Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the fundamental concepts of electrical circuits. Content includes mesh/loop analysis (with super meshes), nodal analysis (with super nodes), Thevenin, Norton and maximum power transfer and superposition theorem applied to circuits, circuits based on ideal operational amplifiers, simple non-linear circuits employing diodes and transistors. These include basic amplifiers, buffers and switching circuits.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse circuits using node and mesh analysis

2. Apply circuit theorems in practical work

3. Design and analyse circuits containing ideal operational amplifiers

4. Design filters and analyse circuits in the frequency domain

5. Analyse simple non-linear circuits containing discrete components such as diodes and transistors

6. Integrate outcomes 1-4 into material considered elsewhere in the relevant degrees


  1. Motivation for formal circuit analysis techniques. Mesh/loop analysis containing super meshes. Nodal analysis containing super nodes. Network analysis.
  2. Analysis of circuits using KVL, KCL and circuit theorems (superposition, Thevenin, Norton, maximum power transfer)
  3. First order passive filters, second order resonant (RLC) circuits. Energy transfer between passive elements. Q factor. Series and parallel resonances. Applications of resonant circuits. Frequency response.
  4. Commonly used sensors in instrumentation circuits.
  5. Ideal operational amplifier characteristics. Common and useful circuits using operational amplifiers, amplifiers and active filters.
  6. Introduction to diodes, transistors and simple nonlinear circuits employing diodes and transistors including amplifiers, voltage followers, current sources and switching circuits.


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed either ELEC1300 or ELEC1310.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratories

Project: Design Project

Quiz: Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

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