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MusicHB ACAT3004

ACAT3004     Electronics B

A one-hour lecture and a one-hour practical each week in Semester 2.

Satisfactory completion of Electronics A.

To gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical foundations of electronics, and to develop practical skills in analysing and repairing circuits.


  • Physics of electricity: semiconductors, antennas, transmission (advanced) lines, shielding, faraday cages, co-axial lines, balanced twisted pairs.
  • Electronic systems: motherboards, cardcages, busses. Electronic communications: serial, parallel, handshaking, standards (e.g. RS232), plugs, sockets, cabling. AC analysis: steady-state, transient, impedance.
  • Audio analog circuits: tone generators, modulators, hi-fi amplifiers.
  • Video analog circuits: pattern generators, modulators, switchers, genlocks, encoders, decoders.
  • Digital circuits: finite state machines, arithmetic logic units, display controllers.

Assignments-60%.   Practical project 40%.


Mimms III, EM., Getting Started in Electronics, Radio Shack,1983.
References     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, I., 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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