Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway October intake 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jonathan Li (Clayton); Dr Vineetha Kalavally (Sunway)


This unit is a broad introduction to electrical engineering, firstly covering a number of basic concepts such as Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, resistive networks, and DC network analysis using mesh and nodal analysis, application of the superposition theorem, and Norton and Thevenin's equivalent circuits.

Students will learn about operational amplifiers (op amp) and their applications in circuit design.

Digital logic topics such as Boolean algebra, digital arithmetic, combinatorial logic circuits, and logic minimisation using Karnaugh maps will be covered.

Students will encounter inductors and capacitors as circuit energy storing elements, study first order transient responses of RC and RL circuits, AC circuit fundamentals, phasor representation of alternating quantities, complex notation, the concept of impedance and analysis of AC networks.

Finally, students will be introduced to basic electrostatics: electric charge, forces and fields, electric potential, emf, and applications of electromagnetic effects in electrical systems.


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

  1. analyse DC and AC networks using appropriate methods, including circuit theorems and first order transient response for DC networks and phasors for AC networks
  2. understand the basic principles of the opamp and design amplifiers in various configurations such as unity gain buffer, inverting, non-inverting, and the differential modes using opamps
  3. apply digital logic in simple circuits and design digital circuits with minimised logic to realise a specified logic
  4. connect circuits using basic components such as resistors, LEDs, capacitors on breadboards
  5. make reliable measurements using the multimeter, oscilloscope and function generator
  6. analyse data and interpret observations
  7. communicate and discuss concepts 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 (3 hours): 70%
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 (Sem 1 + 2)
Professor Jussi Parkkinen (Sunway October intake 2013)

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures, I hour tutorial, 2 hours of laboratories in alternate weeks and 7 hours of private study per week


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



ENG1301, ENG1803