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ENGG1300 - Introduction to Electrical Systems

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Abel Smith Building 23, Room 101

Saint Lucia, QLD 4072

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Whilst ENGG1300 is an introductory course for practical and theoretical analysis techniques in electrical engineering, this course is also designed to provide a “top-down” view of electrical engineering systems in industry in society. As such, we aim for this to be a useful and informative course for those intending to complete studies in electrical engineering and related majors; as well as those who intend on completing other engineering majors and who will undoubtedly work in collaboration with electrical engineers and electrical systems throughout their professional career (i.e. this is designed to be both a “first” and a “last” course in electrical engineering).

This course is compulsory for electrical, software and mechatronic engineering students (normally in first year) and is an elective for students in other engineering disciplines. This year approximately 800 (including first and second semester enrolments) of the 900 or so first year engineering students have enrolled in this course.

The course has a different structure to most UQ engineering courses; a lecture (scheduled as 2 hours but mostly 80-90 minutes) and 2 x 2 hour active learning laboratories each week. These “active learning labs” are a hybrid of mini-lectures, tutorial style exercises, and electronics lab work. The active learning labs are the core learning activities in this course and with 12 sessions a week, these need to be delegated to tutor staff. Their success depends heavily on the quality and experience of these tutors. As such, much of my work in any given week is tutor training – including appropriate initial hiring, mentoring training, and cultivating a positive environment for tutors to develop their skills.

Much of the success of this course depends heavily on good management. Phil's team works hard to ensure an extremely well organised course so that students can focus on the course materials rather than worrying about administrivia! As well as setting clear expectations and having good ongoing communication with students, this includes making a large range of learning resources (i.e. short videos; additional worked examples) available in a timely fashion to help support the key learning activities.

Dr Philip Terrill is a senior lecturer in the School of ITEE. While his research work is in biomedical engineering, he has taught a range of core first, second and third year electrical engineering courses over the last 6 years.

Phil has been awarded with an EAIT Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of the consistently high student feedback he receives for his teaching in large core courses. His work on course redesign and implementation was noted by the award committee, particularly his ongoing dedication to integrating theory with practical contexts for students. This, together with the significant effort he put into building and developing teaching teams and coordinating large groups of tutors, has seen a clear (and in some cases stunning) improvement in course evaluations and student feedback.

The active learning labs are where most of the learning takes place in this course. Visitors interested in attending one of these sessions are very welcome. They are available on various days at different times so if you would like to attend please contact Phil directly at p.terrill@uq.edu.au to arrange a time.

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Abel Smith Building 23, Room 101

Saint Lucia, QLD 4072

Australia

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