Electricity and Electronics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Assessments - Weekly Problems (10) (35%) , Assignment - Practical Reports (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

This unit aims to provide an introduction to fundamentals of electricity and electronics and their applications and an overview of electrical engineering. The unit aims to be suitable for all prospective engineering students. In terms of detailed content it comprises an overview of electrical and electronic systems and applications; basic DC and AC circuit concepts and laws; basic electronic components, concepts of power systems; power plants; generation, transmission, distribution, protection, losses, efficiency; transformers; environmental issues; sustainability; principles of electrical machines; special purpose motors; motor selection and applications; speed and torque control; basic drives; electrical safety; introduction to electronic instrumentation and measurements; fundamentals of measurement systems including an introduction to the use of LabView.

Please note: This unit has an on-campus attendance requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Schedules section of the course page.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply fundamental electrical laws and principles in the analysis of electrical/electronic circuits
  2. apply knowledge of the basic principles and properties of electrical/electronic systems in the analysis and simulation of circuits
  3. apply knowledge of electrical measurement systems in conducting experiments and interpreting results
  4. design, simulate and test simple electrical/electronic systems
  5. discuss electrical and electronic technologies meaningfully with engineers.
  6. construct prototype electronic circuits using a standard method suitable for low frequency and low voltage systems.
  • Assessments — Weekly Problems (10) (35%)
  • Assignment — Practical Reports (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities
  • Other special requirement — A mark of at least 40% is required in each of Weekly problems, Practical Reports and Examination items to pass the course. If 40% is not achieved in any one, or more, of these assessment tasks the course result will be a maximum of 49%.
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit has an on-campus requirement. For more information, please visit the On-campus Requirements section of the course page.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to EE systems electrical safety components and circuits
2Voltage, current, power, energy
3Basic circuit laws, basic instruments, circuit simulation
4Capacitors and inductors as storage elements
5DC transients
6Modern instrumentation, signal conditioning
7Diodes, Transitors, Amplifiers, filters, resonance
8AC sources, AC power
93-phase concept
10Electricity generation, transmission, power quality environment issues of electricity generation
11Electrical machines
12Selection of electrical motors

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Interactive Games
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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