University of Technology Sydney

48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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UTS: Engineering: Electrical and Data Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks


The subject introduces the student to the profession of engineering and develops the following themes which are fundamental to any engineering discipline:

• identifying problems in society, proposing solutions, and implementing them;

• understanding that engineering occurs in a context, has real impact, and has the capacity to shape the world in which we live;

• engineering relies on science, and there is a body of fundamental knowledge which must be developed to gain technical proficiency in the field;

• electrical and electronic engineering underpins much of the modern world.

A real-world problem and its solution (an electronic artefact) will be a central part of the subject, and form a framework around which many technical and non-technical aspects of engineering can be illustrated. In terms of knowledge, basic electrical concepts such as voltage, current, resistance and power are introduced; simple circuit analysis techniques for DC and AC circuits are studied; electric and magnetic fields are used to introduce the capacitor and inductor; and computer-based systems and sensors are shown as applications of this basic knowledge.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical, hands-on aspects of electronics. Laboratory work will include circuit construction, testing and troubleshooting, as well as the use of test instruments such as multimeters and oscilloscopes.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Apply an engineering approach to solve a real-world problem
2. Recognise fundamental principles of electronic systems and be able solve simple sub-system design problems.
3. Apply circuit theory to the analysis and design of basic DC and AC electrical circuits.
4. Recognise and correctly apply electric and magnetic field theory to simple applications.
5. Design, construct, test and troubleshoot basic circuits using basic laboratory test equipment.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems. (D.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves, their teams, and the broader community and society. (F.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Students are required to undertake independent learning before attending timetabled activities.

Independent Learning


Students are required to study UTSOnline material. This includes:

reading the Topic Notes and undertaking the associated problems
watching videos that develop key ideas slowly with illustrated examples that emphasise the practical applications of the theory
engaging with other Open Educational Resources via hyperlinks


Students are required to read the specified sections of the textbook and undertake the associated problems.


WebTutor is custom-written software that presents students with exercises based on the subject topics. The exercises are unique, as they are randomly generated by WebTutor each time an exercise is viewed. Students are able to practice questions on a topic as many times as they like. This allows students to focus on a particular topic, to pace their learning, and to obtain immediate feedback on their efforts. Online help is available for most exercises from within WebTutor.

Open Lab

The laboratory is made available to students for out-of-class learning. Students, in groups of two, are encouraged to fully complete the laboratories before the timetabled assessment. This allows students to:

practise using the laboratory equipment to achieve a basic level of proficiency
gain skill in circuit construction, testing, and troubleshooting
learn at their own pace so they understand the content and procedures before being assessed

Timetabled Activities

Lecture (whole-of-class activity)

There is one 1 hour lecture (whole-of-class activity) every week. These are mixed in their style and focus – some require students to undertake tasks in groups and report to the class as a whole, some are interactive and require students to individually answer questions or provide comments, and some are in a “standard” lecture format which allows for immediate questions and answers.


There is one 2 hour tutorial every week, broken into two consecutive 1 hour parts. The first part sees students working at tables in groups of up to 8 students on certain design or analysis aspects of an engineering design. This puts the content of the subject into an immediate context. The second part sees students working individually on set problems relating to technical content, and using the group for peer learning. Tutors do not present solutions to problems but act to facilitate collaborative discussions amongst the group (or whole class) where needed. Answers to the tutorial problems are only available after the tutorials have been conducted - this allows students to form their own solutions independently of a "model answer", and encourages students to check with the tutor whether their approach to the solution was correct, or could be improved upon.


There is one 2 hour laboratory every week. The subject places a particular emphasis on the practical, hands-on aspects of electronics. Students are required to purchase an electronics kit and work in groups of two. Each lab involves the construction and testing of several circuits that are used in real applications. Some of the circuits involve elements of design. The aim is for students to become proficient in moving from theory to practice. The recording, graphing and interpretation of practical results, and how they compare with theory, is also practised. During the lab, students can seek assistance from a lab tutor in relation to the experimental procedure, the expected results, and the use of the equipment. At the end of each lab session, a lab tutor will assess the previous week’s lab work and provide immediate feedback. Practical competence will be assessed during two Laboratory Tests.

Content (topics)

Content can be broadly categorised into the following:

  • The engineering process, creating new products and systems, functional specifications and block diagrams.
  • Basic circuits, circuit laws, circuit analysis techniques.
  • Diodes and their applications.
  • Electrostatic field theory and capacitance.
  • Magnetic field theory and inductance.
  • Computer-based systems, microcontrollers, digital logic circuits, sensors, interfacing.
  • AC circuit theory, phasors, impedance, AC power.


Assessment task 1: Laboratory Assessments


To help students acquire basic hands-on electrical laboratory skills, competence to work with electrical measurement equipment and to understand the underlying concepts taught in classes.


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

1, 2, 3 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1, D.1 and F.1

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 20%

Each lab is 3 hours in duration.

Assessment task 2: Laboratory Tests


To ensure electrical laboratory skills are acquired, and to ensure competence in the use of electrical test and measurement equipment.


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

1, 2, 3 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1, D.1 and F.1

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%

Each lab test is 90 minutes in duration.

Assessment task 3: WebTutor Exercises


To spread the learning load evenly throughout the session, to ensure understanding of basic mathematical and circuit analysis concepts, and to provide immediate feedback.


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

2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and F.1

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%

This Centrally Conducted Formal Final Examination (2 hrs) will be scheduled by the University during the formal examination period.

Assessment task 4: Examination


The final exam aims to test students' understanding on the use of concepts learned throughout the session.


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

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and D.1

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

2 hours plus 10 minutes reading time

Minimum requirements

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

Required texts

Essential topic notes are available on UTSOnline.


McLean, P., 48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering Topic Notes, UTS, 2019

Hambley, A. R., Electrical Engineering: Principles & Applications, Global Edition eBook (7e). It is available from the following link in Digital and/or Print.

Other resources


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