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Unit of study_

ELEC9703: Fundamentals of Elec and Electronic Eng

This unit of study aims to develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts and building blocks of electrical and electronics circuits. This is a foundation unit in circuit theory. Circuit theory is the electrical engineer's fundamental tool. The concepts learnt in this unit will be made use of heavily in many units of study (in later years) in the areas of electronics, instrumentation, electrical machines, power systems, communication systems, and signal processing. Topics: a) Basic electrical and electronic circuit concepts: Circuits, circuit elements, circuit laws, node and mesh analysis, circuit theorems, energy storage, capacitors and inductors, circuits with switches, transient response, sine waves and complex analysis, phasors, impedance, ac power. ; b) Project management, teamwork, ethics; c) Safety issues


Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC9703
Unit name Fundamentals of Elec and Electronic Eng
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ELEC5710 OR ELEC1103
Assumed knowledge

Basic knowledge of differentiation and integration, and HSC Physics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Liwei Li,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
multiple choice exam
55% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO8 LO9
Creative assessments / demonstrations Tutorials
9% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO6 LO8 LO9
Creative assessments / demonstrations group assignment Labs
16% Multiple weeks weekly
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
In-semester test (Open book) Type C in-semester exam Midterm exam
multiple choice exam
20% Week 08
Due date: 29 Apr 2021

Closing date: 29 Apr 2021
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO9 LO8 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
Type C in-semester exam = Type C in-semester exam ?
  • Tutorials (circuit analysis problems): Tutorials will include analytical problem solving sessions on the material covered in the lectures and computer aided solution/illustration. These sessions will give you the opportunity to explore the concepts in detail and are very helpful in understanding the material covered in the lecture. The solutions for the tutorials and computer codes will be available from the unit of study web page after the session.
  • Labs: Laboratories are designed to introduce you to basic circuit concepts and measurements. Students will work in groups of two (and occasionally three) assigned by the unit coordinator. You are encouraged to keep a detailed log book for the purposes of lab work analysis.
  • Mid-term exam: The mid-term exam will be of the same format as the final exam (but of shorter duration). Both the midterm exam and the final exam will be based on the lecture material and tutorials. Both exams will be closed book and closed notes. They will test your conceptual understanding of the material. Any complex formulae needed, will be provided on the question paper.
  • Final exam: A comprehensive exam to assess your skills during the exam period.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction (2 hr)  
Week 02 Circuit elements (4 hr)  
Week 03 Resistive circuits (4 hr)  
Week 04 Techniques of Circuit Analysis (4 hr)  
Week 05 Techniques of Circuit Analysis and Operational Amplifiers (4 hr)  
Week 06 Inductance, Capacitance, and Mutual Inductance (4 hr)  
Week 07 Response of (first order) RL and RC Circuits (4 hr)  
Week 08 Midterm Exam (4 hr)  
Week 09 Response of (second order) RLC Circuits (4 hr)  
Week 10 Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis (4 hr)  
Week 11 Sinusoidal Steady-State Power Calculations (4 hr)  
Week 12 Balanced Three-Phase Circuits (4 hr)  
Week 13 Review (4 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • James Nilsson and Susan Riedel, Electric Circuits (11th). Pearson, 2018. 9781292261041.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. draw on diverse sources of information and synthesise the information to make clear and meaningful conclusions with respect to the lab and tutorial work
  • LO2. clearly explain the workings of the circuits in the lab experiments and lab tests
  • LO3. learn in a team and participate constructively in the lab experiments by drawing on diverse skills and aptitudes of the team members
  • LO4. appreciate the professional and ethical responsibilities of an electrical engineer
  • LO5. evaluate performance of electrical and electronic circuits including the ability to recognise engineering limitations
  • LO6. analyse electrical circuits proficiently
  • LO7. use electronic lab equipment, making electrical measurements and interpretations
  • LO8. analyse and design simple circuits using a clearly defined system based approach to solve a specific problem
  • LO9. demonstrate a basic understanding of physics of inductors, resistors and capacitors

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
One hour per week of discussion session has been introduced that is purely devoted to problems raised by the students.


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