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The University of Queensland Electrically Based Engineering Student Society 2018 SUBJECT GUIDE THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND St. Lucia Contents About this guide ...................................................................................................................... 2 About EBESS .............................................................................................................................. 3 2018 EBESS Executive............................................................................................................... 4 The EBESS Committee ............................................................................................................. 5 2018 Events Calendar ............................................................................................................. 6 Membership ............................................................................................................................. 7 Part I: Compulsory Courses Overview................................................................................... 8 2nd Year Compulsory Courses ............................................................................................ 8 3rd Year Compulsory Courses ............................................................................................. 8 4th Year Compulsory Courses .............................................................................................. 9 Part II: Course Reviews .......................................................................................................... 10 2nd Year Compulsory Courses .......................................................................................... 10 3nd Year Compulsory Courses .......................................................................................... 20 4th Year Compulsory Courses ........................................................................................... 26 Part III: Advanced and Coverage Electives ...................................................................... 31 Advanced Electives (AE) .................................................................................................. 32 Coverage Electives (CE) ................................................................................................... 32 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 1 About this guide The 2018 EBESS subject guide has been created to help all EBESS members make informed decisions about their subject choices. It is a comprehensive guide to the core courses that electrical engineering students are required to take in their undergraduate degree. As the Electrically Based Engineering Student Society, EBESS caters to not just Electrical engineering students, but to all student engineers studying in similar fields; this includes Electrical & Biomedical, Electrical & Computer, Software and Mechatronic majors, as well as our friends doing similar degrees such as computer science and I.T. This guide is divided into three main sections: Part I: Compulsory Courses Overview contains a condensed outline of the compulsory courses that must be completed by students completing the BE in Electrical Engineering as a single major. Part II: Course Reviews contains detailed reviews of all compulsory courses required for students completing the BE (Hons) in Electrical Engineering as a single major. Due to the sheer number of different courses offered in the other electrical-related majors, this guide focuses solely on the courses for the Electrical Single Major – our most popular program. The subjects listed in this category have been assigned an overall rating (out of a maximum of 5) that reflects the overall enjoyment, difficulty and organisation of the course. These ratings have been gathered in consultation with past students, and only reflect personal experiences of the courses – your mileage may vary! Also included in this section is key course information, assessment pieces and reviews collated from past students and 2018 course profiles. Again, these reviews are based on the personal experiences of previous students so don’t be shocked if you find a less-than-favourable review of your favourite subject! Part III: Electives Contains a full list of Advanced Electives (AE) and Coverage Electives (CE) available to Electrical majors, as well as guidelines to which ones you can choose depending on your program. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 2 About EBESS The Electrically Based Engineering Student Society (EBESS) is the premier student club in Queensland for students studying electrical engineering and all its related majors. The club specifically caters to students who study Electrical, Software, Electrical & Biomedical, Electrical & Computer and Mechatronic engineering – although anyone is welcome to join! EBESS was founded back in 2011 amidst a renewal of the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS). EBESS and the other affiliated engineering clubs are all subsidiary clubs of EUS, which is an umbrella club that caters to all engineering students. A young, dynamic and rapidly growing club, EBESS’s membership grew to a record 1050 students in 2017, a steady 10% increase over the previous year. In 2016 EBESS was crowned Engineering Club of the Year by UQ Union, reflecting the outstanding events, services and merchandise that EBESS offers to our members. In 2017 we were awarded Ball of the Year at the annual Clubbie Awards, and we hope to improve on our achievements in 2018! EBESS prides itself on providing high-quality social, technical and industry-specific events throughout the year to ensure that your university experience is as fun and educational as possible. If you’d like to make new friends, learn new skills and find new work opportunities in 2018, then don’t hesitate to join EBESS! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 3 2018 EBESS Executive President firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Bloom Vice President/Sponsorship email@example.com Aaron Barker-Smith Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan Garnier Treasurer email@example.com Matt Scriven Careers Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Martin Le Rossignol 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 4 Social Officer email@example.com Rizal Rinjani Media Officer firstname.lastname@example.org Harry Stokes IT & Technical Officer email@example.com Luca Robertson The EBESS Committee For those looking to get involved in the running of EBESS, an easy way to do so is to join the EBESS Committee. The Committee is a group of EBESS members who voluntarily assist the Executive in a number of ways, including helping to run fundraising BBQs, liaising with staff and industry contacts, and developing new ideas for EBESS to offer. As a Committee member, you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with, whilst gaining valuable insight into how an engineering student society like EBESS operates and what the roles of the Executive involve. It provides a great way to enrich your social life and gain valuable organisational skills, as well as a pathway to potential Executive roles in the future (although it’s definitely not a prerequisite!). It shows potential employers that you have the initiative and confidence to get involved in campus life, and most importantly, it enriches your university experience far beyond the confines of the classroom. If you’re keen to get involved, email our friendly execs at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 5 2018 Events Calendar While professional development is key in any engineering degree, taking time out to unwind outside of the lecture theatre or lab is equally as important. In 2017, EBESS kickstarted Semester 1 with a BBQ for new members and a super fun launch party. The subsequent weeks saw useful tutorials and seminars to get you up to speed. In Semester 2 our trivia night and 6-a-side soccer tournament kept the fun going, whilst our industry events provided valuable networking opportunities. The year was finished by our Moulin Rouge Ball, whilst SWOTVAC exam tutoring held in both semesters helped our members achieve the results they wanted. Check out our 2018 events calendar below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Snapchat to keep up to date with all things EBESS. 2018 is going to be an exciting year, and the EBESS executive team aim to provide you with #thEBESSt experience! Semester 1 Semester 2 . Launch Party Students have a chance to enjoy the company of their peers before the grind of University semester begins. Week 1 Week 2 Launch Party Another great event with your peers to kick start the semester LaTeX Tutorial Week 4 Dr. Joel Fenwick delivers his popular tutorial on the powerful and widely used typesetting program. Pub Crawl A themed event which requires the most daring of contenders, or the average joe and his mates. Dodgeball Week 5 Pick your teams, pack into the Connell Gymnasium and get ready to dodge, dip, duck, dive and…dodge! Week 6 Trivia Night Many laughs are had and many friends are made at the annual trivia night. Careers & Beers Evening Students meet, socialize and network with multiple industry representatives in a relaxed atmosphere. End of Sem Party Unwind before you have to lock yourself away and study for exams. SWOTVAC Tutoring Students can seek help from tutors for their final exams. Annual Ball Week 8 Week 10 Week 13 Week 14 End of Sem High Frequency Networking A fun and fast-paced networking evening with industry representatives Super 6’s Soccer Tournament Our annual social soccer tournament sees teams from all across EBESS vie for the glory of lifting a small plastic trophy SWOTVAC Tutoring Students can seek help from tutors for their final exams. Hosted last year as the Moulin Rouge ball, this is the highlight of the EBESS social calendar. Mid Dec Graduation Dinner The graduating cohort, their family and friends gather for a formal evening in the week prior to graduation ceremonies. + many more! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 6 Membership By joining EBESS in 2018, you’ll gain access to all our events, tutoring, and in an engineering club first, access to our very own project kit! This electronics project kit is aimed towards all members who want an opportunity to hone their soldering, circuit theory and signal processing skills. EBESS members are able to purchase a development kit with a PCB and components, then build and test their circuit with guidance from the EBESS team. For more information, just email one of our friendly execs (or talk to them in person!). See us at Market Day to sign up and secure your membership. Should you miss us on Market Day, you’ll be able to sign-up online at www.uqeus.com.au, or send us an email at email@example.com 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 7 Part I: Compulsory Courses Overview A quick summary of ALL the compulsory courses required to be completed in years 2, 3 and 4. This plan is for 2 nd year students commencing the BE (Hons) Electrical single major in 2017. NOTE: If you’re enrolled (or planning to enrol) in one of the other majors, you will only take some of the courses below – make sure to consult your relevant course list by going to uq.edu.au/study and following the links. 2nd Year Compulsory Courses Semester 1 Semester 2 CSSE2310 PHYS1002 Electromagnetism & Modern Physics Computer Systems Principles & Programming CSSE2010 ELEC2004 Intro to Computer Systems Circuits, Signals & Systems ELEC2003 ENGG2800 Electromechanics & Electronics Team Project 1 MATH2010/STAT2202 MATH2001 Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations / Probability Models for Engineering & Science Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra II 3rd Year Compulsory Courses Semester 1 Semester 2 CSSE3010 ELEC3100 Embedded Systems Design & Interfacing Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields & Waves ELEC3004 ELEC3300 Signals, Systems & Control Electrical Energy Conversion & Utilisation ELEC3400 ENGG3800 Electronic Circuits Team Project II Advanced/Coverage Elective Advanced/Coverage Elective 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 8 4th Year Compulsory Courses Semester 1 Semester 2 ENGG4801/2/5 ENGG4801/2/5 Thesis Project Thesis Project ENGG4900 Advanced/Coverage Elective Professional Practice and the Business Environment Advanced/Coverage Elective Advanced/Coverage Elective Advanced/Coverage Elective Advanced/Coverage Elective 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 9 Part II: Course Reviews 2nd Year Compulsory Courses Start your second year in electrical engineering with PHYS1002 which takes you on a journey of relative proportions. This then discretely leads into STAT2202 to finish off another year of electrical engineering! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 10 PHYS1002 – Electromagnetism and Modern Physics Course rating: Difficulty: 4/5 Enjoyableness: 3.6/5 Pre-requisites: MATH1050; PHYS1171 or Year 12 Physics Course Description: PHYS1002 provides an introduction to 20th and 21st century physics. The first two thirds of the course introduce you to electricity, then magnetism, and then the unification of the two phenomena as electromagnetism. The final third introduces general relativity and quantum theory. Assessment Type 1. End of Semester Exam 2. Reading Quiz 3. Weight Description 50% A two hour written exam during exam block. 5% Pre-lecture quiz due the evening before each lecture. Lab report and experimental proposals 15% Two written proposals and two full lab reports based on completed experiments. 4. Assignments 15% Three Assignments based on past exams. 5. Mastering Physics quizzes 15% Tests the familiarity with the weekly readings through online quizzes. 6. Lab Participation Hurdle Attendance and participation in labs. Overall Review: The content for this course forms the fundamental basis for the rest of electrical engineering, and it is delivered in an extremely fast-paced, yet engaging manner. The amount of time and effort required for this course is higher than most, and it forces you to keep up with your textbook readings. The weekly online quizzes will require you to understand the content thoroughly and you will need to pass them all to pass the course. The assignments are conceptually complex, but are not especially difficult mathematically; both they and the lab reports require you to conform to certain physics-specific standards of communication, so ask your tutor(s) plenty of questions to maximise your marks. All in all, this course has a lot of interesting content, but is tempered by a high workload and stringent communication standards. EBESS Tips: • Make sure you keep on top of weekly readings; Try to conceptually understand the content since the reasoning behind how things happen is what tutors/lecturers look for when marking your work. • Record every piece of data you can get during lab sessions. They are designed to make you explain the physics behind the experiment. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 11 CSSE2010 - Introduction to Computer Systems Course rating: Difficulty: 3.25/5 Enjoyableness: 4.5/5 Prerequisites: There are no official pre-requisites required for this course Course Description: CSSE2010 provides a ground-up introduction to how modern computers work. The course starts with binary logic and logic gates, before progressing to computer memory, systems organisation and architecture, interfaces/communication, and finally microcontroller programming in C. Assessment Type Weight 1. Mid-Semester Exam 2. Online Quizzes 3. Practical Exam 4. Project 5. End of Semester Exam 10% or 20% Description A mid-semester exam (open book multiple choice) held at the end of weeks six, eight or nine. 10% Pass/Fail 11 Weekly online quizzes due at 8am Monday. An exam covering material and ideas from practical activities in weeks 1 to 4. Held in week 5. 20% A project undertaken by students where they develop a program for the AVR microcontroller. 60% or 50% A two hour open book final examination held in exam block. Overall Review: CSSE2010 is an extremely well-organised course which offers you a challenging yet rewarding introduction to the fundamentals of programming and computer science. By starting at binary logic and steadily building your knowledge, the course provides you with a deep understanding of how computers are constructed and how software interacts with hardware. The final project puts all of this theory into practice as you are asked to add software features to a game which runs on a small microcontroller. The course introduces a large amount of challenging new content, but the multiple small pieces of assessment allow you to keep up fairly easily if you put in the work. Overall, CSSE2010 is an excellent course, and will likely be one of the most enjoyable ones you take in your undergraduate degree. EBESS Tips: • Do the online quizzes each week to keep up with the content • Use the prac classes wisely to practice your circuit-building and programming • Start the final project ASAP, try to do a little bit every day, and ask for help! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 12 ELEC2003 - Electromechanics and Electronics Course rating: Difficulty: 3/5 Enjoyableness: 3.25/5 Prerequisites: ENGG1300 Course Description: ELEC2003 introduces AC circuit theories including real and reactive power concepts, electromagnetic fields and their applications in electrical machines. It includes basic principles of a solar PV system, physical models of semiconductor devices, and common electronic circuits using discrete semiconductor devices. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Practical Lab Work 20% Pracs are marked using attendance, participation and performance in labs. A lab workbook maintained by students may be used for marking by tutors. 2. Tutorial Exercise 15% The best five out of six overall tutorials are used for this assessment piece. 3. Mid semester Exam 10% Ac circuit analysis will be testing on the exam in a problem-solving format. 4. End of Semester Exam 55% A final end of semester exam will test all material covered in the course. Overall Review: This course is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on honing your skills in circuit analysis and is essentially an extension of ENGG1300. The second part focuses on discrete semiconductor components like transistors and diodes. Both are equally interesting and conceptually easy to understand, since the lecturers and tutors go over many detailed examples. The practical sessions are designed to put into practice what you cover in lectures during the semester. Everything comes together near the end of the course when you understand WHY you were soldering a transistor on the given PCBs and understand HOW it all fits in with the theory. The most interesting part of the course is definitely the photo-voltaic practical session. The downsides to this course is that the lectures are set in a two-hour stream – so be prepared to listen to your lecturer from start to finish… or re-watch the lecture online! EBESS Tips: • Make sure you attend your tutorial sessions! Honing your skills in circuit analysis is key for this course and the tutors are always there to help. • Professor Tapan Saha runs the first part of this course and is notorious for his trick questions in his section of the exam. Always double check the question! • The textbook for this course is very helpful and is also found online. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 13 MATH2001 – Advanced Calculus and linear Algebra Course rating: Difficulty: 3.5/5 Enjoyableness: 2.6/5 Prerequisites: MATH1051 and MATH1052. Course Description: MATH2001 begins with calculus concepts including second order differential equations, variation of parameters, multi-dimensional calculus, surface & volume integrals and Stoke's & Green's theorems. The second part focuses on linear algebra, including diagonalization, matrix transformations and quadratic forms. Contact classes introduce vector spaces and inner products, maxima and minima points in N-dimensions, and method of least squares for functions. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Assignments 30% A total of six assignments worth 5% each that are released as the course progresses. 2. End of Semester Exam 70% A final examination at the end of the semester which spans the entire course content. Overall Review: The difficulty of MATH2001 is akin to the difficulty of previous mathematics courses like MATH1051/1052, upon which it continues to build. Like these previous courses, MATH2001 devotes the first half to calculus concepts and the second to linear algebra; it also has a weekly contact class in which the more difficult and abstract content is taught – this content is the difference between MATH2000 and MATH2001. Like most maths courses, the course workbook is simply worked through in lectures, making progress easy to follow. Assignments marking is handled well and marks are posted on blackboard for students to access. The downside of this course is that the contact class content is delivered without slides, which forces students to quickly copy down the proofs covered in the allotted time. That said, this course is like most maths courses at UQ: well-structured, straightforward, conceptually challenging but easy to do well in if you put in consistent effort. EBESS Tips: • • final exams have varied in difficulty in the past few years so you’ll have a wide selection of past papers to use in your study for the course. Even though each assignment is only worth 5% each, make sure you get the most marks from all of them – you’ll need to bank marks before the heavilyweighted final exam. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 14 CSSE2310 – Computer Systems Principals and Programming Course rating: Difficulty: 5/5 Enjoyableness: 2/5 Prerequisites: CSSE1001 + CSSE2010 Course Description: CSSE2310 is an introduction to UNIX, the principles of computer systems (networks and operating systems) and systems programming in C. It covers operating systems principles, memory management, basics of machine organization, file systems, processes & threads and interprocess communication. The course also covers computer networks principles, including topologies & models of computer networks, protocols, network programming, and network applications. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Assignment one 25% of total assignment mark Requires the completion of one or more C programming exercises. 2. Assignment two 25% of total assignment mark A debugging assignment that focusses on reverse engineering a solution. 3. Mid-Semester exam 15% or 30% of total exam mark An open book mid semester exam held during lecture times. 4. Assignment three 25% of total assignment mark Requires development of an application which interacts with a UNIX file system using processes and threads. 5. Assignment four 25% of total assignment mark Requires writing of a network application. 6. End of Semester Exam 85% or 70% of exam mark An open book final exam. Overall Review: This course is designed to help boost your knowledge in the principals of modern computer systems. The lecture material isn’t hard to understand and the lecturer, Joel Fenwick, tries to make sure that all students are on the same page. This course has a well-deserved reputation for being difficult, which is almost entirely due to the programming assignments. They force you to code efficiently and this is where the real learning happens. Thankfully, the exams are a lot easier than assignments since they are predictable. CSSE2310 is somewhat of a trial by fire: the assignments are very challenging, but you will learn a lot and come out the other side with your coding skills significantly enhanced. EBESS Tips: • Attend all lectures since they are not recorded. • Doing well in the first two assignments helps you overall near the end when assignment get considerably harder. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 15 ELEC2004 – Circuits, Signals and Systems Course rating: Difficulty: 3/5 Enjoyableness: 3.4/5 Prerequisites: ELEC1300 Course Description: Mathematical models of electrical components, circuits & systems. Time & frequency response of AC circuits. Building complex systems from subsystems, including feedback. Signal theory & filter design. Theoretical investigations, substantial case studies & laboratory experiments. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Homework Assignments 10% Problem sets which are given out 4 times during the semester, based on lectures and tutorials. 2. Mid-Semester practical exam 10% A 45 minute exam requiring students to reproduce and explain a key result from previous practical session. 3. Mid-Semester theory exam 20% A closed book theory examination. 4. Design Challenge Report 20% A 15-page report on the solution to the design challenge. Done in conjunction with a practical partner. 5. End of Semester Exam 40% A closed book final examination. Overall Review: This course is divided into two main parts. The first half, circuits, concentrates on what is essentially revision from previous courses (ENGG1300 and ELEC2003) and is assessed in the mid-semester exam. The second part of the course (signals and systems) is new content which provides practical applications for the Laplace transform and Fourier series covered in courses such as MATH2010. The design challenge requires you to work in pairs and runs over the course of three short practical sessions, which is a significant test of your time management skills. The exams are not overly difficult and the format is consistent from year to year. Overall, the course requires plenty of work to become good at solving circuit problems, but is not too hard conceptually. EBESS Tips: • Be sure to participate in your weekly tutes! Worked examples help a lot in this course since they reinforce the theory. • During the design challenge, utilise practical time with tutors wisely, since this is limited. Time management is key. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 16 ENGG2800 – Team Project I Course rating: Difficulty: 5/5 Enjoyableness: 3/5 Prerequisites: CSSE2010 + ENGG1300 + CSSE1001 Course Description: Small teams of 4 or fewer students undertake design, implementation, testing, evaluation & presentation of specific project. Assessment Type Weight 1. Peer Assessment Incorporated in product mark A peer assessment factor that is used to calculate individual marks similar to ENGG1100. 2. Schematic and PCB 7.5% Pass/Fail Completion of a working circuit element from a supplied design specification. 3. Report 5% Pass/Fail A detailed document that includes design specifications/project timelines/ job allocations etc. 4. Completion of WHS requirements Pass/Fail 5. Seminar I 6. Product Demo 7. Final Report & Reflection Description Required to enter laboratory. 15% A similar 10 minute presentation 65% Pass/Fail Teams are required to demonstrate the product based on specifications. This will happen 3 times during the semester. 7.5% A brief restatement of the roles of members and an individual summary of the background, methods and results of work. Overall review: This is a very demanding course by itself and is made more difficult when coupled with CSSE2310. It is structured so that your team is required to deliver multiple seminars and asks you to build a complex device with a randomly allocated team of 3-4 students. If you put in the effort, this will be an extremely rewarding course, and the knowledge that it gives you can and will be invaluable. The major downside to this course is that the quality of you group can largely determines your experience (and final grade). EBESS Tips: • Tutors are especially helpful but do not solely rely on their help. • Adhering to the budget is also equally important since going a single dollar over can cap your mark to a 4. • Time management is KEY for this course. Learn to do this effectively early on. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 17 MATH2010 – Analysis of advanced Ordinary Differential Equations Course rating: Difficulty: 2/5 Enjoyableness: 2.4/5 Prerequisites: MATH1052 Course Description: ODE's and Laplace Transforms. Variation of constants, fundamental matrix. Laplace transform, transform for systems, transfer function. Stability, asymptotic stability; phase plane analysis. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Assignments 30% Two assignments worth 15% each 2. Final Exam 70% A written exam held during the final exam period. Overall Review: The course content of MATH2010 is relatively trivial to understand when compared to other math courses such as MATH2000. ODE’s once again are prevalent in this course and having a sound knowledge of MATH2000 definitely helps. The concept of Laplace transforms will be introduced here, which form the foundation of upcoming electrical engineering courses such as ELEC2004 and ELEC3004. The upside of this course is that it runs for only the first half of the semester; the downside is that the final exam is at the end of the semester, meaning you’ll tend to neglect studying – especially if you are taking ENGG2800 and CSSE2310 concurrently. Neglecting this course because it is only a 1-unit course is definitely NOT a good idea – that said, the familiarity of the concepts and relatively light workload will make it one of the easier courses you’ll take. EBESS Tips: • Put in plenty of effort into the assignments to bank maximum marks • Make sure you revise regularly during the second half of the semester in preparation for the final • If you plan on taking this alongside ENGG2800 and CSSE2310, invest in a solid study plan. This will be your hardest semester yet. • Tutorial questions are usually harder than the final exam questions – they and past exam papers are both great study resources. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 18 STAT2202 – Probability Models for Engineering and Science Course rating: Difficulty: 2.4/5 Enjoyableness: 2/5 Prerequisites: MATH1051 Course Description: Probability models & applications in engineering & science, including basic probability theory, distributions & their properties, transform methods, construction of probability models, reliability, joint distributions, random processes: queues, Markov processes, Gaussian processes & weakly stationary processes. Assessment Type 1. Assignments 2. Final Exam Weight Description 30% A total of five assignments worth 6% each 70% A written exam held during the final exam block. Overall Review: This course can easily overwhelm you if you don’t invest the right amount of time in it. During the first few weeks, the course seems trivial enough but as it progresses, the concepts become more challenging to grasp and equally as hard to apply to questions. The formula sheet that is available on Blackboard/Dropbox is the heart and soul of this course; It contains everything that you need and memorising where which particular formula is will save you precious minutes during the final exam. Staying on top of the weekly quizzes in tutorials is very helpful: most tutors who conduct the weekly quizzes go over a question that is reasonably similar to the weekly quiz. At the end of the day, having a conceptual understanding of the course content is KEY to this course. Going over past exam papers simply will not be able to get you through the final exam. EBESS Tips: • The assignment questions are fairly tedious at times but can be done within a couple of hours. Getting them done early gives you time to work on ENGG2800. • Make sure you understand the content covered every week. Most of the content builds on itself and leads onto more complicated concepts. • The tutorials help reinforce the lectures and the tutors are always there to help. If you end up missing your tutorial, you can always attend another one during the week. Don’t rely on tutorials being empty however, as tutors do have to reject students who aren’t registered in their timeslot if it gets too full. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 19 3nd Year Compulsory Courses Start off your 3rd Year by embedding yourself in front of a computer working on CSSE3010! Following this, ELEC3100 will introduce you to Aleksandar whose magnetizing performance will bring back the fondest memories of PHYS1002! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 20 CSSE3010 – Embedded Systems Design & Interfacing Course rating: Difficulty: 4/5 Enjoyableness: 4/5 Prerequisites: (CSSE2310 or COMP2303) + ELE2004 Course Description: Microcontroller system hardware and software. C programming for embedded microcontroller and peripheral devices. Principles and practice of using Embedded RTOS (Real Time Operating System) and peripheral devices such as sensors and actuators to build a small embedded system. Peripheral interfacing methods and standards. Analogue-digital conversion methods and interfacing. Basics of digital communication signals, modulation schemes and error correction methods. Data compression, formats for audio, image and video coding. 1. Assessment Type Weight Project stage sessions Pass/Fail Description Individual weekly project development that is continually assessed. 2. Project 1 25% A project that follows the specifications set out on Blackboard and is assessed in week 6 labs. 3. Practical Exam 10% Practical exam held during weekly lab sessions 4. Project 2 demo 30% A practical demonstration of the second project that is assessed in week 13. 5. Final Exam 35% A written exam that assesses the theoretical parts of the course. Overall Review: This is an intense course, but one of the best courses you will ever do. The course treats you not as a student, but as an embedded systems engineer. This therefore means that your programming needs to be at an intermediate to an advanced level. Spending the holidays brushing up on your skills is highly recommended if you aren’t feeling confident for this course. It is predominantly a design course, consisting of three main programming assignments; these are difficult to complete, but very interesting and you will have a lot of fun developing them. Falling behind on these projects is something that you don’t want to do, so use your TP1 skills to keep on top! EBESS Tips: • The first few assignments are used in the later parts of the course, so make sure you start well to prepare yourself! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 21 ELEC3004 – Signals, Systems & Control Course rating: Difficulty: 4/5 Enjoyableness: 4/5 Prerequisites: ELEC2004 + STAT2202 Course Description: Discrete-time signals & systems, system properties (linearity, timeinvariance, memory, causality, stability), sampling & reconstruction, A/D and D/A converters, DFT/FFT, z transform, stochastic processes, frequency-selective filters, effect of feedback, introduction to control. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Demonstration lab 1 10% Demonstrate lab task during lab time. Marks awarded based on tasks completed. 2. Signals problem set 15% Exercises on signals and systems 3. Demonstration lab 2 10% Same as previous lab demonstration 4. Control problem set 15% Exercises on control 5. Final Exam 50% A written final exam done during exam block. Overall Review: The content from this course is far more abstract and concept-heavy compared to most of the electrical engineering courses offered at UQ. Past students have described Dr Singh’s teaching style as very American, in that he provides you with large amounts of content in lectures which you will have to keep on top of. That said, the lecturer is very dedicated to students, having made a separate website with much-improved access to course materials. Assignments in the past have been conceptually driven, are not too challenging mathematically; if you make a good attempt at the assignments, you can do very well in this course. The downside of the course is that since it is concept-heavy, past exam papers are not similar and you do not know what to expect on the exam. Assignments must be written in LaTeX, and are submitted using an online system called Platypus. Whilst this is time-consuming initially, it is eventually beneficial since LaTeX is a useful and widelyused document editing system. The best way to approach ELEC3004 is to try very hard in all the assignments. This sets you up for a 5 or higher! EBESS Tips: • You can get bonus marks from the optional lab sessions. Free marks! • Practice your LaTeX skills in the holidays to prepare for the assignments 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 22 ELEC3400 – Electronic Circuits Course rating: Difficulty: 3.5/5 Enjoyableness: 5/5 Prerequisites: ELEC2003 + (ELEC2004 or MATH2001) Course Description: Detailed examination of electrical & electronic circuit analysis & synthesis tools & techniques such as the Laplace transform, nodal analysis & two port network theory. Examples of use in analysis & design of amplifiers, filters, oscillators & other circuits. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. In class quiz 10% A 90-minute mid semester quiz held during class time. A one sided A4 sheet of notes is allowed. 2. Final Exam 50% A three hour long final examination. A double sided A4 sheet of notes is allowed. 3. OH&S tasks 4. Lab Demonstration 20% A random laboratory which has already been completed in prior sessions will be allocated for a 7.5 minute exam. 5. End of Semester Project Demonstration 20% A team project based on an analogue electronics design project. 6. Electronics Design Project Report Supplementary assessment A report based on the end of semester project demonstration. Only applicable if end of semester demonstration was failed 7. Peer Assessment Used to calculate final mark Similar to previous engineering projects, a PAF is utilized to ensure that efforts by individual members are reflected accordingly to their marks. Pass/Fail Students that do not complete these tasks will not be able to attend laboratory sessions. Overall Review: ELEC3400 has a reputation for being one the hardest courses to complete, but also one of the most interesting and rewarding you will ever take. The content is delivered in a very relevant and industry-focused way, and is well taught by the lecturer, Dr Phil Terrill, and the tutors. This course puts all of your skills from previous years into practice. Dr Terrill recommends students commit at least 10 – 12 hours per week towards this course, due largely to the lab sessions which take up most of your time. These lab sessions are great for enhancing theoretical knowledge, and equipping you with the skills you need for your team design project due at the end of the semester. Getting started on the project early is essential, as is paying attention to content in lectures. EBESS Tips: • The tutorials are all worked out and solutions are provided. • Be sure to use the tutors during lab sessions to the fullest extent. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 23 ELEC3300 – Electrical Energy Conversion & Utilisation Course rating: Difficulty: 3/5 Enjoyableness: 2/5 Prerequisites: ELEC2003 Course Description: ELEC3300 covers electricity generation and energy conversion issues including AC machines, DC machines, transformers, three phase analysis, demand side management and recent development in electric power engineering such as renewables and distributed generation. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Lab practical assessment 15% A practical assessment of the course content divided into four lab sessions. 2. Tutorial Assessment 15% A total of eight tutorials testing student understanding of the material covered in lectures. 3. Mid-Semester exam 20% In class mid semester exam that covers the first half of course material. 4. Final exam 50% Overall assessment of entire course material. Overall Review: This course reinforces content covered in ELEC2003 by revising transformers, harmonics, and steady state analysis of AC circuits. Synchronous & induction machines and modern motor control systems are some of the ‘newer’ topics. The first third of the course is mostly revision, with transformers covered in great detail. The next two-thirds of the course is completely new material and Mithulan covers them fairly quickly. The final exam is typically quite repetitive so past papers are a must when studying. The downside of this course it can be hard for students to follow the lecturer at times. Students who learn better through practical applications and hands on learning will find themselves doing more individual research, as there is very limited lab work. The lecturer covers all topics in the lectures but it is done lightly, so students will have to try to pay attention to his every word – very specific definition based questions often get assessed in the mid-semester and final exams. EBESS Tips: • Many of the tutorials questions are readily available online and this reinforces learning • The lecturer is always happy to answer any questions 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 24 ELEC3100 – Fundamentals of Electronic Fields & Waves Course rating: Difficulty: 4/5 Enjoyableness: 3/5 Prerequisites: ELEC2003 + MATH2001 Course Description: Fundamentals of electromagnetics including transmission lines, time varying fields, plane waves, radiation, waveguides & basic antennas, radar fundamentals. Applications in area of satellite communications & radar sensors. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Problem Demonstration 20% An oral presentation of a problem selected from the tutorial for a particular session. A total of ten ‘signoffs’ are required for this piece of assessment. 2. Laboratory report 10% Carried out in small groups. Calculations and studies prior to the marking session must be completed and then explained during the session. 3. Mid-Semester Exam 10% A written exam during a tutorial session which covers only the transmission line part of the course. Smith charts are provided. 4. Final Exam 60% A 3-hour final contains a mix of short answer questions and analytical questions. It covers all the material from the course but with emphasis on material after the mid semester. Overall Review: ELEC3100 is an introduction to communications engineering. It is taught in a very theoretical fashion, with no practical component to the course, meaning it is highly mathematical and calculations based. Tutorial sheets are released each week, and these are the best way to study for the course. They are accompanied by very thorough solutions, and are very similar to the types of questions that appear in exams. The course is generally well organised, and Aleks is extremely friendly and approachable. He regularly invites feedback on how students are finding the course. The major disadvantage of ELEC3100 is that there is no practical content. Due to the highly abstract content, this means that some concepts may take longer to sink in. It also means you’ll definitely need to keep on top of the lecture and tutorial content. EBESS Tips: • The Notaros textbook is a good resource for the course, as it is the source of many tutorial/exam questions, and lectures are structured based on it. • Make sure you attend all workshop sessions, as this will give you an easy 10% of the course grades. • Exam papers tend to remain very similar from year to year, so past papers are a must when it comes to studying for the final. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 25 4th Year Compulsory Courses This is it! Your last year studying at UQ! Make it a great year by choosing an interesting thesis topic (possibly with your favourite lecturer), and by taking some electives on topics you’ve always been excited to learn about. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 26 ENGG4810 – Team Project II Course rating: Difficulty: Enjoyableness: Prerequisites: ENGG2800; CSSE3010 or CSSE2002 recommended Course Description: Small teams of students undertake design, implementation, testing, evaluation & presentation of a complete product. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Peer Assessment Incorporated into final mark A PAF taken into consideration when calculating final marks. 2. Completion of OH&S Pass/Fail A risk assessment that is completed by ALL students. 3. Group work management Pass/Fail A group assignment that outlines how group members will conduct themselves over the semester. 4. Preliminary demo 10% Your partially completed product will be assessed by stuff. You will be assessed by progress and personally contribution 5. Intermediate demo 10% The next demo after preliminary, both have the same process 6. Seminar 10% Each team presents a progress seminar approx. 10 – 12 minutes long in week 8. 7. Product Demo 65% This demo mark will be based mainly on functionality and performance of the product. 8. Final Report 5% An individual report to be submitted by in week 13. Overall Review: Like all team projects, what you get out of this subject depends on what you put in. TP2 is a more advanced version of TP1, so the same advice applies: start ASAP and consistently put in time and effort. This is a difficult course, due to its largely self-taught nature and the amount of physical construction and testing you will have to do. The amount of effort made by all the team members ultimately governs what you as a team, and especially you as an individual, get out at the end. At the end of the day like ENGG2800, it’s luck of the draw with team members, so just try your best to do your work well and be a good team member. The course has been specifically designed to challenge final year students, so start the work early! EBESS Tips: • Like all team projects, start work as early as possible. • Ask plenty of questions of your tutors • Keep communication open and frequent between members of your group 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 27 ENGG4900 – Professional Practice and the Business Environment Course rating: Difficulty: Enjoyableness: Recommended Pre-requisites: N.A. Course Description: ENGG4900 is designed to give students the knowledge needed to effect change and implement design solutions in the real world. The course teaches you cost-benefit analyses; risk and uncertainty; the economic, social, environmental and ethical drivers for investment decision-making relevant to engineering projects; and the factors acting as barriers to technology uptake. Assessment Type 1. Participation in tutorials 2. Weight Description 5% Grade based on active participation in class and tutorials. Assignments 85% Six assignments to be completed over the whole semester. 3. Presentation 5% Groups present one assignment during the semester. 10 minutes in length 4. Online Quiz 5% Online quiz held in class consisting of 30 quiz type questions. Overall Review: ENGG4900 is a less technical course which is designed to teach you the business and project management skills required in professional engineering environment. Previous feedback paints this course as a combination of great guest lecturers and poorly designed assessment tasks. The group work in the course requires students to work together on case study topics that are given out by the lecturer. These case studies range from researching new biofuels, to off-grid power options for a regional hospital, and are essentially large, time-consuming reports. The biggest downside of this course would be the lack of clear communication regarding assessment and criteria, which is key in any course that requires group work. That said, if you put in plenty of work and make an effort to co-operate with your group members – much like in the real world – it’s possible to do quite well. EBESS Tips: • Past students have observed blackboard misbehaving in regards to assignment submissions. Avoid this and simply email assignments to the relevant tutors/lecturer. • When emailing assignments, make it clear to the person involved that you were either submitting for your entire group or just for yourself. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 28 ENGG4801/2 – Thesis Project Course rating: Restrictions: Restricted to final year students. Incompatible: COMP4801 or COMP4802 or COMP4807 or COMP4808 or ELEC4801 or ELEC4802 or 3E400 or 3E401 or 3E491 or 3E492 Relevant Background: The required academic background knowledge is usually specified in the various project descriptions. Course Co-ordinator: Dr Larissa Meinicke (firstname.lastname@example.org) Course Description: Thesis on subject selected or approved by Head of School. Assessment Type Weight Description 1. Online Quiz Pass/Fail An online academic integrity tutorial. 2. Project Proposal 10% A clear15 page project proposal which defines the thesis topic and presents a review of relevant background material and such. 3. Progress Seminar 15% An oral presentation of the key content of the research and progress of work conducted. 4. Seminar Attendance 5. Poster and Demonstration 25% A verbal and visual presentation of results of the research conducted. 6. Thesis 50% A report that should facilitate assessment by persons other than the supervisor. Pass/Fail A total of 5 other progress seminars must be attended by the student. Overall Review: The purpose of ENGG4801 is to develop your research and problem-solving skills. The course involves the specification, development and evaluation of an individual research project on a specific topic or problem within the broad fields of electrical, computer systems, software and mechatronics engineering. As a year-long, individual project, your thesis is essentially what you make of it. This means systematically planning and managing your project, and clearly presenting your work and its significance in the context of the current literature and prior art. It’s a great opportunity to create something in an area that you’re truly interested in, but requires a large amount of time and effort to produce something worthwhile. EBESS Tips: • Before writing the thesis proposal, make sure you do most of the coursework and do an extensive literature review. • You should also have a solid understanding on the background materials AND previous research done by other researchers in the same field. • Develop two/three topics first and finally focus on a topic to further develop. • Write a thesis that you can manage within your present resource and timeframe since it is the beginning of scholarly work. • Set aside drafts every few weeks that you can run by your supervisor. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 29 ENGG4805 – Thesis Project Course rating: Restrictions: Restricted to final year students. Incompatible: ENGG4801 or ENGG4802 Course Description: Thesis on subject selected or approved by Head of School. Students completing in one semester enrol in ENGG4805. This code is intended for special cases including CEED projects. Usually, students commencing thesis in Semester 1 enrol in ENGG4801 for semester 1 and semester 2; students commencing in Semester 2 enrol in ENGG4802 for semester 2 and the following semester 1. Relevant Background: The required academic background knowledge is usually specified in the various project descriptions. Course Co-ordinator: Prof Peter Lindsay (email@example.com) Assessment Type Weight 1. Online Quiz 2. Project Proposal 20% 3. Final Presentation 30% 4. Thesis 50% Description Pass/Fail An online academic integrity tutorial. A clear15 page project proposal which defines the thesis topic and presents a review of relevant background material and such. A report that should facilitate assessment by persons other than the supervisor. Overall Review: See ENGG4801/2. EBESS Tips: • Preparation for this course is VERY much similar to the preparation for ENGG4801/2 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 30 Part III: Advanced and Coverage Electives For students doing a single major in the Bachelor of Engineering, electives are divided into two areas. Firstly, students must take a minimum of 3 courses (6 units) from the Part B: Advanced Electives (AE) list, which is comprised of advanced electrical engineering courses. Students must then take a total of 6 courses (12 units) from free electives. These electives can be any courses that UQ offers (including any Advanced Electives and Coverage Electives on the Electrical course list), but there are some restrictions: • • • A minimum of 2 courses (4 units) must be on the BE program list (i.e. engineering courses, in any discipline); Also, a maximum of 2 courses (4 units) can be level 1 courses, which are course codes starting with 1 such as ECON1010; No courses which are incompatible with compulsory/elective courses in your major. Otherwise, feel free to broaden your horizons and take some courses in other areas such as economics, commerce and more! If you are enrolled in an extended major (e.g. Mechatronics) or dual major (e.g. Electrical & Computer), the rules are slightly different due to the greater number of compulsory courses. Students in both of these programs generally only have 2 courses (4 units) available for free electives; most courses are compulsory courses or Advanced/Coverage electives, the exact combination of which depends on your major. Mechatronics students, for example, have 5 courses (10 units) of Advanced electives, whilst Electrical & Biomedical students have just 4 courses. 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 31 Advanced Electives (AE) Course Code Units Course Title • COMS4103 2 Photonics • COMS4104 2 Microwave Engineering • COMS4105 2 Communication Systems • CSSE4010 2 Digital System Design • ELEC4300 2 Power Systems Analysis • ELEC4400 2 Advanced Electronic & Power Electronics Design • ELEC4620 2 Digital Signal Processing • ELEC4630 2 Image Processing and Computer Vision • METR4201 2 Introduction to Control Systems • METR4202 2 Advanced Control & Robotics Coverage Electives (CE) Course Code Units Course Title • COMP4702 2 Machine Learning • COMS3200 2 Computer Networks I • COMS4200 2 Computer Networks II • CSSE2002 2 Programming in the Large • CSSE4011 2 Advanced Embedded Systems • ELEC4000 2 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering 4A • ELEC4001 2 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering 4B • ELEC4302 2 Power System Protection • ELEC4320 2 Modern Asset Management and Condition Monitoring in Power System • ELEC4403 2 Medical & Industrial Instrumentation • ELEC4601 2 Medical Imaging • ENGG4000 2 Introduction to Systems Engineering • ENGG4800 2 Project Management 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 32 Thanks for reading EBESS hopes this has been a very useful and informative guide to your subjects and university life at UQ. Congratulations on starting, continuing or finishing an Electrical engineering-based degree. We look forward to seeing you around campus and at our numerous events. Don’t be afraid to engage with the friendly executive team as they are here to help. Let’s make 2018 #thEBESSt year of your University life! 2018 EBESS Subject Guide 33
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