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MusicHB ACAT3003

ACAT3003     Electronics A

A one-hour lecture and a one-hour practical each week in Semester 1.


To gain an understanding of the theoretical foundations of electronics, and to develop practical skills in building and analysing circuits.


  • Physics of electricity: units, charge, voltage, current, power, energy, radiation, frequency, phase.
  • Electronic components: conductors, resistors, capacitors, inductors, relays, transformers, diodes, transistors, rectifiers, bridges, integrated circuits.
  • DC and AC behaviour: power sources, safety, active versus passive components, noise.
  • Circuits:   amplifiers, oscillators, filters, switches, regulators.
  • Analysis of circuit diagrams: component identification, module identification, functional analysis. Circuit assembly techniques: breadboard, wirewrap, soldering, printed circuit boards.
  • Analog devices: op-amps, timers, filters, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion.
  • Digital devices: logic gates, flip-flops, RAM, ROM, PAL, microprocessors.

Assignments 60%. Practical project 40%.


Mimms III, F.M., Getting Started in Electronics, Radio Shack,1983.


Chamberlin, H., Musical Applications of Microprocessors, 2nd edn, Hayden Books, 1985.
Horowitz, P., and Hill, W., The Art of Electronics, Cambridge University Press, 1980.
Nilsson, J.W, Electric Circuits, Addison-Wesley, 1983.
Pitt, VH. (ed.), The Penguin Dictionary of Physics, Penguin, 1979.
Rowe, J., Fundamentals of Solid State, Masterprint, 1979. (An Electronics Australia Handbook)
Young, E.C. (ed.), The New Penguin Dictionary of Electronics, Penguin, 1980.


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