ENGEN111-23X (HAM)

Electricity for Engineers

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


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

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What this paper is about

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A good understanding of electrical systems is of fundamental importance to be an effective engineer in the 21st century. This paper provides the basics to understand electrification, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and the internet: things that are shaping the world of tomorrow. This course covers the fundamentals of electrical circuits based on linear components, with a brief introduction to non-linear components, and electrical power transmission. 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 WA1-WA11. 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 supports.

Students attend two lectures, one tutorial, and one laboratory each week.

  • Lectures and Labs will start on week 1. Complete the online quiz before coming for the lecture.
  • Tutorials start on week 2.
  • Tests are conducted online through Moodle.
  • There will be a final examination at the end of the trimester.

Self-paced study occurs one week before the topic is discussed in class. For example, we will cover Ohm's Law in week 2. That means, during week 1, all students must watch the videos listed under week 2's section of Moodle and go through the relevant section of the textbook. Attempt the week 2 online quiz during week 1. The quiz questions will be answered in the week 2 lecture. Pay attention to the weekly quiz deadlines.

A weekly one-hour tutorial session will cover the worksheets.

All lab experiments should be completed within the allocated three-hour session. Consult the Moodle page for detailed information regarding labs. Pre-lab work must be completed before lab begins.

Online Quizzes
A weekly online quiz is available through Moodle. They are assessed. Have as many attempts as you like. You are advised to attempt the weekly quiz soon after the lecture to find out any gaps in your understanding. That way, you can make the best use of the upcoming lectures/tutorials to ask questions.

There will be a one-hour test running on Moodle every fortnight. These tests are a major assessed component. The tests have a one-hour time limit. You are responsible for finding a suitable computer to complete the test. Missing the test time will result in a zero mark for the test component.

Please double-check individual assessment opening and closing times on Moodle. Staying on top of timelines and managing your tasks is part of your training as a good engineer.

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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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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
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Laboratory
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Quizzes
  • 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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