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. This subject has a compulsory residential school.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHY215. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the concepts and perform calculations in circuit analysis using network theorems.
  • be able to explain the concepts and perform calculations in principles of DC and AC circuit analysis.
  • be able to outline the principles and perform calculations on the operation of solid state devices including diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers
  • be able to conduct experiments, analyse data and write laboratory reports on electric circuits and devices.
  • be able to compute and solve problems of a conceptual and quantitative nature in the above areas of electric circuits and devices


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Circuit principles, circuit theorems, RLC circuits, frequency response and resonance;
  • Semiconductors, diode characteristics, zener diode and rectification;
  • Transistors, common emitter and common base modes, emitter follower, current amplification, biasing circuits, load line analysis and frequency response;
  • Amplifiers, class A, B and C operation, power output and efficiency, operational amplifiers;
  • Logic gates, Binary numbers.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

During the residential school students will undertake and develop the skills associated with the practical aspect of electric circuit measurement and analysis. The students will be provided with a number of tutorials on circuit analysis and will be shown the practical considerations required when choosing components and setting up electric circuits.

Special Resources

Students are responsible for travel and accommodation expenses when attending the residential school


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.