Course Title: Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: EEET7026C

Course Title: Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6120 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Luigi La Forgia

Ph: +613 9925 4864

Appointment by email

Program Manager
Eddie Vanda

Ph: +61 3 9925 4456

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of electromagnetic devices and related circuits and providing solutions as they apply to electrical installations and equipment. It encompasses working safely, power circuit problems solving processes, including the use of voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations to predictable problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEG101A Solve problems in electromagnetic devices and related circuits


1. Prepare to work on electromagnetic devices and 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 device(s)/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 established 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 electromagnetic devices/circuit problems.

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 solving circuit problems from measure and calculated values as they apply to electromagnetic devices/circuits.

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 an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Activities

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.
EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.
Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEG101A in the Assessment Matrix

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week      Topics DeliveredElements/Performance  Criteria

Natural magnets
Magnetic Characteristics
• Theory of magnetism
• Magnetic induction
• Magnetic materials
• Magnetic shielding
• Applications of permanent magnets

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1, 1.2, 2.1
• Magnetic field around a straight conductor
• Magnetic field within a loop or a solenoid
• Forces between straight conductors

In-class Exercises/Calculations

 1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6
3Magnetic Units
• Magnetomotive force
• Magnetising force
• Flux density
• Magnetomotive force on a conductor within a flux
• Permeability
• Reluctance
• Ohm’s law compared to magnetic circuits

In-class Exercises/Calculations

 1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
4Magnetization Curves
• Non-magnetic materials
• Magnetic materials
• Magnetic saturation
• Comparison of B/H magnetisation curves

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
5Magnetic Hysteresis
• Hysteresis loops
• Hysteresis losses
• Magnetic leakage and fringing

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
6Industry Visitor in week 6 or 7 or 81.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
7Electromagnetic Relay Switches
• Typical relay construction
• No-volt relays
• Overload relays
• Polarised relays
• Other functions

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
Generation of an EMF in a magnetic field
• Magnetic field density
• Length of the conductor
• Velocity of motion of the conductor
• Angle of the conductor path
• Generated EMF

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
9Lab/Assignment presentation (20%) Due [20 mins per group]1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
10Lab/Assignment presentation (20%) Due [20 mins per group]1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
11Lenz’s Law
• Factors determining inductance
• Unit of inductance
• Self-inductance
• Factors affecting self-induced voltafe
• Mutual inductance between coils
• Mutual inductance between conductors
• Inductors in series
• Inductors in parallel

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
12Inductors in direct current
• The time constant
• Energy stored in an inductor
• Dangers of charged inductors

Inductor types
• Straight or line type
• Loop
• Solenoid coil – air-core
• Solenoid coil – magnetic-core
• Toroidal core
• Multi-coil – transformer

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4

 Applications of Inductors
• Kettering ignition

Inductor faults
Testing inductors

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
14Direct Current Machines
• Machine construction
• D.C. generator and their characteristics
• D.C. motors

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
15Direct Current Machines
• Efficiency of d.c. machines
• Commutation
• Armature reaction
• D.C. servo and stepper motors

In-class Exercises/Calculations

1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
16Examination (60%) done in Week 16 or 171.1-1.4, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.4
17-18 Examination & Correction Period

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, lab exercises, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 12 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Assignment 1 – In class exercises

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 2: Practical/Assignment presentation

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 3: Written closed book test

Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs): 

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance CriteriaAssignment 1Assignment/LabWritten test
1.1 xx
1.2 xx
1.5 xx
1.6 xx
2.3 xx



Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:  Assignment 1 - In class exercises, 20% - Week 1-15

Assessment 2:  Prac/Assignment presentation, 30% - Week 9-10

Assessment 3: Written closed book test, 50% - Week 16-17

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEG101A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEG101A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assignment 1   x x   x x  x x x x x x x
Assignment/Lab x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Written test x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assignment 1 x x  x  xxxxx x x   x
assignment/Lab x x   x x x xx x x x x x xx
Wriiten test x x x   xxx x x   x   
All Assessments (UEENEEG101A)1111 3
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

  • assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
  • maths and science developmental support and advice 
  • English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

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