Not currently offered

Course handbook


This course provides students with an understanding and appreciation of techniques for analysing and designing simple dc and ac circuits for electronics, power and communications applications. The course approaches these objectives from the perspectives of theory and practical implementation.

Winter Term students


Face to Face On Campus

12 hours per Term


Face to Face On Campus

44 hours per Term


Face to Face On Campus

10 hour per Term


Laboratory Exercises due - Weeks 1,2,3 of term - 10%

Class quizzes due Weeks 2,3 of term - 40%

Final Examination - 17 - 19th July - 50%

EE Laboratory Safety Induction - Formative


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Winter - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Provide students an overview and appreciation of the problems and theoretical tools to be further developed in the Electrical engineering degree.

2. Introduction to the fundamental techniques for analysis and design of dc and ac circuits

3. Provide practical 'hands on' experience through numerous laboratory sessions.

4. Introduce students to computer simulation tools for electrical system analysis.


Notation and units. Circuit topologies. DC circuits: voltage, current, power, resistance, conductance; Ohm's Law; Kirchoff' voltage and current laws; series and parallel configurations; linearity and superposition; Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits; Nodal and mesh analysis (simple cases); maximum power transfer; capacitors; passive and switched RC circuits; inductors; passive and switched RL circuits; AC circuits: amplitude, frequency and phase; voltage, current and power in R, L and C; time domain analysis of ac circuits; review of complex numbers; phasors and phasor notation; complex impedance; Thevenin and Norton equivalents; AC power (real, reactive, complex); rms values; maximum power transfer; Nodal and Mesh analysis.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises *

Quiz: Class quizzes

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: EE Laboratory Safety Induction

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - An average mark in the laboratory component of at least 50% is required to pass the course.