Engineering Institute of Technology


Unit Name


Unit Code



Unit Duration



Bachelor of Science (Engineering)


Duration 3 years

Year Level


Unit Creator/Reviewer






Credit Points



Total Program Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or on-campus.

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours

Personal Study recommended - 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

The objective in presenting this unit is to impart to students the fundamentals of electronic technology, in order to deepen their knowledge of the electronic devices that are part of the different technologies that surround us.


The subject matter covered in this unit will include, but is not limited to: semiconductors; unipolar/bipolar transistors; operational amplifiers; and, solid state devices.


The practical work component of this unit will further develop students’ design, testing, and troubleshooting skills using various test equipment.


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Recognize and interpret the basic structure of solids, types of semiconductors, and other electronic components and devices which are used for different electronic functions.

  2. Apply the diode current equation, and explain the characteristics of some common applications.

  3. Use FET and BJT as amplifiers and switches.

  4. Prepare different OPAMP Circuits such as Inverting Amp, Non-Inverting Amp, Comparator Adder / Subtractor, I/V, V/I Convertors, A/D, and D/A Convertors.

  5. Analyze and describe pulse circuit operations and their associated wave forms.

  6. Apply relays, timing circuits, solid state trigger, and thyristor control devices in industrial electronics applications.

  7. Use PSIM software (or equivalent) to draw simple diode, transistor and OPAMP circuits

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

      1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

      2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

      3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

      5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

      6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

      7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

      8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

    2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

      1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

      2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

      3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

      4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

      5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

    3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

      1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

      2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

      3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

      4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.


Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency


Knowledge and Skill Base


Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.


Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.


In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.


Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.


Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.


Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.


Engineering Application Ability


Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.


Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.


Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.


Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.


Professional and Personal Attributes


Ethical conduct and professional accountability.


Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.


Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.


Professional use and management of information.


Orderly management of self and professional conduct.


Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:


Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines


1.1, 1.3


4, 5, 6

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology




1, 2

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain



A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain




B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems


1.4, 2.1, 2.3


B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice


2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2


C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience




4, 6

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures



D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3


D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain





E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability


1.6, 3.1, 3.4


E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work


3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6


Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.




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Student assessment



Assessment Type

When assessed



(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed


Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions

Example Topic: Semiconductors, electric potential, resistivity, Ohm’s law in conjunction with the structure and properties of solids.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts


Week 3






Assessment 2

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Diodes and Transistors.

Students may provide solutions to simple problems on various topics


Week 7




2, 3


Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project

Example Topic: Applications of OPAMP circuits, pulse circuit operations, and their wave forms, draw circuits using software.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or use software to complete a practical.


Week 10




4, 5, 7


Assessment 4

Type: Examination Example Topic: All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours


Final Week




1 to 6


Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.






1 to 7

Prescribed and recommended readings


Suggested Textbook

  • Electronic Devices and Circuits,11th Robert L. Boylestad.


    Reference Materials

  • Mehta, VK 2005, Principles of Electronics, 7th edn, S Chand & Co Ltd, ISBN-13: 978- 8121924504

  • Shanefield, DJ 2001. Industrial Electronics for Engineers, Chemists, and Technicians

    - With Optional Lab Experiments. William Andrew Publishing/Noyes. Online version available at: electronics

  • Rashid, MH 2011. Power Electronics Handbook - Devices, Circuits, and Applications. 3rd edn. Elsevier. Online version available at: handbook/power-electronics-handbook

  • Peer reviewed Journals

  • Knovel library:

  • IDC Technologies publications

  • Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures


Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.


Topic 1

Introduction to Electronics


  1. Electric charges, forces and fields

  2. Coulomb’s Law

  3. Electricity – electric field, potential, potential difference, and current

  4. Resistivity and conductivity

  5. Circuit elements – loads, sources, grounds

  6. Ohm’s law, resistance in series and parallel

  7. Open and short circuits

  8. Magnets, poles and dipoles

  9. Magnetic forces

  10. Faraday’s Law

  11. AC and DC power


Topic 2

Structure of solids


  1. Electric circuits review

  2. Kirchoff’s Voltage/Current Laws

  3. Solid-state switching vs electromechanical relays

  4. Structure of matter

  5. Semiconductor materials

Topic 3

PN Junction Diodes


  1. PN junction

  2. Diode characteristics

  3. Resistance levels

  4. Types and applications of diodes


Topic 4

Bipolar Junction Transistors


  1. Construction of BJT transistors

  2. Configuration

  3. Transistor ratings


Topic 5

Field Effect Transistors


  1. FET principle

  2. FET Biasing

  3. FET impedance determination


Topic 6

Transistors as Amplifiers and Switches


  1. BJT load line analysis

  2. BJT and FET as amplifiers

  3. BJT and FET as switches


Topic 7

Operational Amplifiers


  1. Operational amplifiers basics

  2. Operational amplifiers connections

  3. Operational amplifiers applications


Topic 8

Waveform Analysis


  1. Analog vs Digital

  2. Waveform basics

  3. Differentiators and Integrators

  4. Signal conditioning circuits

Topic 9

Pulse Generating Circuits


  1. Basics of oscillators

  2. Phase-shift oscillators

  3. Wien-Bridge oscillator


Topic 10

Introduction to Logic Circuits


  1. Introduction to binary

  2. Logic gates

  3. Truth tables

  4. Introduction to flip-flops

  5. Introduction to multiplexers


Topic 11

Timing, Relay, and Digital Circuits


  1. RC charging circuits

  2. Unijunction Transistors (UJT)

  3. UJT-based relaxation oscillators

  4. 555 Timer IC


Topic 12

Thyristor (PNPN) Control Devices


  1. Introduction to latching

  2. Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers (Thyristors)

  3. Other PNPN devices

  4. Phase-control applications

  5. Solid-State Relays

  6. Exam revision