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41033 Integrated Electronic Systems Design

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UTS: Engineering: Electrical and Data Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Description

The purpose of the subject is to introduce students to the foundations of electronics engineering and the electronics industry. It takes lab and project-based, hands-on approaches to introduce students to the fundamental principles of some basic analogue electronics circuits. These include the understanding, gathering and processing of electronics signals through basic analogue circuit technologies. In the team and individual projects, students build their own circuits based on the knowledge learnt from class. Circuit simulation and layout software include Cadence, Advanced Design System (ADS) and Matlab. Students have the opportunity to become proficient in using the software for circuit modelling and logical analysis.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Obtain basic electronics circuitry knowledge and skills to become a future electronics engineer.
2. Interpret and classify electronics engineering problems and identify corresponding solutions with computer aided software solutions.
3. Understand the nature, scope and history of electronics engineering and become familiar with emerging cutting-edge electronics engineering technologies. Gain the capability of critical thinking in components and system level design using modelling and simulation.
4. Gain the capability of critical thinking in components and system level design using modelling and simulation approaches.
5. Enable students with capability of project management, team work collaboration and effective communication.
6. Demonstrate teamwork capability and communication skills.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following faculty Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) and Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 competencies:

  • Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.2, 2.3, 2.4 (A.1)
  • Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.1)
  • Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.2)
  • Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.2, 2.1 (B.4)
  • Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.1, 2.2 (C.3)
  • Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.6, 2.2, 2.4, 3.4 (E.3)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is conducted in the format of workshops, laboratories and project based practical work, which are supported by online resources such as library reading materials and video lectures. Students work in teams on projects and laboratory assignments involving problem identification, research and analytical skills.

Students will learn about electronics by working on a group design task. The task will be a real-world problem. Collaborative work will take place during class and there will be opportunities for peer learning and review. The emphasis on team-based learning means all students are expected to attend all sessions.

Students will access supplementary materials via UTSOnline to support their learning about the capability of strategical thinking and effectively undertake the responsibility of learning, particularly in fundamental knowledge of modern electronics, integrated circuit components and systems design. The students are expected to reach out the resources at UTSOnline, lecture videos and other associated reading materials. Laboratory classes will allow students to have access to the most powerful advanced electronic circuit design system. Students are expected to gain the experience of using software tools for circuits modelling, component and system level designs. A series of case studies and simulations will be presented during week 2 to week 10, and students will be given the opportunities to work individually or in group for the project based tasks. Formative feedback will be provided in weeks 3, 5, 7, 10 for the quizzes, in the form of verbal and written during laboratories.

Content (topics)

  1. Electronics Engineering
    1. Originality of Electronics Engineering
    2. How it is evolved and the importance of Electronics Engineering on our daily life.
    3. The method of generating and collecting Electronics signals.
    4. The method of representing and manipulating Electronics signals.
    5. The implementation of electronics in the field of various industries.
    6. Future electronics.
  2. Electronics Engineering degree structure
  3. Introduction to semiconductor electronics, analogue electronics and sensing technologies, and the associate fundamental theories
  4. Circuit, systems and logic modelling using Cadence, ADS and Matlab

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Quizzes

Intent:

Examine students’ knowledge and skills in relation to topics on circuits and systems.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, B.1, B.4 and C.3

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Accuracy and completeness of the quiz questions 50 1, 3, 4 A.1, C.3
Reflection on understanding the learning material 50 1, 3, 4 B.1, B.4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: On-Chip Integrated Filter Design

Intent:

Learn how to describe a signal filtering theory through a practical basic circuitry configuration. Obtain the basic computer-aided experience creating circuits for 5G applications. Learn how to use the advanced software predominantly used in the electronic and defence industry. Reaching out the most cutting-edge technologies through these essential tools of the electronics components and system designs.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, B.1, B.2, B.4 and E.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

The document is online. The documents should not be longer than an equivalent 10 page A4 size.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Accuracy and completeness of the circuit design 30 1, 2, 4 B.2
Reflection on how the project was undertaken 20 4, 5 E.3
Reflection on learning achieved in doing the task 20 3, 5 B.1
Reflection on usefulness of the circuit and your design to potential users 15 3, 4 A.1
Quality of your online documents in terms of styling and appeal 15 1, 2 B.4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: System Level Design Project

Intent:

Learn how to design a daily used electronics system according to the practical requirements, gaining the knowledge in system schematics and design skills using advanced educational software tool kits.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, B.1, B.2, B.4 and E.3

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

The document is online. It should not be longer than an equivalent 30 page printed document.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Accuracy and completeness of the system design 30 1, 2, 4 B.2
Reflection on how the project was undertaken 20 4, 5, 6 E.3
Reflection on learning achieved in doing the task 20 3, 5, 6 B.1
Reflection on usefulness of the system and your design to potential users 15 3, 4 A.1
Quality of your online documents in terms of styling and appeal 15 1, 2 B.4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 4: Final Exam

Intent:

To check students understanding of the materials covered in this course.

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.

Required texts

M. Tooley, Electronic Circuits: Fundamentals and Applications, 2/e (Newnes 2002), hard copy is available from UTS library.

This book is designed to help the students understand how electronic circuits work. It will provide the students with the basic underpinning knowledge necessary to appreciate the operation of a wide range of electronic circuits and systems, including amplifiers, logic circuits, power supplies and oscillators, etc. Key features:
  • Challenging laboratory and tutorial activities and instant feedback using software Cadence, ADS and Matlab for circuit design
  • Comprehensive interactive learning questions with a fundamental understanding of the circuitry principles.
  • Adequate practical questions and homework exercise assisting students absorb the knowledge instantly.
  • Broad range of fundamental knowledge covering most typical topics in analogue electronics engineering.

Recommended texts

R. J. Smith, Electronics - Circuit and Devices, 3/e.

This is an excellent book on circuit and devices. It is recommended that students purchase it for future learning if the students intend to attend the studios involving Circuit and Devices projects.