CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics
Introductory Electronics
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General Information

Overview

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of analog and digital electronics. You will learn the theory of operation commonly used in active and passive electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, signal & power amplifiers, oscillators, and Op-amps. This unit will provide you with sufficient knowledge of Boolean algebra necessary to understand digital electronics. You will learn logic gates, combinational logic circuits, logic minimization, flip-flops, counters, shift-registers, memory, and multiplexers. You will develop skills in analysing electronic circuits and modelling of analog and digital circuits using industry-standard simulation software packages. During this unit, you will design analog and digital systems for real-world applications and test them in simulation software. This unit will also provide you with an opportunity to further develop their professional skills such as communication, technical writing, and individual presentations. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: MATH11219 Applied Calculus AND  ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Energy and Electricity

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
5. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Formal unit evaluation response.

Feedback

Add more example questions from the textbook and discuss them in the live class sessions.

Recommendation

Most of the theory parts will be available as prerecorded lectures which students can follow prior to the weekly live tutorial session. This will free up some additional time to discuss more questions from the textbook during the live tutorial sessions.

Feedback from Self-reflection.

Feedback

Interaction and participation of students in the online class were very minimal.

Recommendation

More interactive content such as live demos and simulations will be included in the live class sessions. Informal assessment methods will be added to the pre-recorded lectures to track students' learning outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use communication channels such as Microsoft Teams to interact with the lecturers and other students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the operation of semiconductor devices and basic analog electronic circuit building blocks
  2. Discuss digital number systems and their hardware implementation in digital information processing systems
  3. Analyse the operation of analogue and digital electronic circuits by applying industry-standard simulation tools
  4. Test the operation of given analog and digital electronic circuits to validate their operation
  5. Design analog and digital electronic circuits to solve real-world problems by Interpreting functional requirements and circuit options
  6. Communicate professionally using electronic engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

Introductory
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 4N 5N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 4N 5N )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 6N )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 6N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 6N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 6N )
Intermediate
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4N 5N )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 3I 4I 5I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 4N 5I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 6I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 6I )
Advanced
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 3I 4I 5A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 4I 5A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
5 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
5 - Practical and Written Assessment - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Analog Fundamentals: A Systems Approach VitalSource eBook 1 (2012)

Authors: Thomas L. Floyd & David M. Buchla
Pearson
NJ , USA
ISBN: 9780133109016
Binding: eBook
Prescribed

Digital Fundamentals Global Edition VitalSource eBook 11th Global edition (2014)

Authors: Thomas L Floyd
Pearson
USA
ISBN: 9781292075990
Binding: eBook
Prescribed

TMKIT 1 (2021)

Authors:
CQU-SET
ISBN:
Binding: Other
Prescribed

TMKITU 1 (2021)

Authors:
CQU-SET
ISBN:
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Distance students have the following options for completing the lab component of this unit:

1. Physically attend labs (these are scheduled in blocks) scheduled in the Mackay campus (please refer to time table for the dates )

2. If you can self-supply the equipment and the components required for conducting the labs as listed below, you do not need to purchase a lab kit. You can complete the labs at home without attending the scheduled labs.

You need to purchase TMKIT which has the following items in case you are unable to do 1 or 2 above, please purchase TMKIT (this kit has brand new equipment) or TMKITU (a limited number of TMKITUs are available which include used equipment on campus before. TMKITU comes with a replacement warranty from the school of engineering and technology).

These kits will have the components required to complete the labs of this unit from home.

Inclusions in TMKIT/TMKITU

1 12VAC Plug Pack Power Supply

1 3D Printed Component Box

4 4mm Banana Plug to Test Hook Clip Test Lead Cable

1 BNC Male Plug Q9 to Dual Hook Clip Test Probe Cable Leads (2 leads will come with scope)

1 Breadboard

1 A3 Box for Australia Post Tough Bag

1 Multimeter - True RMS, with Leads

1 Power Supply - 12VAC / 5VDC and -15V/0/15V

1 USB Cable for Oscilloscope (included with Pico Scope)

1 USB Oscilloscope (Pico will include two leads)

Electronics components (Refer to the labs class documentation for the required components)



IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Pdf creator/scanner
  • MS Office (mainly Word and Powerpoint)
  • Zoom Video Conference Application
  • Windows 8 or later PC with admin rights to install software and USB port to operate USB Oscilloscope
  • NI Multisim Software (license provided by CQU)
  • Microsoft Teams - camera and microphone
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Lasi Piyathilaka Unit Coordinator
l.piyathilaka@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Analog Concepts, Diodes and Applications

Chapter

Book 1: Analog Fundamentals

Chapters 3 and 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Relevant questions and sample problems will be solved every week.

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Specialized Diodes and Introduction to BJT

Chapter

Book 1: Analog Fundamentals

Chapters 2 and 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Transistor Amplifiers, Signal and Power Amplification

Chapter

Book 1: Analog Fundamentals

Chapters 3 and 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Operational Amplifier

Chapter

Book 1: Analog Fundamentals

Chapters 6 and 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Special Operational Amplifier Circuits

Active Filters

Chapter

Book 1: Analog Fundamentals

Chapters 8 and 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Oscillators

Voltage Regulators

Chapter

Book 1: Analog Fundamentals

Chapters 10 and 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Number Systems, Operations, and Logic Gates

Chapter

Book 2: Digital Fundamentals

Chapters 1,2, and 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Boolean Algebra and Logic Simplification

Chapter

Book 2: Digital Fundamentals

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Design Assignment 1 (Analog) Due: Week 8 Monday (6 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Combinational Logic Analysis and Functions of Combinational Logic

Chapter

Book 2: Digital Fundamentals

Chapters 5 and 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Latches and Flip-flops

Chapter

Book 2: Digital Fundamentals

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Residential School 20/09/21 -21/09/21


Practicals, Laboratory Exercise, and Report Due: Week 10 Friday (24 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Timers and Counters

Chapter

Book 2: Digital Fundamentals

Chapter 7 and 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Week 11 Monday (27 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Shift Registers

Data Storage

Chapter

Book 2: Digital Fundamentals

Chapter 8 and 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Design Assignment 2 (Digital) Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Laboratory exercises will be done in block mode during 20/09/2021- 21/09/2021 from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM at the Mackay campus. Distance students who do not intend to attend these labs classes are required to buy a lab kit from the bookshop or need to self supply the equipment and components needed to complete the lab exercises. 

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 1

Task Description

This assessment would cover topics from analog fundamentals. The assessment criteria and questions will be provided well before the submission date and would be strictly followed. The students are not expected to draw any waveforms or write any equations in the word editor, instead they can scan a clear and legible handwritten document and submit it as a pdf file. Details will be given on the Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Marked assignment with feedback will be provided


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

1. Calculates the circuit parameters in various analog circuits by understanding their operations.

2. Selects the most suitable semiconductor device for a given analog circuit application

3. Explains the operation of analog circuits by understanding the characteristics of various analog semiconductor devices

4. Uses simulations correctly to analyse the waveforms generated by analog circuits

5. Compares calculated results with simulation results when solving problems related to analog electronics

6. Report is presented to a professional standard by including all workings and circuit outputs


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
One pdf file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the operation of semiconductor devices and basic analog electronic circuit building blocks


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 2

Task Description

This assessment would cover the topics from digital electronics domain. The assessment criteria and questions will be provided well before the submission date and would be strictly followed. The students are not expected to draw any waveforms or write any equations in the word editor, instead they can scan a clear and legible handwritten document and submit it as a pdf file. Details will be given on the Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (27 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Marked assignment with feedback will be provided


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

1. Converts digital number system from one form to another by following the conversion rules

2. Identifies the different digital semiconductor devices by their logic symbols.

3. Combines fundamental logic devices to design high-level logic components

4. Determines the output waveform and timing diagrams for a given digital circuit

5. Uses simulations correctly to analyse the waveforms generated by digital circuits

6.  Applies digital logic rules to simplify various digital circuits

5. Compares calculated results with simulation results when solving problems related to digital electronics

6. Report is presented to a professional standard by including all workings and circuit outputs


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
One pdf file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss digital number systems and their hardware implementation in digital information processing systems


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy

3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practicals, Laboratory Exercise, and Report

Task Description

This assessment corresponds to lab practicals and collectively covers almost all topics from both the digital and analog domains. There are mainly two labs in total out of which, lab 1 covers the analogue electronics portion and lab 2 covers the digital portion.

The assessment is distributed as per the content and the details and modalities of these practicals will be available from the unit Moodle website. These practicals are compulsory for every student.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (24 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Marked labs with feedback will be provided within 2 weeks of submission date


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

1.Correctly connects various analog and digital semiconductor components by referring to pin diagrams, power requirements and connection procedures.

2. Tests the operation of analog and digital circuit devices by connecting various laboratory measurement devices.

3. Uses measurement devices to troubleshoot analog and digital circuits.

4. Configures simulation software to analyse various analog and digital circuits.

6. Report is presented to a professional standard by including all workings and circuit outputs


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the operation of semiconductor devices and basic analog electronic circuit building blocks
  • Discuss digital number systems and their hardware implementation in digital information processing systems
  • Test the operation of given analog and digital electronic circuits to validate their operation


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Design Assignment 1 (Analog)

Task Description

This assessment relates to the design of a component / device mainly using contents covered in analog portion of the unit. This mainly software based task would be submitted individually by every student. After the submission the students can fabricate it physically but it would not count towards the grades. Details of this assessment will be available on Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (6 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Marked design with feedback will be provided


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

1. Identifies the most suitable analog components that can be used to design a circuit to solve a real-world problem.

2. Justifies the selection of different circuit components by calculations

2. Explores different analog circuit options by using calculations and simulations.

3. Designs the final circuit by using standard symbols and correct connection methods

4. Simulates the designed circuit to very the functional requirements.

5. Report is presented to a professional standard by including all workings and circuit outputs


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The report should be in PDF format and all the Multisim simulation files need to be submitted to the Moodle site as a zip file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the operation of analogue and digital electronic circuits by applying industry-standard simulation tools
  • Design analog and digital electronic circuits to solve real-world problems by Interpreting functional requirements and circuit options
  • Communicate professionally using electronic engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

5 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Design Assignment 2 (Digital)

Task Description

This assessment relates to the design of a component / device mainly using material covered in digital portion of the unit. This mainly software based task would be submitted individually by every student. After the submission the students can fabricate it physically but it would not count towards the grades. Details of this assessment will be available on Moodle unit website.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

After grade release


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

1. Identifies the most suitable digital components that can be used to design a circuit to solve a real-world problem.

2. Justifies the selection of different circuit components by using logic expressions and truth tables

2. Explores different digital circuit options by using calculations and simulations.

3. Designs the final circuit by using standard symbols and correct connection methods

4. Simulates the designed circuit to very the functional requirements.

5. Report is presented to a professional standard by including all workings and circuit outputs


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The report should be in PDF format and all the Multisim simulation files need to be submitted to the Moodle site as a zip file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the operation of analogue and digital electronic circuits by applying industry-standard simulation tools
  • Design analog and digital electronic circuits to solve real-world problems by Interpreting functional requirements and circuit options
  • Communicate professionally using electronic engineering terminology, symbols and diagrams that conform to Australian and international standards.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?