Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jonathan Li (Clayton); Dr Vineetha Kalavally (Sunway)


Introduction to electrostatics: electric charge, forces and fields, electric potential, emf, application in capacitors, energy and information storage. dielectrics, polarisation, electrical breakdown. Magnetic fields, current and current loops in magnetic field. force on charges, engineering applications solenoid. Electromagnetic induction. inductance. Engineering applications: transformer. Electric Motor. Energy stored in magnetic field. Ohm's Law, Kirchhoffs Laws. Mesh and vodal analysis. Circuit theorems, superposition. DC and AC networks, AC power systems. Ideal op amp circuits, applications in instrumentation. Logic, Boolean algebra. Digital arithmetic, combinatorial logic circuit.


Upon successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. understand and analyse electrostatic forces, fields, potentials and emfs in simple electric charge configurations and apply these to capacitors, electronic devices and other applications
  2. understand how magnetic fields are related to currents, and how emfs are generated by magnetic induction, and apply these in instruments, motors, transformers, power generation and transmission
  3. use and analyse DC and AC circuits with the appropriate methods, including phasor and forced response
  4. understand the basic principles of the operational amplifier, as part of a general electronic instrument
  5. apply digital logic in simple circuits
  6. make reliable measurements using electrical meters, oscilloscopes and other electronic instruments, analyse data, and interpret observations
  7. communicate and discuss concepts, measurements and applications related to electrical engineering
The unit also aims to:
  1. improve oral and written communication skills
  2. develop skills in completing tasks as part of a team
  3. develop confidence in solving new engineering problems


Laboratory/Tests 30%
Examination 70% (3 hours).
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jamie Evans

Contact hours

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


VCE Physics 3/4 or ENG1080 or PHS1080.
VCE Mathematical methods 3/4 (or equivalent) recommended.


ENG1091 or MTH1030


ENG1301, ENG1803