ENEL270-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Principles of Electronics and Devices

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Linear amplifiers. Operational amplifiers. Operational amplifier circuits. Nonlinear devices: diodes & transistors. Switching circuits. Power supplies, AC to DC conversion.

This course introduces circuits and devices used in electronic systems for sensing and actuation. Topics covered include linear amplifiers, operational amplifiers and their circuits, nonlinear devices (diodes and transistors), switching circuits, power supplies and AC to DC conversion. Applications covered include interfacing with sensors, analogue to digital conversion and switch mode power supplies.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • LO1: Identify, recognise and apply fundamental electronic concepts in simple electronic systems (WA1)

  • LO2: Identify electronic components, use these in simple electronic systems, and recognise their limitations (WA1, WA5)

  • LO3: Identify, analyse, measure and predict the behaviour of opamp circuits for a specific application (WA2, WA3)

  • LO4: Identify, analyse, measure and predict the behaviour of basic amplifier, transistor and multistage amplifier circuits (WA2, WA3)

  • LO5: Perform experiments to determine, investigate and communicate electronic circuit behaviour in a team environment. (WA4, WA5, WA9, WA10)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


PHYS102, MATH103 or EMTH119; or Approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry



Course Coordinator

Ciaran Moore


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
2 Quizzes 5%
Test 20%
Labs 20%
Final Exam 55%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Ciaran Moore; LEARN Page ; (Extensive written notes are provided on Learn. For additional background reading, the following texts are recommended, but not required:).

Recommended Reading

Boylestad, Robert L. , Nashelsky, Louis; Electronic devices and circuit theory ; 11th ed., Pearson new international ed; Pearson Education, 2014 (EBook https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/canterbury/detail.action?docID=5176598). (Earlier editions of these books are also good value if you can find them second hand).

Carter, Bruce. , Mancini, Ron; Op amps for everyone ; Fifth edition; Newnes, 2018 (EBook https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/canterbury/detail.action?docID=4914160).

Storey, Neil; Electronics : a systems approach ; 2nd ed; Addison-Wesley, 1998.

Additional Course Outline Information

Mahi ā-Ākonga | Workload (expected distribution of student hours, note 15 points = 150 hours):

Contact Hours

Lectures: 36 hours
Tutorials: 12 hours
Laboratories: 27 hours

Independent Study

Review of lectures: 36 hours
Test and exam preparation: 16 hours
Quizzes: 2 hours
Tutorial preparation: 12 hours
Laboratory Preparation: 9 hours

Total 150

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,205.00

International fee $5,925.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

All ENEL270 Occurrences

  • ENEL270-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023