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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)A Lowery (Clayton); S M Low (Sunway)


Time domain response of first- and second-order circuits. Sinusoidal steady-state analysis using phasors. Frequency response of circuits in gain and phase. Use of decibels in circuit analysis. Use of the Laplace transform in solving circuit problems. Poles and zeros of network functions. Characteristics of bipolar junction and MOSFET devices. Applications of diodes in clipping, clamping, rectifying and regulation. Use of transistors in amplifier circuits. Operational amplifiers and their use in amplification, signal processing and filtering applications. Use of transistors in logic circuits. Characteristics of electronic switching devices and their use in power electronic equipment.


On completion of this unit the students should be able to:

  1. formulate and solve the equations that describe first- and second-order circuits in the time domain

  1. formulate and solve circuit problems in the sinusoidal steady state using phasor analysis

  1. derive and understand the frequency response of circuits

  1. use the Laplace transform approach to solve circuit problems, especially with regard to the characterization of network functions using poles and zeros

  1. understand how diodes, bipolar junction transistors and MOSFETs operate and in particular be familiar with their operating characteristics in a graphical form

  1. understand and be able to analyze how diodes are used in clipping, clamping, rectifying and regulating applications

  1. understand and analyze how transistors are used in amplifier circuits

  1. understand the characteristics of operational amplifier circuits and analyze their use in circuits for amplification, signal processing and filtering purposes

  1. understand and analyze the use of transistors in logic circuits

  1. understand and analyze the use of switching transistors in power electronic circuits.

  1. construct electronic circuits in the laboratory and measure their behaviour using appropriate instruments.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Laboratory and assignment work: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours of practice/laboratory classes and 6 hours of private study per week


ECE2061, ECE2601, GSE2302