ECE2021 - Electromagnetism - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering


Professor M Premaratne (Clayton)

Professor Joshua Le-Wei (Malaysia)

Not offered in 2017


This is a study of electrostatic, magnetostatic and electromagnetic fields and their use to create devices and systems. This study includes a mathematical description of the fields, an examination of the basic laws governing the generation of fields, and a study of interactions with dielectric and magnetic materials. Maxwell's field equations are introduced. Applications of electromagnetic fields such as radio, televisions, transformers, electrical motors and generators are examined, as are electrostatic painting, magnetohydrodynamics and beam control in a synchrotron. Naturally generated fields such as the earth's magnetic field and the electric fields causing lightning are also discussed.


At the conclusion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Summarise underlying concepts and theory behind electric & magnetic fields and relate them to suitable applications
  2. Interpret mathematics used in solving problems in electromagnetism
  3. Describe electric and magnetic properties of materials
  4. Evaluate the currents and voltages in distributed circuits
  5. Compute forces caused by electromagnetic fields


Laboratory and assignment work: 30% + Examinations (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.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)


ENG1060, ENG1090 (or equivalent)