Course Title: Find and repair faults in the microwave amplifier sections of electronic apparatus

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EEET6754C

Course Title: Find and repair faults in the microwave amplifier sections of electronic apparatus

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

This course covers fault finding and repair of microwave amplifier sections in electronic apparatus. The unit encompasses safe working practices, interpreting circuit diagrams, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs, safety and functional testing and completing the necessary service documentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH016B Find and repair faults in the microwave amplifier sections of electronic apparatus


1. Prepare to find and repair faults.

Performance Criteria:

1. Prepare to find and repair faults.
2. Find faults.
3. Repair fault.
4. Completion and report repair activities. 

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are
identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control measures and procedures are
followed in preparation for the work.
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
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to
carry out the work are obtained in accordance with
established procedures and checked for correct
operation and safety.
2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for
carrying out the work 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 Apparatus is checked as being isolated where
necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements
and procedures.
2.4 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing
on knowledge of microwave amplifier sections and
circuit using measured and calculated values of
apparatus parameters.
2.5 Apparatus components are dismantled where
necessary and parts stored to protect them against
loss or damage.
2.6 Faulty components are rechecked and their fault
status confirmed.
2.7 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with
the approval of an authorised person.
2.8 Fault finding activities are carried out efficiently
without waste of materials or damage to apparatus
and the surrounding environment or services and
using sustainable energy practices.
3.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for
carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Apparatus is checked as being isolated where
necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements
and procedures.
3.3 Materials required for the repair work are sourced
and obtained in accordance with established
3.4 Repairs are affected efficiently without damage to
other components, apparatus or circuits.
3.5 Effectiveness of the repair is tested in accordance
with established procedures.
3.6 Apparatus is reassembled, finally tested and
prepared for return to customer.
4.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and
procedures are followed.
4.2 Work area is cleaned and made safe in accordance
with established procedures.
4.3 Written justification is made for repairs to
4.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate
person or persons notified in accordance with
established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory and application of various types of RF/micorwave amplifiers, waveguide fundamental, microwave antenna and antenna fundamentals and advanced testing and measuring devices and techniques of communication systems.
• Industrial visit to look at the actual radio and related equipments from the industry. (It will depend on the arrangement with the radio company. If it can be arranged, the teaching schedule will vary.)
• Practical activities to develop skill in construction the working model of various types of RF/microwave amplifiers. Conduct complex testing process, diagnose & rectify fault and verify the performance as specification.
Work performance simulation projects involving the commissioning of selected systems, development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in the systems and repair the fault. Specifications will be provided with work simulation (team or individual basis) or may be negotiated to suit a workplace based application

Teaching Schedule

Refer to the common teaching schedule from the course guide of EEET6763C in the same cluster.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Reference books:
• Gary M. Miller, Modern Electronic Communication, the latest edition, Prentice Hall
• Sinnema, W., Electronics Transmission Technology, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall
Useful websites:

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summate assessments as follows: 

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Written assignments
  • Simulation Project
  •  Written exam

Assessment Tasks

• Centralised exam 40 %
• Assignments and work performance simulations project 50%  (10%+10%+30%)
  Assignment 1 (10%), Assignment 2 (10%), Project (30%)
• Laboratory exercises 10 % (3%+3%+4%)
  Laboratory exercise 1 (3%), Laboratory exercise 2 (3%), Laboratory exercise 3 (4%)
• A Pass in the Learning Unit when evidence of learning is collected according to the requirements as stated at “assessment criteria”. The documentation must be clearly communicated and submitted to supervisor within specified time.

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

Assessment                                                                                                       Elements

Centralised exam                                                                                              1, 2

Assignments and performance simulations project                                 1, 3, 4

Laboratory exercise                                                                                           2, 3, 4

Other Information

  •  This course is delivered in a cluster (Communication Engineering 1) in conjunction with EEET6754C, EEET6763C. (Find and repair faults in the microwave amplifier sections of electronic apparatus, & Find and repair faults in communication systems). All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of All competencies UEENEEH016B, UEENEEH072B.
  • In this cluster, minimum student directed hours are 60 in addition to 60 scheduled teaching hours.
  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation, organized industrial visits and lab reports.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) 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. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of 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.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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