Courses & Units

Engineering Circuits KAA112


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 the 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 covers transient and DC/AC circuits, including 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 assesses 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 analyse a circuit containing single phase or three phase AC sources, as well as where transient and DC sources are present. The unit provides the student with the opportunity to become familiar with the safe operation and efficient use of electrical/electronic testing equipment.


Unit name Engineering Circuits
Unit code KAA112
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
College Office - CSE
Discipline National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics|Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Brian Salmon
Teaching staff Mr Mark Symes
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe fundamental electrical and electromagnetic quantities and passive electronic components.
  • Analyse and compute the currents and potential differences in DC circuits with independent and dependent sources using mesh and nodal analysis, and equivalent circuit.
  • Analyse the transient behaviour of RC, RL and RLC circuits using linear ordinary differential equations of first and second order.
  • Analyse and optimise multi-phase multi-frequency steady state AC circuits with complex loads.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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KMA152 or JEE103

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Set of prerecorded lectures cumulatively up to 150 minutes weekly, 1 x 60 minute tutorial weekly, 3 x 180 minute practicals

AssessmentSemester test 1 (15%)|Semester test 2 (15%)|Exam (40%)|Practical laboratories (20%)|Weekly assessed tutorials (10%)
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