Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2014 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan Li (Clayton); Dr Vineetha Kalavally (Malaysia)


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.


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

  • analyse DC and AC networks using appropriate methods, including circuit theorems, first order transient analysis for DC networks, and phasor analysis for AC networks
  • employ 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
  • apply digital logic in simple circuits and design digital circuits with minimised logic to realise a specified logic
  • create circuits using basic components such as resistors, LEDs, capacitors, integrated circuits on breadboards and printed circuit boards, make reliable measurements using the multimeter, oscilloscope and function generator, analyse data and interpret observations
  • develop skills in completing tasks as part of a team and 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 (Malaysia October intake 2013)

Workload requirements

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