Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Introduction to Electrical Engineering is designed to give students a basic understanding of the scope and methods of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This includes the engineering process, the technologies involved, the approach to problem solving, and the skills and tools used.

This subject aims to increase a student’s chance of success at University by developing essential knowledge and skills in the areas of Electrical and Electronic circuit theory and analysis. Students are required to actively participate during scheduled lectures and tutorials, as well as practical laboratory exercises.

The subject material is organised around two modules:

  • In Module 1 (The Basics) basic electrical concepts such as voltage, current, resistance and power are introduced; simple circuit analysis techniques for DC and AC circuits are studied; and an analysis of the types, properties and functions of components commonly found in a linear DC power supply is used as an application of this basic knowledge. The practical aspects of this module include learning how to use basic equipment such as a multimeter and digital storage oscilloscope (DSO), learning some simple 'tinkering' skills, and building and testing of simple circuits.
  • In Module 2 (Signals in Electrical Engineering) an application called the Filter Challenge is used to provide a context for presentation of material related to time and frequency domain representation of electrical signals including Bode plots and simple first-order RC filters.