Circuits and Signals

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Circuits and Signals

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering Science and Math

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Co-Requisite: elec1111 or elec1112

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Circuit elements - energy storage and dynamics. Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws, simplifying networks of series/parallel circuit elements. Nodal analysis. Thivenin and Norton equivalents, superposition. Operational amplifiers. Transient response in first-order RLC circuits. Solutions via solving differential equations. Transient response in second-order RLC circuits. State equations, zero input response, zero state response. Using MATLAB to solve state equations. Sinusoidal signal: frequency, angular frequency, peak value, RMS value, and phase. DC vs AC, average vs RMS values. AC circuits with sinusoidal inputs in steady state. Use of phasor and complex impedance in AC circuit analysis. AC power (real, reactive, apparent), power factor, leading/lagging. Resonance. Transformers and coupled coils. Laplace transforms of signals and circuits. Network functions and frequency response. Periodic signals and Fourier series. Introduction to filter design. Introduction to nonlinear circuits and small signal analysis.

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.


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