Course Title: Electrical Circuit and Fields

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM6023L

Course Title: Electrical Circuit and Fields

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

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

Jan Jia

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

Circuit Theiry 1, Circuit Theory 2, Yr 1 Elective (Calculus & Vectors)

Course Description

To develop the knowledge and skills for the application of various complex electrical network analysis under time and frequency domains, to develop the ability to understand the operation and usage of poly-phase electrical systems, to develop the ability to apply Laplace and Fourier transform for solving electrical circuit and systems.

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
o Use technology

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate face to face in

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of various electrical network analysis, electromagnetic field, Laplace and Fourier transform applications.

• Practical activities provide a structured learning environment for students to develop practical skills in measurement and problem solving for various electrical networks. The entire course emphasis on the development of good technical communication skill and precise use of technical words.

• Work simulation projects 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 work to meet quality standards, time-line, personnel requirements and contingencies. Demonstrate leadership characteristic, such as: conflict resolution and problem solving, ability to conduct and participate in meetings, keeping records and documenting tasks.

Project may be undertaken as part of a team or individual basis.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 - 2

1. Polyphase Circuits
• Generation of polyphase systems,
• balanced star and delta sources and loads.
• Delta-star transformation.
• Line and phase voltage and current relationships.
• Power in three phase circuits.
• Use of wattmeters to measure power.
• Power factor.
• Unbalanced three phase loads.

Week 3 - 5
. Fourier Methods
• Fourier series
• Symmetry property
• Fourier transform,
• Circuit applications
• Energy

Week 6 - 8. The Laplace Transform in Circuit Analysis
• Circuit analysis in the s-domain,
• Initial conditions,
• The impulse functions in circuit analysis.

Week 9 - 10. Mutual Inductance
• A review of self inductance,
• Concept of mutual inductance,
• Polarity of mutually induced voltages (dot convention),
• Energy calculations.

Week  11- 12. General Concepts of Networks with Lumped Constants
• Network topology,
• Loop and ent-set analysis,
• Network analysis using matrices,
• State space approach.

Week 13 - 14. Complex Frequency and Network Functions
• The operator as a complex frequency,
• Forms of network functions,
• Representation of network functions,
• Stability, steady state sinusoidal response.
• Bode diagrams.

Week 15 - 16
7. Field Theory
• Laplace and Poisson’s equations,
• Maxwell’s equations,
• Static and time varying electric fields,
• Static and time varying magnetic field,

• Biot-Savart Law.

Week 17 - 18

Revision / final examination

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online resources will be available as recommended by the course teacher.

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

Assessment activities will be as close as practicable to real work situations and will require “real work” type decision-making by the student. Evidence of competent performance shall be gathered from

• Work performance simulations

These projects have to demonstrate the applied knowledge required to meet assessment criteria and technical requirement specified in the following competency standard:

NES 008 A – 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

When performing the simulations, students must demonstrate ability to:

o Organise and manage the tasks within the simulations
o Cope with any contingencies that arise during the simulations and solve inherent problems
o Perform tasks autonomously and/or as a member of a team as task proscribes
o Perform task and manage work environment/equipment according to safe working practice and OH&S requirements.
o Meet assessment criteria, conditions and technical requirement relevant to the competency standard detail above.

• Practical exercises

These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria. All practical exercises must be
o Undertaken according to safe working practice as specified by the Centre.
o Performed according to specified laboratory standards and practice.

• Progressive and Validation Tests

Theoretical concept underpinning measurement and testing procedures will be assessed progressively in tests throughout the unit. A written/ oral validation test will also apply to aspects of projects done in groups

Although this learning unit will be assessed on completion, the competency itself will not be signed off until this and further learning units are completed and the student is deemed competent.

Assessment Matrix

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