ENEG11009 - Fundamentals of Energy and Electricity

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn how to apply fundamental laws of physics related to energy and electricity using authentic engineering problems. You will be introduced to the concepts of heat, energy, work, energy conversion and laws of thermodynamics. You will apply energy principles of rotational motion, simple harmonic motion and oscillations. You will learn the concepts of voltage and current and use Kirchhoff’s laws to analyse simple direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electrical circuits. You will also learn the operation of electrical machines such as motors and generators and how to select a machine for a given application. Throughout this unit, you will be using experimental and measurement techniques to investigate relevant physical phenomena and learn how they can be used in practice to solve engineering problems. This unit will also provide you with opportunities to develop communication skills through collaborative teamwork and opportunities to create professional documentation through laboratory reports. Mixed-mode students are required to attend the compulsory Residential School.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 25%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Take Home Exam 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.81% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students have appreciated independent self learning, online quizzes, laboratories, laboratory videos, laboratory guides in this unit and great delivery of the teaching team.
Recommendation
The good practices will be continued.
Action Taken
Continued the good practices.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Some tutorial questions need to be revised, it is better the tutorial questions focus on practicing the lecture materials rather than focusing on covering extra information, e.g., converting imperial units to international standard units.
Recommendation
The tutorial questions will be revised to fit more with the content of the lecture materials.
Action Taken
Tutorials questions were revised to focus more on the taught content.
Source: Unit evaluation and teaching team
Feedback
The lab guides and reports need improvement. The measurement error discussion and heat loss calculation is not clear enough to students.
Recommendation
The lab documents will be revised in order to be more understandable and more clear to students.
Action Taken
Additional explanation was provided.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students have appreciated the physical workings in the lectures to deliver the contents of the unit more efficiently rather than just using slides.
Recommendation
The good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Continued the good practices.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Hard copy of the textbook wasn't available for Term 2, 2018. The hard copy price is also not reasonable for Term 2, 2019.
Recommendation
As the text book is a custom title further discussion by the bookshop team with the publisher is recommended. It is recommended to consider other ways of providing students with the material they require through library subscriptions.
Action Taken
At the start of the term, students were informed about the availability of the hard copy of the text although an e-textbook is cheaper. All the missing content in the hard copy of the text was added as CRO to the unit Moodle site.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Broad pass rate low at 60%.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the final exam workload for students of this unit is reduced by introducing a midterm exam. To reduce the workload, the unit content being covered in the midterm exam will not be included in the final exam.
Action Taken
The final examination workload was drastically reduced by introducing a midterm in-class test.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Pre-lecture videos and slides helped students.
Recommendation
Maintain the same practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Lecturers clarified questions in timely manner and quality feedback was provided.
Recommendation
Maintain the same practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Unit content was laid out in Moodle efficiently so that the material could be found easily.
Recommendation
Maintain the same structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Laboratory report templates need a little improvement.
Recommendation
Revisit laboratory templates and make amendments or allow students to develop their own lab reports.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discipline Leader
Feedback
Improve the clarity of assessment requirements.
Recommendation
A separate paragraph will be added to the assignment to further clarify the assessment requirements describing the expectations in detail.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Solve well defined engineering problems in work, energy and heat transfer
  2. Apply physical and circuit laws to find electric fields, electric potentials and currents in Direct Current (DC) circuits
  3. Calculate simple capacitor and inductor dimensions and transient behaviour of Resistor-Capacitor (RC) and Resistor-Inductor (RL) circuits
  4. Analyse simple Alternating Current (AC) circuits
  5. Solve problems related to rotational motion and electrical machines
  6. Conduct scientific experiments to investigate physical phenomena using safe work practices
  7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce professional laboratory documentation including error analyses.

The learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course Website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Test
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Test
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Take Home Exam
3 - Online Quiz(zes)