Course Title: Solve problems in multiple path d.c. circuits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EEET6780C

Course Title: Solve problems in multiple path d.c. circuits

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6085 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical - Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rand Gorgis
Ph: +613 99254378
Fax: +613  99254377

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

UEENEEE003B Solve problems in extra-low voltage single path circuits

Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of single source d.c. parallel and series-parallel circuits and providing solutions as they apply to various electrotechnology work functions. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including the use of voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations to predictable problems in multiple path circuit.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEE004B Solve problems in multiple path d.c. circuits


1. Prepare to work on extra-low voltage single path electrical circuits

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of the circuit(s) problem 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 coordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are identified and accessed in accordance with established procedures.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Solve problems in extra-low voltage single path electrical circuits

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures 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 procedures.
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Established methods are used to solve d.c. circuit problems from measure and calculated values as they apply to multiple path electrical circuit.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Problems are solved without damage to apparatus, circuits, the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.


3. Complete work and document problem solving activities

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to solve circuit problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and appropriate person(s) notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of concepts
Practical activities applied, with problem solving and related questions to develop skills in safe testing.
Projects may be undertaken as part of a team or individual basis.
Participate in individual and team problem solving scenarios/role plays/ case studies and participate in supervised workshop practice in simulated workplace environment dealing with a range of practical exercises related to:
1. Series Circuits
2. Parallel Circuits
3. Series /Parallel circuits
4. Effects of meters in a circuits
5. Resistance measurement
6. Capacitor and Capacitance
7. Capacitors in series and parallel

Teaching Schedule

Week Number Topic Delivered Assessment Task
1 Electrical Safety
Hazards of working with electricity and electrical equipment Lab #1 (3%)
Ohm’s Law

2 Series circuits
single-source series dc circuit. Ohms law, voltage divider
connecting cells in series Lab # 2 (3%)
Kirchhoff’s voltage Law
3 Parallel circuits setting up and connecting a single-source parallel circuit
Measurement of resistance, voltage and current values in a single-source parallel
circuit, Kirchhoff current law, current
divider network Lab # 3 (3%)
Kirchhoff’s current Law
4 Series/parallel circuits
setting up and connecting a single-source series / parallel circuit Measurement of resistance, voltage and current values in a single-source series /parallel circuit
voltages, currents and resistances in a bridge network, connecting cells in series parallel Hazards, operating characteristics of analogue and digital meters, range, loading
effect and accuracy for a given application Lab # 4 (3%)
Parallel Circuit
5 Capacitance
definition of capacitance, how a capacitor is charged.
units by which capacitance is measured.
Capacitance voltage and charge.
Behaviour of an RC series d.c. circuit Tutorial # 1
Voltage & current Dividers

6 Capacitors
hazards and safety control. Factors which determine the capacitance of a capacitor in all circuits to some extent.
Capacitors types
Identifying capacitors values Tutorial # 2
First Order RC Circuits in Transient & Steady State
7 Capacitors
capacitors connected in parallel calculating their equivalent
effects on the total capacitance of capacitors connected in series. Project (10%)
8 Capacitors
common faults in capacitors.
testing of capacitors to determine serviceability Lab # 5 (3%)
Series / Parallel
RC circuits
9 Revision Written Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Introductory Circuit Analysis
By: Robert L. Boylestad



Other Resources

Tutorial and Laboratory Instruction sheets will be available online (using Online Learning Hub) and student’s share-drive.

Overview of Assessment

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summative assessments as follows:
A. laboratory Journals.
B. Written Reports for one Assignment consists of parts A and B.
C. Closed Book Test and Closed Book Exam.

Assessment Tasks

1.  Laboratory exercises (15%)
Each student will complete five practical exercises designed to reinforce the theory topics taught during the semester.
Most practical exercises consist of two major parts:
Part A is a prior task includes only calculations (usually pre requisite for part B) and part B include measurements and graphs.
The results obtained in part B will be reviewed and compared with the calculations from section A.
These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria and each student is required to complete a short written report for each laboratory exercise.
All laboratory exercises must be undertaken according to safe working practice and performed according to specified laboratory standards and practice including calibration, measurement and accurate reading. This must include electrical measurement taken with safe working practice, meters properly calibrated, meter settings positioned for an accurate reading and accurate readings taken for all measurements.
2.  Project (10%)
A project has to be undertaken toward the end of the unit, in a controlled environment for the specified duration in order to perform tasks autonomously.
The project circuits can be constructed using either hard ware or MultiSim (design / test) simulation computer package. Each student will complete all parts of the project individually and will be asked by the supervisor to demonstrate that the circuit is functioning according to specifications. Each student is required to complete a written report includes three major parts: calculations, circuit diagrams / measurement and results / conclusion.
3  Written Test (25%)
Total = 50%
Possible total Mark = 50

Students must obtain at least 50% of the total mark for each assessment in order to pass the comptency successfuly.

This comptency is taught in conjunction with "UEENEEE003B" Solve problems in electrical circuits and with "UEENEEE001B" Apply OHS practices in the workplace therefore teaching schedual and assessments include three comptencies under the cluster title: Electrical Fundamentals & OHS.

Assessment Matrix

Comptency National CodeComptency titleCluster Title

Assessment Types

   LabAssignmentProject TestIndustrial Practice
UEENEEE003BSolve problems in electrical circuitsElectrical Fundamentals & OHSX XX 
UEENEEE004BSolve problems in multiple path d.c. circuitsElectrical Fundamentals & OHSX XX 
UEENEEE001BApply OHS practices in the workplaceElectrical Fundamentals & OHSX XX 

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