ENGEN111-21X (HAM)

Electricity for Engineers

15 Points

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Paper Description

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Electricity is the most common and versatile source of energy available for our daily lives. This paper aims to give a meaningful insight to the operation of electric circuits useful for all engineers. This course covers fundamentals of electrical circuits based on linear components, with a brief introduction to non-linear components, and transmission of electrical power. It assumes a basic familiarity with concepts such as voltage, current, energy, power, conductors and insulators.

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Paper Structure

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The course will emphasize self-directed learning. Students will be expected to monitor their own progress through feedback and take appropriate, corrective actions. Students are also expected to manage their time and plan their workload carefully such that they do not miss any assessment deadlines. The recorded lectures are available online through Moodle, this is the first step for learning new topic each week. Lectures and worksheet discussion classes will be running throughout the trimester to provide additional support.

Students attend two lectures, one worksheet discussion class and one laboratory each week.

  • Lectures and Labs will start on week 1 . Complete online quiz latest by the same day you have lecture.
  • Tutorials commence in the week 2
  • Tests are conducted online through Moodle
  • There will be an examination at the end of the trimester.

The self-paced study occurs one week before the scheduled topic is discussed in class. For example, we will cover Ohm's Law in week 2. That means we expect, during week 1, students will watch all videos listed under week 2 section on Moodle. Attempt the online quiz, during week 1, you can expect your questions answered in the lecture session in week 2.

A weekly one-hour tutorial will be allocated to discuss worked examples to prepare you for examination.

All lab related work should be completed within the allocated three-hour session. Consult the Moodle page for detail information regarding the labs.

Online Quizzes
Online quizzes are available through Moodle and are assessed. You have as many attempts as you like. You are advised to attempt the online quizzes as soon as you complete the recorded lecture to find out the gap in your knowledge. That way you can make the best use of the coming lecture/tutorial slots to fill-up your gaps in understanding.

There will be a one-hour test running on Moodle every fortnight. These tests are a major assessed component in this paper. The tests have a one hour time limit and will be opened only during a designated period. You are responsible to find a suitable computer to complete the test. Missing the test time will result in a zero mark for the test component.

Please do not assume all assessment follow the same pattern. Check individual assessment opening and closing time on Moodle. This is part of your training as engineer to cope with varying timelines.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Qualitatively discuss the advantage of electrical energy. Apply the concept of power and energy
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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

    - Perform time domain analysis of AC circuits

    - Solve for branch voltages and currents in simple circuits involving transformers

    - Identify the key properties of simple diode networks

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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

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Due dates for individual tests and quizzes will be given on the Moodle page. Please check for updates.


Fortnightly. Check on Moodle.


Ceck on Moodle.


Weekly. Check on Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Examination
2. Tests
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Laboratory
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Quizzes
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Guided Design
28 Jan 2022
5:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
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 watching the specified recorded lectures to completion.

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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Recommended texts
R. L. Boylestad, Introductory Circuit Analysis, Pearson : 2016

  • You will find some tutorial/worksheet solutions in this classic electrical circuit textbook

J. Bird, Electrical Circuit Theory and Technology, Routledge : 2017

  • Recommended if you intend to do Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

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

R. Spence, Introductory Circuits, Wiley : 2008

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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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This course lays the foundation of linear system analysis and electrical engineering. You will spend significant time to build up the fundamental skills required to excel in the follow up second or third year papers. You are expected to spend a total of 150 hours over 12 weeks on this paper.

The recommended average weekly workload is

  • 3 hours of laboratory work
  • 4 hours of watching recorded lectures, face-to-face lectures and workshops
  • 1 hour of attempting online quizzes and highlighting issues that require clarification/explanation .
  • 3 hours of 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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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisites: (14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Physics or one of PHYS100 or PHYSC100 or B- grade in ENGEN100) and (14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Calculus or one of MATH165, MATHS165 or a B- in CAFS011 or FOUND011)




Restricted papers: ENEL111

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