ENGEN111-23B (TGA)

Electricity for Engineers

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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: natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz
: janine.williams@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)


Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)


: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

You can contact staff by:

  • Calling +64 7 838 4466 select option 1, then enter the extension.
  • Extensions starting with 4, 5, 9 or 3 can also be direct dialled:
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What this paper is about

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Good understanding of electrical system operation is of fundamental importance to be an effective engineer in the 21st century. This paper provides the basics to further study into electrification, electronic engineering, automation and robotics, along with renewable energy and the internet, things that are shaping the world of tomorrow. This course covers fundamentals of electrical circuits based on linear components, with a brief introduction to nonlinear components and delivery of electrical power. It assumes a basic familiarity with voltage, current, energy, power, conductors and insulators.
The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/
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How this paper will be taught

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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 component. The recorded lectures are available online through Moodle and is the first stop for learning new topic each week. Lectures and worksheet discussion classes will be running throughout the trimester to provide additional interactions and customized support.
Students attend two lectures, one worksheet discussion class and one laboratory each week. Lectures will start on week 1. Complete the online quiz by the same day you have lecture.
Tutorials and labs 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 discussed in the class. For example, we will cover Ohm's Law in week 2. That means we expect, during week 1, every student to watch all the videos listed under week 2 section of the Moodle and go through the relevant section of the textbook. Attempt the week 2 online quiz during week 1, you can expect your questions answered in the lecture session in week 2.
One hour tutorial every week will go through worked examples to prepare the class for examination.
All lab related works should be completed within the allocated three hour session. Consult Moodle page for detail information regarding labs.
Online Quizzes
Online quizzes are available online through Moodle and are assessed. Have as many attempts as you like. You are advised to attempt the online quizzes as soon as you complete the recorded lecture (and textbook) to find out any gap in understanding. That way you can make the best use of the coming lecture/tutorial slots to fill up the gap in your understanding.
There will be one hour test running on Moodle every fortnight. These tests are a major assessed component in this paper. The tests have one hour time limit. 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.
Please do not assume all assessment due date follow the same pattern. Check individual assessment opening and closing time on Moodle. This is part of the training as engineer to cope with varying weektoweek
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Required Readings

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Some recorded lectures are mandatory. You will be allowed to attempt quizzes & tests only 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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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Design, analyse and build linear electrical circuits (with appropriate use of voltage sources, current sources, and electrical ground); apply Thevenin’s equivalent circuit in the analysis and design of an electrical circuits. (WA1; WK1, WK3)
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  • Apply superposition and Kirchhoff's laws to solve circuit problems; analyse charging/discharging characteristics of R-C and R-L circuits; perform steady-state analysis of single-phase AC circuits; calculate electrical power and energy (WA1; WK1, WK3)
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  • Recall the key properties and uses of transformers and diodes in the electrical circuits (WA1; WK1, WK3)
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  • Use appropriate measurement instruments to diagnose electrical circuits (WA1; WK1, WK3)
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  • Practice good time management and independence appropriate to a professional engineer (independent learning, timely completion of allocated tasks, maintain a professional quality laboratory notebook) (WA11)
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How you will be assessed

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Due dates for individual Tests and Quizzes can be found on the Moodle page.

Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.

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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
Sum of All
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Laboratory
Sum of All
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Quizzes
Sum of All
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Guided Design
24 Sep 2023
No set time
  • 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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