Course Title: Engineering Design 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Design 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2019,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr. Hiep Tran

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 5967

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.25

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have completed Digital System Design 1 (EEET2251) / Digital Fundamentals (OENG1206), or equivalent practical and design experience.

Course Description

You will learn the principles and practice of designing, constructing, and debugging an electronic circuit, using a simple electronic circuit as a case study.

The weekly pre-recorded lectures will present the theory of the case study circuit, the process of circuit design, the concept of simulation to evaluate circuit performance, and the process of proceeding from a circuit schematic to a Printed Circuit Board. The pre-recorded lectures will also discuss practical design issues such as component selection, thermal rating, mechanical footprint, and a number of other issues that need to be considered as part of the overall design process.

The laboratory experiments will provide a physical forum to develop the practical skills of electronic circuit design. The first experiments will provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in circuit schematic capture and simulation using Altium Circuit Designer. The next experiments will be practical breadboard construction of sections of the example case study design. The remainder of the laboratory program will provide a forum for you to design, construct, and test a working version of the case study design circuit.

The overall focus of the course is to present an integrated and coherent approach to the design and construction process of an electronic circuit, which can be applied to more complex system design tasks in the following years of the degree program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor.
  • Professional use and management of information.
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
  • Effective team membership and team leadership.

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  1. Apply circuit simulation as part of the design process.
  2. Design and construct a PCB based electronic circuit using a modern CAD software package.
  3. Describe the underlying theory, processes and trade-offs required to proceed from an initial circuit concept to a physical electronic circuit construction
  4. Undertake the practical processes of physically constructing and testing an electronic circuit.
  5. Understand the major elements required to achieve an outcome from an initial design concept

Overview of Learning Activities

Working relatively independently you will design, build, and test the case study electronic circuit. The major design work in this activity is applying theory to understand the operation and create a working PCB-based physical version of a circuit. 

Overview of Learning Resources

All material required for this course of study can be found in the course Canvas.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through the learning management system.

Overview of Assessment

X 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 (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Task 1: Directed Laboratory Experiments

Weighting of final grade: 25%

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: A Case Study Design Project

Weighting of final grade: 40%, comprising: 

  • PCB layout design and Design Rule Check 10%
  • Demonstration 15%
  • Report 15% 

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Mid-Semester Test

Weighting of final grade: 10%

This is an online quiz that may be taken anytime within a 24-hour period. 

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 5

Assessment Task 4: Final Timed Assessment

Weighting of final grade: 25%

This will be a 2-hour assessment that may be taken anytime within a 24-hour period at the end of the semester. 

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 5