PHY215 Scientific Instrumentation (Electronics) (8)


This subject deals with the analysis of circuits containing both linear and non-linear elements. It covers DC and AC circuits, solid state conduction, diodes, transistors and integrated circuits, amplifiers, op-amps, oscillators and introductory digital electronics. The emphasis is on the analysis and application of circuits, rather than circuit design.

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Session 1
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Have an understanding of the principles of circuit analysis;
Have an appreciation of the operation of solid state devices including diodes, transistors, op-amps and logic gates;
Have a knowledge and understanding of some commonly used electronic circuits;
Be able to conduct experiments that demonstrate concepts developed during the study.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Circuit principles, Kirchhoffs rules, circuit theorems for AC and DC circuits, phasor method, analysis of RLC circuits, frequency response and resonance;
Conduction in solids, intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, PN junction, rectifier equation, diode characteristics, zener diode, regulation, rectification, filtering and voltage stabilisation;
FET and BJT transistors, transistor construction and characteristics, common emitter and common base modes, emitter follower, current amplification, biasing circuits, load line analysis, small signal models and frequency response;
Ideal amplifiers, power amplifiers, types of coupling, class A, B and C operation, power output and efficiency, small signal amplifiers, frequency response, multistage amplifiers, operational amplifiers, positive feedback and oscillators;
Logic gates: AND gate, OR gate, NOT gate, NOR gate, NAND gate. Binary numbers: binary-to-decimal conversion, decimal-to-binary conversion, binary arithmetic, bits and bytes, binary-coded decimals. Boolean algebra: AND, NOT, and OR logical operations, Boolean theorems, DeMorgans theorems, truth table.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. .


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.