Courses & Units

Engineering Circuit Theory ENG104



The unit presents a fundamental introduction to electrical circuits, and is the first unit to cover this material for all engineers. It covers basic concepts used in the study of electricity and circuits, including the fundamental laws of electrical phenomena, and methods for analysis of circuits based on the underlying physics and mathematical models. The circuit theorems are studied and applied to solve circuits containing resistors, capacitors and inductors. The unit also includes both transient and AC circuits, AC power analysis, three phase circuits, frequency response and phasors. This unit is considered to be essential for all engineering students, and forms the basis for many second, third and fourth year units. The unit assess students through formal examination and the completion of a report on the practical work performed during the semester. After completing the unit, the student will be able to analyze a circuit of single phase or multiphase AC sources, or with transient or DC sources. The student will understand the behavior of electrical circuits, and be prepared for units in Years 2/3/4 that build on this unit.


Unit name Engineering Circuit Theory
Unit code ENG104
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Prof JC Olivier

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse and predict the behaviour of DC circuits.

2. Analyse single and three phase AC circuits under steady state conditions.

3. Solve problems by applying fundamental electrical quantities, fundamental circuit analysis methods and methods of linear circuit analysis.

4. Analyse the transient behaviour of RC, RL and RLC circuits.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 031301

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • XPD144
  • KNE122


Teaching Pattern



4 major assessment tasks:  2 in-semester tests (20% each), practical report (10%) and end of semester exam (50%)

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