Foundations of Electrical Engineering

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Electrical Engineering

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EGB113 or PVB101
    Grade of at least Sound Achievement in Senior Mathematics C (or equivalent) or MZB125, and Fundamental knowledge of simple DC circuits is assumed knowledge.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces you to basic electrical circuit concepts. It requires you to perform circuit analysis, circuit synthesis, and the measurement and testing of relevant quantities within circuits.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Write and apply basic relationships between electrical energy, electrical circuit components and signals in electrical networks.
    2. Design, build and test an electronic circuit to measure a physical real-world property.
    3. Solve problems involving electrical energy, measurements and circuits at an introductory level and validate your solutions using measurements with hardware and software simulations.
    4. Retrieve, evaluate, present and use relevant information to model and describe the behaviour of simple engineering systems that use electrical circuits.
    DC CIRCUITS: measurement of DC electrical quantities, circuit analysis using mesh currents, Thevenin and Norton equivalents, capacitance and inductance, time domain solutions for simple transient behaviour.
    AC CIRCUITS: sinusoidal signal representation, impedance, circuit analysis using phasors, frequency response, power in AC systems.
    ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CIRCUITS: Diodes, operational amplifier circuits, filters, rectifiers and voltage regulators.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Teaching Mode: 4.8 hours per week (equivalent)
    Lectures: 2 hrs per wk x 13
    Tutorials: 2 hr per wk x 12
    Labs: 2 hr labs x 6
    The delivery of this unit is through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Lectures will introduce concepts and techniques illustrated with examples. Tutorial sessions will help you apply these to problems and relate them to practical applications. Practical work in laboratory sessions will help you gain hands-on experience in designing, constructing and testing circuits for making real-world devices. The laboratory sessions will also introduce you to the use of measuring instruments and circuit analysis tools.

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