Engineering Fundamentals

    Unit code: NEF1205 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    This unit of study aims to provide a basic understanding in the two broad areas of electrical fundamentals and statics. The following topics are covered in two parts:

    Part A - Electrical Fundamentals: Part A begins with an introduction on Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. Series and parallel resistor circuits are analysed and their equivalent resistive circuits are developed. DC sources are studied. Part B examines the analysis of single and multiple loop circuits as well as voltage dividers. The Nodal Voltage method, the Principle of Superposition, Thevenin’s Theorem, and equivalent circuits will be emphasised. Part A concludes with a discussion on AC circuits, household applications, diodes and voltage amplification in electrical networks.

    Part B - Statics: Part B introduces the concept of force, resultants and components, levers and moments. Free body diagrams, 2D and 3D statical equilibrium concepts are covered. Part B further explores the analysis of pin jointed trusses, statically determinate beams/shafts including loads, reactions and internal forces.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Identify electrical components of DC and AC circuits;
    2. Analyse DC circuits using appropriate principles and theorems;
    3. Investigate applications of electrical components and circuits;
    4. Evaluate force vectors, two and three-dimensional statical equilibrium, and concepts of force resultants and moments;
    5. Analyse pin jointed trusses for reaction and internal forces;
    6. Work individually and in collaboration with team members to solve problems and undertake basic Engineering analysis.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 20%
    Set of pre-lab and post-lab quizzes
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 5%
    Peer Feedback (Individual)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    Individual In-Class Problem Solving Activities
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 55%
    Two Tests (Individual)

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