ENEX12002 - Introductory Electronics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


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: 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 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. 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%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: Self reflection
Information in some lab exercises should be revised to make them easier to follow.
Lab exercises will be reviewed and relevant information would be added.
Action Taken
Lab exercises were modified to suit online learning. Students were given lab kits so they were able to conduct lab exercises at home. Support was provided through recorded and live zoom demonstrations.
Source: Formal unit evaluation response.
Add more example questions from the textbook and discuss them in the live class sessions.
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.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection.
Interaction and participation of students in the online class were very minimal.
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.
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. 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:

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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Practical and Written Assessment
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Practical and Written Assessment
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment