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ELE1502 Electronic Circuits

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Electronic Circuits
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031303 - Electronic Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Mark Norman


This course introduces the fundamental ideas, theory and devices of electronics. It develops these ideas in an applied way to the extent that the student will be able after successful completion, to use integrated circuits, resistors and capacitors to arrange and build a range of circuits, and to apply basic scientific and mathematical principles to analyse simple circuits. The course is designed around a group of concrete projects which the students respond to, build, test and appropriately document. By this approach, a realistic understanding is gained and attention is focussed on those aspects of electronics as a component of engineering industry which are most valuable.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify basic scientific principles of simple electronic devices;
  2. undertake basic d.c. circuit analysis;
  3. design, assemble and test simple electronic circuits to perform a range of functions. These designs should then be evaluated and appropriately documented;
  4. analyse simple electronic circuits by applying basic mathematical transfer functions which describe major blocks of the circuit;
  5. use test equipment to operate and test simple circuits;
  6. design an assembly of basic functional blocks to perform more complex functions;
  7. modify given circuits with respect to timing, voltage gain and current rating;
  8. apply manufacturers' data to a range of simple integrated circuits;
  9. discuss aspects of the effects of electronics on society.


Description Weighting(%)
1. d.c. Circuit Theory 10.00
2. Diodes and Transistors - Basics 15.00
3. Power Supplies and Linear Voltage Regulators 10.00
4. TTL and CMOS Logic Gates, Combination and Sequential circuits 10.00
5. Monostables and Astables 15.00
6. Comparators 5.00
7. Op amps - Basic Circuits 15.00
8. Power Amplifiers (Transistor amplifiers) 5.00
9. Electronic Test Equipment 10.00
10. The Effect of Electronics on Society 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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An electronic prototyping breadboard - minimum 800 holes.
Various electronic components and tools as per handbook.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Open source online textbooks as directed on the StudyDesk.
Recommended: Robbins, AH & Miller, WC 2013, Circuit analysis with devices; theory and practice, 5th edn, Thomson/Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 81.00
Report Writing 20.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 23 Apr 2019 1,2,7,8 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 10 16 May 2019 4,5,7
PROJECT 200 20 03 Jun 2019 3,4,5,6,7,8
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S1 1,2,4,7,8,9 (see note 2)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at