Course Title: Electrical Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electrical Engineering 1

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 2 2024




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

Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed EEET2249 – Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before (particularly relating to KCL, KVL, Nodal and Mesh analysis) you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Assumed Knowledge
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/PHYS2160 Physics 1, MATH2160/MATH2393 Engineering Mathematics 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 (PLOs) for Bachelor of Engineering plan ending in P23:
BH075P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)

PLO 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.
PLO 2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.
PLO 4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 
PLO 5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for all other Bachelor of Engineering plans specialising in:
Electronic and Computer Systems; and Electrical Engineering and associated double degrees:

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
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 Engineering Application Ability
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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: Laboratory Activities 

Weighting 30%

You will be required to undertake experimental lab tasks related to the theory covered in this course. After completing 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 and equipment, your 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 (on-campus)

Weighting 20%

This formative and summative assessment will be held during the semester and aims to test your understanding of the concept covered in the first half of the course. Feedback will be provided after the test. 

This is a closed-book, timed and timetabled assessment of less than 2 hours duration that students must attend on campus except for international student who are resident outside Australia. 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2 

Task 3: End-Semester Quiz (online)

Weighting 20%

This formative and summative assessment will be held after the completion of lectures and aims to test your theoretical knowledge of the second half of the course content. This quiz may include MCQs, numerical and essay type of questions. Feedback will be provided after the quiz.

This is an open-book assessment, timed of less than 2 hours that may be taken any time within a 24-hour period.

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4 

Task 4: Final Test (on-campus)

Weighting 30%

This summative assessment will be held towards the end of the semester and aims to test your basic and advanced knowledge of the topics covered in the course, including those not tested during the mid and end-semester assessments.

This is a closed-book, timed and timetabled assessment of less than 2 hours duration that students must attend on campus except for international student who are resident outside Australia. 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4