ENGEN111-19B (TGA)

Electricity and Electronics

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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Paper Description

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Electricity is the most common and versatile source of energy available for our day to day lives. In order to give a meaningful insight to the basics of electric circuits with an introduction to electronics useful for all engineers, this course covers fundamentals of electrical circuits, linear and non-linear components and simple digital circuits. It assumes a basic familiarity with voltage, current, conductors and insulators.

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Paper Structure

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Students attend one lecture, one discussion class and one laboratory each week. Lectures and discussion classes start in the first week of semester with a significant support by video material presented through Moodle. Laboratories commence in the second week. Some part of the course may be in a flipped format.


There will be one-hour test running as moodle quiz during lecture time in certain weeks. These tests are major assessed components in this paper. The tests have one hour time limit and will be opened only during designated lecture hour. You are responsible to find a suitable computer to complete the test. Missing the test time will result in zero mark for the test component.


Tutorial questions are available online through the Moodle site and are assessed. Have as many attempts as you like for the tutorial questions. You are advised to attempt the tutorial questions as soon as you completed the recorded lecture. Current week tutorial will close on the Saturday of the following week. Please make sure that you attempted and submit these tutorial in timely manner.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Appreciate the value and use of electricity as the most common and versatile energy source

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  • Design, analyse and build linear electrical circuits

    - Appropriate use of voltage sources, current sources and electrical ground.

    - Apply superposition principles and Kirchhoff's laws to solve circuit problems

    - Apply Thevenin’s equivalent circuit in simplifying the analysis of electrical circuits

    - Understand transient and time varying characteristics of circuits with resistors, capacitors and inductors

    - Appreciate working principle of AC circuits and transformers

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  • Understand and build circuits with diodes
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  • Understand and build simple logic circuits
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  • Develop soft skills appropriate to a professional engineer

    - Appropriate use of measurement instruments to diagnose electrical circuits

    - Maintain a professionally acceptable laboratory notebook

    - Ability to carry out and excel at independent learning

    - Good time management that enables timely completion of allocated tasks

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The internal assessment/exam ratio is 100:0. There is no examination in this paper but many small tests.

The next statement stating 50:50 ratio is wrong. Please ignore that.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Final Test
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Laboratory notebooks
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Lab performance
4. Tests
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Online tutorials questions
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Some recorded lectures are mandatory. You will be allowed to attempt tests and enter the laboratory after completing the specified recorded lectures.

This restriction will be enforced to help your to maintain consistent pace of learning and to ensure everyone's safety in the laboratory.

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Recommended Readings

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C. K. Alexander, M. Sadiku, Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, McGraw-Hill : 2017

R. L. Boylestad, Introductory Circuit Analysis, Pearson : 2016 <= you will find tutorial/worksheet solutions in this book

R. Spence, Introductory Circuits, Wiley : 2008

Digital Logic

B. Holdsworth, R. C Woods, Digital Logic Design, Oxford : 2002

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Online Support

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The course is strongly supported through Moodle, and contains significant video content. Online tutorials are provided through Moodle.
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Students are expected to spend a total of 150 hours over 12 weeks on this paper.

The recommended average weekly workload is

  • 4 hours of watching recorded lectures, face-to-face lectures and workshop
  • 1 hour doing tutorial questions
  • 3 hours of laboratory work.
  • 3 hours of background reading (recommended texts) and solve additional practice problems in the recommended texts

The remaining hours will be used for test and the pre-test study

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Prerequisites: 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Physics or PHYS100 or PHYSC100 or B-grade in ENGEN100




Restricted papers: ENEL111

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