Course Title: Electrical Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electrical Engineering 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022




125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 3 11


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Inam Nutkani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2033

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.16

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

EEET2249 – Circuit Theory, or an equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities particularly relating to KCL, KVL, Nodal and Mesh analysis.

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities:

You should have the capability to determine, by analysis as well as by measurement, the voltages and currents in simple DC circuits. You should be able to solve simple 1st order linear differential equations, perform algebraic operations on complex numbers, represent complex numbers by vectors, and sketch graphs of standard functions such as the step, sinusoidal, and exponential functions.

Course Description

You will build on Year 1 Courses: EEET2249 Circuit Theory, PHYS2082 Physics 1, MATH2160 Engineering Mathematics A and EEET2248 Electrical Engineering Analysis, and extend your analysis capability to cover transients in DC circuits. You will learn about the dangers involved in the use of electricity, and existing precautionary standards and good practices for mitigating them. You will learn steady-state analysis techniques to deal with circuits that contain one or more sinusoidal voltage and current sources (AC circuits), solve AC circuits involving magnetically coupled circuit elements (transformers). You will then extend AC circuit analysis concepts to define frequency transfer functions in the context of systems subjected to sinusoidal input of varying frequency. You will explore the basic principles of electromechanical energy conversion.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Solve differential equations of first order RL and RC and second order RLC circuits to obtain the transient and steady-state responses.
  2. Perform sinusoidal steady-state analysis and sinusoidal steady-state power calculations for single-phase and balanced three-phase AC circuits
  3. Use the Laplace transform in circuit analysis to determine the transfer function of simple circuits and identify basic frequency selective circuits with an introduction of bode plot.
  4. Analyse and solve magnetic circuits including ideal transformer and determine the equivalent circuit of a real transformer by using short-circuit and open-circuit tests and calculate transformer's regulation and efficiency.
  5. Measure electrical quantities safely and accurately, and relate measured results and waveforms to theoretical understanding
  6. Identify the dangers involved in the use of electricity and use the existing standards and good practices for enhancing safety.
  7. Work in a team environment with nominal directions and converse findings through written reports.



Overview of Learning Activities

Student learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Pre-recorded lecture vidoes will guide you to important principles and concepts. It also gives you many hints for using appropriate problem-solving techniques.
  • Regular tutorial or lectorial classes will provide the opportunity to learn many useful techniques for solving numerical problems which can be learnt only through repeated practice. It also provides an opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills by interacting with staff and fellow students in a smaller group.
  • Laboratory work provides the opportunity for team learning; it will help you to enhance your group and team skills; you will be able to connect theory with practice and reinforce the principles and concepts learnt in the lectures.
  • Appropriate references including links to on-line resources or reference books will be given during the course for you to expand your knowledge of the topics thereby developing your lifelong learning habits.


Overview of Learning Resources

It is strongly recommended that you have your own copy of the prescribed text-book. Often you will be referred to specific sections in the prescribed text-book. Mostly, problems from the prescribed text-book will be discussed during the lectures and tutorial classes.

A majority of the learning resources (including topic learning guides, videos, and lecture slides) for this course will be made available to you online.

Tutorial/lectorial questions will be made available in advance for you to attempt on your own or in a small group with your peers prior to your scheduled tutorial session.

For each laboratory, an instruction sheet will be made available in advance so that you can prepare for the laboratory work prior to your scheduled lab session.

During the course, you will be directed to many resources to enhance your understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment in this course will include semester tests, laboratory assessment for each formal laboratory experiment and final examination.

Practical measurement skills and analysis of the results will be assessed using laboratory exercises.

All assessment tasks will assess your ability to solve AC circuits and analyse the results. Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks except for the final examination.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Simulation and Experimental Laboratory Activities 
Weighting 30%
You will be required to undertake simulation and/or experimental lab tasks related to the theory covered in this course. Following the completion of the lab tasks, you will be required to write a technical report with all necessary results and analysis. This assessment task aims to assess your ability to apply theory in practice, use tools/equipment, and communication and team skills. Feedback will be provided on your reports.   
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7 

Task 2: Mid-Semester Test
Weighting 20%
This formative assessment will be held during the semester and aims to test your understanding of the concept covered in the first half of the course.  Detailed feedback will be provided after the test. 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2 

Task 3: End-Semester Test
Weighting 20%
This formative and summative assessment will be held after the completion of lectures and aims to test your theoretical knowledge of the complete course content.  Detailed feedback will be provided after the test. 
This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4 

Task 4: Final Assignment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task will be held towards the end of the semester. You will work on several individualised questions to derive their theoretical solutions (calculations) and validate your answers in simulation.  
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5