Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EEET6752C

Course Title: Troubleshoot amplifiers

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact : Gita Pendharkar

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254701

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kemps Cheng

Phone: +613 9925 4691


Ganesh Naik

Phone: +613 9925 4252



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 circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH013B Troubleshoot amplifiers


1. Prepare to troubleshoot basic amplifiers.
2. Troubleshoot amplifiers.
3. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

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 the 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.
2.1 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
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.
3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
Complete work and document problem solving activities.
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

Details of Learning Activities

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

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

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

Teaching Schedule

Week NumberDateTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
1 Introduction to OHS and the course  
2 Single stage amplifiers  
3 D C Bias for Single Stage amplifiers  
4 Types of D C Biasing

Practical Exercise  1 starts
Due on week 15

5 Small signal terminal characteristics (a c model)  
6 Effects of coupling and by-pass capacitors in single-stage amplifiers Practical Exercise 2 starts
Due on week 15
7 Multistage Amplifiers  
8 Types of Coupling  
9 Introduction of FETProject issued
Due on week 16
10 FET amplifiers  
11 Frequency response of Single Stage amplifier  
12 Bode Plot  
13 Frequency response of Multistage amplifier 
14 Negative Feedback in Multistage Amplifier Due for the hardware of project
15 Effect of negative feedback on amplifier parameters and applications  
16 Revision Due for the written report of project
17 Centralised ExamCentralised Exam
18 Centralised ExamCentralised Exam

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

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summative assessments as follows:
A. Practical laboratories
B. Written reports for the laboratories
C. Written assessment

Assessment Tasks

This is a progressive assessment consisting of the following:
Assessment task 1 (Practical Exercises): 30%
Practical Laboratories: The students will have to complete minimum of three laboratories as specified by the teacher for the practical exercises and demonstrate the understanding of amplifier fundamentals through the developed project.
Project Modules: The students will design and develop the project module(s) 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 Laboratories and 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 competency EEET6752C is delivered in conjunction with EEET6757 in the same cluster "Troubleshoot Amplifiers".

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