Introduction to Electrical Engineering Design

Course code ELEC3850Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This course is orientated around a number of major projects where students work in teams to design and develop a specified product, device or system.

Each project itself involves both management and engineering components. It requires students to utilise knowledge from a range of disciplines including some or all of: Electrical, Electronics, Communications, Computing, Software, Signal Processing, Control and Mechanical systems.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesThe aims of this subject are:
1. To provide a means for students to integrate & extend the knowledge gained through their studies.
2. For students to use library, internet and other resources to research and critically evaluate information about broad Electrical and Computer Engineering topics.
3. To gain experience in preparing and presenting information to other engineers.
4. For students to gain experience in working both individually and in a small engineering team to expand and develop time and resource management skills, and effective team participation.
5. For students to develop the capacity to critically appraise and apply emerging technologies to solve real-world problems.
ContentThis course will be conducted largely as individual and team projects performing, under guidance, the following tasks for the design of a product, device or system.
1) Perform a literature search to determine the appropriate technical, legislative and marketing requirements (where applicable).
2) Perform a detailed technical design of a product, device or system, including specifications, detailed circuit diagrams (if appropriate), software definitions (if appropriate), detailed parts list, method of construction, testing and maintenance schedules.
3) Produce an appropriate report detailing the above design.
4) Give oral presentations of the project design
5) To the extent dictated by the nature of the project, pursue the implementation of the design, or conduct further tests and development as will confirm the adequacy of the design.
6) Produce a detailed final report including: a) The detailed final design and financial report; b) A users manual (where applicable).

The projects will include a significant engineering component involving a range of disciplines including some or all of: Electrical, Electronic, Communications, Computing, Software, signal processing, control, and mechanical systems. Example projects might include: The application and control of robotic devices, the instrumentation and automation of an industrial process, and a multi-user telephone system.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge2nd year of either Electrical, Computer or Telecommunications Engineering.
3rd year, 1st Semester of either Electrical, Computer or Telecommunications Engineering.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsIndividual Assignment - As per course hand out.
ProjectsTeam Project;
Conceptual Design Report
Detailed Design Report
Oral Presentations
Final Design Report/Demonstration
Note: Students must obtain a mark of 50% or greater in the Final Report and Demonstration assessment to pass the course
Participation in the project team
Peer Review
As per course hand out.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ELEC3850