ENEL372-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Power and Analogue Electronics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Analogue electronics is necessary for signal sensing, amplification and filtering before digital techniques can be applied. Power electronics is necessary where efficient manipulation of electrical energy is required, for power supply, motion control and other applications. This course covers the basic principles of both analogue and digital electronic circuits, and the constraints that real components and devices place on these circuits. Emphasis is placed on circuit analysis and design skills.

In general semiconductor devices can be used in two ways – either in their linear operating regions, or as on/off switches. Instrumentation, amplification and filtering applications tend to use devices in their linear regions as amplifiers. In applications where high power or long battery life is necessary (or in digital systems), they are used as switches. Modern electronic circuits depend heavily on semiconductor switching-based power electronics for safety, stability and control, and on analogue electronics for sensing and signal conditioning.

This course aims to equip students with in-depth knowledge and fundamental design and analysis skills relating to
• Power or switching circuit and component design, including dc to dc, dc to ac, and ac to dc conversion circuits.
• Linear electronic circuit design, including noise, instrumentation, amplification and filtering.

Topics covered include:

Power Electronics
• PWM generation
• Buck, boost, buck-boost and fly-back converters
• Magnetics and energy recovery
• Forward converters
• Sinusoidal PWM
• Motion control
• Single and three phase rectifiers
• Brushless DC motor control

Analogue Electronics
• Noise
• OP-Amp circuit design
• Instrumentation amplifiers
• Filter Design
• A/D conversion

Learning Outcomes

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

  • LO1 Understand, analyse, and evaluate the performance of DC and AC sourced power electronic circuits, including consideration of safe operation (WA1, WA3, WA7)
  • LO2 Identify the differences, similarities, and limitations of idealised and real components in the application of power and analogue electronic circuits (WA3, WA4, WA5)
  • LO3 Analyse and design power and analogue electronic circuits, accounting for magnetics, and sources of noise and interference, using modern techniques and tools (WA1, WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5)
  • LO4 Communicate the design of power and analogue electronic circuits in written form (WA10)
  • LO5 Collaborate with and provide feedback to peers (WA9)
    • 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.



ENEL370 and ENEL371

Course Coordinator

Paul Gaynor


Christopher Hann


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
LTspice Assignment 1 2.5%
Test 35%
Project Inspection 10%
LTspice Assignment 2 2.5%
Project Report 15%
Exam 35%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Mohan, Ned. , Undeland, Tore M., Robbins, William P; Power electronics : converters, applications, and design ; 3rd ed; John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

Recommended Reading

Hart, Daniel W; Introduction to power electronics ; Prentice Hall, 1997.

Mohan, Ned; Electric drives : an integrative approach ; MNPERE, 2000.

Rashid, M. H; Power electronics : circuits, devices, and applications ; 3rd ed; Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.

Sedra, Adel S. , Smith, Kenneth C; Microelectronic circuits ; Seventh edition; Oxford University Press, 2015.

Additional Course Outline Information

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

Contact Hours

Lectures: 36
Tutorials: 3
Workshops: 0
Laboratories: 3

Independent study

Review of lectures: 36
Test and exam preparation: 36
Assignments: 36
Tutorial preparation: 0
Laboratory calculations: 0

Total 150

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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 .

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