Circuits and Systems

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Circuits and Systems

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    The prerequisites for this subject are:
    ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2


    Admission into the MC-ENG Master of Engineering (Biomedical) or (Biomedical with Business)

    AND one of
    BMEN20001 Biomechanical Physics & Computation
    COMP20005 Engineering Computation

    MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics

    both of the following subjects
    MAST20009 Vector Calculus
    MAST20030 Differential Equations

    NOTE :For students enrolled in MC-ENG (Biomedical) or MC-ENG (Biomedical with Business) BMEN20001 Biomechanical Physics and Computation and MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics may be taken concurrently

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This subject introduces students to the fundamental principles of circuit and signal measurements and analyses in a biosignals context. In addition to the fundamental concepts, topics to be covered include an introduction to various types of sensors and the basic methods required to analyse measurements, calibrate sensors and evaluate measurement system performance.
    In the laboratories, students will learn about laboratory safety, team work and measurement safety in an integrated way.
    This subject is one of the subjects that define the Bioengineering Systems Major in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine, and it is a core requirement for the Master of Engineering (Biomedical). It provides a foundation for various subsequent subjects, including BMEN90002 Neural Information Processing and BMEN90021 Medical Imaging.
    Topics include:
    Basic principles of charge, current, Coulomb's law, electric fields and electrical energy, Kirchhoff's current law, Kirchhoff's voltage law, voltage and current division, node voltage analysis, mesh current analysis, Thévenin and Norton equivalent circuits, transient analysis of RC and RL circuits, steady-state analysis of RLC circuits, phasors and impedance, frequency domain models for signals and frequency response for systems, continuous-time and discrete-time Fourier transforms, frequency response, filtering, transfer functions, Z-transforms, Laplace transforms, poles and zeros, Bode plots, and the relationship to state-space representations.
    This material is complemented by the use of software tools (e.g. MATLAB) for computation and simulation, and practical experience with circuits and systems in the laboratory.
    Having completed this unit the student should be able to:
    Apply physical principles, fundamental abstractions and modelling techniques in the analysis of electrical systems;
    Develop and demonstrate basic biosignals laboratory skills through implementing, testing and debugging simple circuits on prototyping breadboards;
    Apply fundamental mathematical analysis and modelling techniques to understand signals and systems in both time-domain and frequency-domain;
    Demonstrate the ability to analyse continuous-time and discrete-time signals and systems.
    Six workshop group reports (students work in group of 2 or 3) not exceeding 30 pages in total each spread from week 2 to week 12, requiring 30-40 hours of work in total per student, worth 30%;
    One mid-semester test of 50 minutes duration, worth 10%;
    One examination of two hours duration at the end of the semester, worth 60%.
    Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the end of semester examination to pass the subject.
    Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1-4 are assessed in the submitted workshop reports, ILO1 is assessed in the mid-semester test, and ILOs 1, 3 and 4 are assessed in the final examination.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.