ENEX12002 - Introductory Electronics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of analog and digital electronics. You will learn the working principles of commonly used active and passive electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers with their applications. 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 and other basic digital logic circuits, and their applications. You will develop skills in analysing electronic circuits and modelling analog and digital circuits using industry-standard simulation software. In this unit, you will design analog and digital systems for real-world applications and verify their functionality in simulations. You are also required to complete compulsory practical activities that involve building electronic circuits to further strengthen your knowledge. This unit promotes UN sustainable development goal 12-Responsible Consumption and Production by developing electronic circuits to reduce wasteful consumption.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Pre-requisite: ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy AND (MATH11160 Technology Mathematics OR MATH11218 Applied Mathematics)

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).

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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 Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Project (applied) 20%
4. Project (applied) 20%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 81.82% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 26.19% 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: Student feedback survey
Some lab exercises delivered in the residential school require additional time to complete and therefore residential school needs to be extended by an additional day.
The residential school will continue to deliver in block mode for two days. The lab exercise will be reviewed and repetitive tasks from them will be removed. This will provide additional time for students to complete lab exercises. More simulation-based lab exercises will be added, so students can complete some of the lab exercises at home.
Action Taken
Analog labs were done during the residential school and digital labs were done using only simulation work. This approach allowed students to complete the lab tasks on time. All repetitive tasks were removed from the lab exercises.
Source: Student feedback survey
Students enjoyed the interactive video lectures added to the moodle site. The videos were added as a video book with separate video lectures for each section. Therefore students were able to easily navigate through the lecture videos.
The interactive videos were added only for the first six weeks of the unit's moodle content as a pilot project. As the students' feedback for the interactive videos is very positive, it is recommended to further improve them with more formative questions and add the interactive videos for weeks 6-12.
Action Taken
Interactive videos and formative questions were further improved. Video lectures were added to weeks 6-12 (Digital electronics) but need to be converted to HP5 content.
Source: Student feedback
Some students found that completing five assessment tasks was time-consuming and the assessment workload in the latter part of the term was high.
Assessment tasks should be reviewed to better manage staff and student workloads.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
The use of Microsoft teams was very useful as the basis of the communication for the entire unit. This gave students a forum-like approach to solving problems and answering questions that proved more user-friendly than the moodle platform
Continue to use Microsoft Teams over Moodle forum to give assessment feedback and answer questions from students.
Action Taken
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. Understand the 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 and validate the electronic circuits
  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:

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 )

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 )

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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Project (applied)
4 - Project (applied)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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