Course Title: Engineering Design 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Design 2

Credit Points: 12.00


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


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Kazi Hasan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2238

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B039 F04 R008

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have completed Engineering Design 1 or equivalent  practical and design experience.

Course Description

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

The lectures for the course will present the theory of the case study circuit, the process of circuit design, the concept of simulation confirmation of the circuit performance, practical design issues such as component selection, thermal rating, mechanical footprint, the process of proceeding from a circuit schematic to a Printed Circuit Board Design, 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 the Altium Circuit Designer program. 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 demeanour.
  • Professional use and management of information.
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
  • Effective team membership and team leadership.

On successfull completion of this course you will be able to

  1. use 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 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. co-ordinate and bring together all the elements required to achieve a final 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 create a working PCB based physical version of a required circuit. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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

Assessment Task 2: A case study design project, debugging, and troubleshooting

  • PCB layout design and design rule check - 20%
  • Testing, debugging, and troubleshooting - 15%

Weighting of final grade: 35%

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 2, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Mid Semester Test

Weighting of final grade: 20%

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 5

Assessment Task 4: End Semester Test

Weighting of final grade: 20%

Related Course Learning Outcomes: 3, 5