Demonstrate application of the following generic or Key Competencies within the practical activities and work performance simulations _
o Collect, analyse and organise information.
o Communicate ideas and information ((testing & evaluation procedures)
o Plan and organise activities (lab & simulation activities)
o Work with others and in teams (lab & simulation activities)
o Apply mathematical ideas and techniques (calculations)
o Solve problems (related to design, function of circuits, computer programming)
o Use technology (related to design& maintenance of circuits and systems)

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate face to face in

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the core essential mathematical concepts for engineering study, which may include algebraic manipulations and functions, indices and logarithms trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers.

• Work simulation activities focus in technical leadership activities, which include: team building, identify team member’s work task, clear and concise dissemination of ideas and information, planning and organising activities to meet requested standards. Demonstrate leadership characteristic, such as: problem solving, keeping records and documenting tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Week number of Semester 1, 2007General Guidance for course content be covered in lectures (for details, please refer to the relevant Course Guide)Practical works
Week 1Introduction to of the competency BUSM 6017L,
Introduction to algebra.
Week 2Power of 10, indices.
Quadratic equations using factorisation or the quadratic formula.
Equations involving fractions.
Week 3Linear equations and graphs.
Linear equations with to or three unknowns.
Solving simultaneous linear equations using determinants.
Week 4Exponential equations.
Logarithms, logarithmic expressions.
Natural and logarithms with base 10.
Week 5Conversion between radians and degrees.
The unit circle and its applications.
Week 6Functions and their definition.
Exponential and logarithmic functions.
Week 7Trigonometric functions
Assignment 1 handed out (worth 10% of total mark) due date end of week 9.
Week 8Practice test and revision.Practice test and revision
Week 9Test 1 (40% worth of total mark)Test 1 (worth 40% of total mark)
Week 10Trigonometric functions and their graphs.
Week 11
Logarithmic laws. Logarithmic equations.
Week 12Exponential equations using logarithms. Graphs of exponential functions, inverse functions. 
Week 13Application of logarithmic and exponential functions. 
Week 14Complex numbers. Definition and geometric interpretation. 
Week 15The algebra of complex numbers. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.Assignment 2 (worth 10% of total mark) handed out. Due date last day of week 18.
Week 16The conjugate of a complex number.
Polar and exponential forms. Powers and roots of complex numbers.
Practical problems
Week 17Revision. Practice test 2Practice test
Week 18Test 2 Assignment 2 Due date.
Test 2 (worth 40% of total mark)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

B.R. Deem, T. Zannini, 'Electronics and Computer Math' Prentice Hall, 8th Edition, 2006

Blair Aldis, ’Mathematics for Technicians’ 6th Edition, Mc Graw Hill.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment requirements include

• attendance and satisfactory completion of prescribed practical exercises , which may be scheduled during the day or evening depending on the demand.
• evidence of participation in and satisfactory completion of work simulation projects.
• satisfactory completion of class assignment work
• progressive tests
• timely submission and standard presentation for all assessment material / documentation

Assessment Tasks

As per Assessment Matrix below

Assessment Matrix

Element CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final AssessmentSubmission Time
1,2,3,4,5,6,7Assignment 1
Test 1
Week 9
Week 9
8,9,10,11,12,13Assignment 2
Test 2
Week 18
Week 18

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