Course Title: Solve problems in d.c. circuits

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EEET7020C

Course Title: Solve problems in d.c. circuits

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Gita Pendharkar
Phone: +613 9925 4701

Kemps Cheng
Phone: +613 9925 4691

Divya Anshu Bhardwaj
Phone: +613 9925 4163

Amandeep Kaur
Phone: +61 3 9925 4444

Nominal Hours: 80

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 single source d.c. series, 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 single and multiple path circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits


1. Prepare to work on d.c. electrical circuits.

Performance Criteria:


OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood


The nature of the problems are obtained from documentation or from work supervisor to establish the scope of work to be undertaken


Problems are clearly stated in writing and/or diagrammatic form to ensure they are understood and appropriate methods used to resolve them.


Known constants and variable related to the problem are obtained from measured values or problem documentation.


Alternative methods for resolving the problem are considered and where necessary discussed with appropriate person(s).


Problems are solved using appropriate mathematical processes and techniques and within the realistic accuracy.


2. Solve d.c. 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 methodological techniques are used to solve d.c. circuit problems from measure and calculated values as they apply to 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

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
  • Practical laboratory
  • Assignments

Engineer 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 UEENEEE104A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:


Week                                        Topics Delivered


Performance Criteria                                            

1Introduction to course, course guide, assessments, topics breakdown, resources, equipment (in the lab) & OHS issues.
Basic electrical concepts
Electro technology industry.
Production of electricity.
Transmission and distribution systems of electricity. Utilisation of electricity by the various loads
Basic calculations involving quantity of electricity, velocity and speed with relationship to the generation and transportation of electricity.
E104A: 1.1, 1.2

 Basic electrical circuit
Symbols used to represent an electrical energy source, a load, a switch and a circuit protection device in basic d.c. single path circuit
Purpose of each component in the circuit.
Effects of an open-circuit, a closed-circuit and a short-circuit

E104A: 1.1 - 1.6, 2.1,2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
3Ohm’s Law
Relationship between voltage, current and resistance from measured values in a simple circuit.
Determining voltage, current and resistance in a circuit given any two of these quantities.
Graphical relationships of voltage, current and resistance
Lab # 1 (4%)


E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

 Electrical power
Relationship between force, power, work and energy
Power dissipated in circuit from voltage, current and resistance values.
Power ratings of devices
Measurement electrical power in a d.c. circuit.
Effects of power rating of various resistors
Lab # 1 (4%)

E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
5 Effects of electrical current
Effects of current.
The fundamental principles (listed in AS/NZS 3000) for protection against the effects of current.
Basic principles by which electric current can result in the production of heat; light; magnetic fields; and a chemical reaction.
Typical uses of the effects of current.
Lab # 2 (4%)
E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
6 EMF sources energy sources and conversion electrical energy
Basic principles of producing a emf from the interaction of a moving conductor in a magnetic field, from the heating of one junction of a thermocouple, by the application of sun light falling on the surface of photovoltaic cells, and when a mechanical force is applied to a crystal (piezo electric effect).
Principles of producing a electrical current from primary, secondary and fuel cells.
Input, output, efficiency or losses of electrical systems and machines
Effect of losses in electrical wiring and machines.
Principle of conservation of energy
Lab # 2 (4%)
E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
Features, identification, types and applications of fixed and variable resistors.
Power ratings of a resistor.
Power loss (heat) occurring in a conductor.
Use the colour code table to identify resistors and confirm the value by measurement.
Specifying a resistor for a particular application
Lab # 3 (4%)
E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
8 Series circuits
Circuit diagram of a single-source d.c. ‘series’ circuit.
Applications and characteristics of ‘series’ circuits used in the Electro technology industry.
KVL and simple voltage divider networks.
Effect of an open-circuit on a series connected circuit
Lab # 3 (4%)
E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Parallel circuits
Schematic diagram of a single-source d.c. ‘parallel’ circuit.
Applications and characteristics of ‘parallel’ circuits used in the Electro technology industry.
KCL and simple current divider rule and power dissipation.
Output current and voltage levels of connecting cells in parallel. 

Catch up Lab 

E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
Series/parallel circuits
Schematic diagram of a single-source d.c. ‘series/parallel’ circuit.
Applications and characteristics of ‘series/parallel’ circuits used in the Electrotechnology industry.
Relationship between voltages, currents and resistances in a bridge network.
Calculation of the total resistance, the voltage, current and power dissipated from measured values of any two of these quantities of a ‘series/parallel’ circuit.
Lab # 4 (4%)
E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
11Factors affecting resistance
Factors affect the resistance of a conductor (type of material, length, cross-sectional area and temperature)
Effects of resistance on the current-carrying capacity and voltage drop in cables.
Calculation of the resistance.
Lab # 4 (4%)


E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

 Effects of meters in a circuit
Operating characteristics of analogue and digital meters, range, loading effect and accuracy for a given application.
Connection of instruments into a circuit to measure voltage, current and resistance, reading analogue scales and digital readouts in measuring voltage, current and resistance
Lab # 5 (4%)

Assignment handed

E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
13Resistance measurement
Identification of instruments used in the field to measure resistance.
The purpose of an Insulation Resistance (IR) Tester calibration, storing and checking.
Zero ohms adjustment, battery check function, scale and connecting leads).
Reasons why the supply must be isolated prior to using the IR tester.
The continuity test, insulation resistance test used in an electrical installation and AS/NZS3000 Wiring Rules requirements.
The voltage ranges of an IR tester and where each range may be used. e.g. 250 V d.c, 500 V d.c and 1000 V d.c

E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
14Definition 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
 Practical Test 20%
E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Hazards and safety control. Factors which determine the capacitance of a capacitor in all circuits to some extent.
Capacitors types
Identifying capacitors values
Common faults in capacitors

 Practical Test 20%

Assignment due (10 %)

E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
16Capacitors in Series and Parallel
Capacitors connected in parallel calculating their equivalent capacitance.
Effects on the total capacitance of capacitors connected in series

E104A: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
17-18Final Written Test 50% 

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assignment out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 16 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Introductory Circuit Analysis
By: Robert L. Boylestad ISBN 0-13-173044-4


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.

Resource materials will be available on S:\C6122\EEET7020C & my RMIT>Studies>EEET7020C

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: Practical/Laboratories
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 2: Assignment
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10

Assessment 3: Practical Test 
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 4: Final Written Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredAssignmentLabPractical TestFinal Written Test
2.1x xxx
2.2x xxx
2.3x xxx
2.4x xxx
2.5 xx x x
2.6 xx x
3.1 xx x x
3.2 xx x x
3.3 xx x x
3.4 xx x


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Practical/Laboratories (week 3-10)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 2: Assignment - Week 12- 15
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10%

Assessment 3: Practical test- Week 11
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 4: Final Written Test - Week 17-18
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

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 UEENEEE104A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEE104A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assignmentxxxxxx x xx x x x x x x
Labxxxxxx x x x x x x x x x x
Practical Testxxxxxxxxxx x x x x x x
Final Written Test x x x x x x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assignment  X X XX   XXXXX
LabXXXXXX X      X 
Practical Test X X XX XXX   X X X X 
Final Written Test            

All Assessments

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-third, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-third, of the Element

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Special Consideration:

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