Subject Details - 10 Electronics A

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Curriculum AreaBusiness, Enterprise & Technology
Subject Length1 semester
Contact PersonDesign and Technology Coordinator
DescriptionElectronics A&B
Length: Semester 1 or semester 2 (Students choosing Electronics A cannot choose Electronics B and visa versa)
Students will build on previous knowledge about series and parallel circuits to develop and test circuits using a 555 timer IC (Integrated Circuit).
Students will design and make circuits using the 555 timer IC to serve a desired function. Electronics will focus on a ‘design, make and evaluate’ methodology using electronics as the developmental tool.
In designing their circuits, students are given access to specialist software which allows designing and manufacturing of P.C.B's, (Printed Circuit Boards). Students then populate their designed P.C.B with correctly identified electronic components in order to get their circuit to operate to the desired outcome. Students will be required to problem solve if their circuit does not work correctly.
Students will be introduced to the Arduino Uno programmable board and will develop programming skills using Python to produce a solution to a given challenge.
TopicsSeries and parallel circuits. Use, design and testing of Integrated Circuits and components.
Use specialist CAD software to design and manufacture personalized P.C.B's.
Programming the Arduino Uno board.
Understanding and using the multimeter to test and solve circuit issues.
AssessmentMajor components are practical tasks and Projects; Theory and written work are used to assess knowledge and understanding.
Relationship To Further StudySuccessful completion can lead to an Electronics Cert II certificate in VET Stage 1.
PrerequisitesIt is expected that students have completed Year 9 Electronics to a C+ standard.
It is extremely important that students come to all classes with a willingness to demonstrate good health and safety practices.
It is important that students understand that they will be required to apply mathematical principles to theoretical and practical tasks.
Special ConditionsMost work will use the school’s computer network and Technical Studies facilities. Safe working practice is essential.

All students must have agreed to the expectations and behaviour contract, (signed by their parent/guardian, themselves and their teacher), before undertaking any practical tasks.
CostsThere may be a charge for components and materials if students build a significant project and wish to take it home.