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ZUG2030 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa

  • Semester 1, 2019
    On-campus block of classes
    (Mainstream & Extended Programme)

16 credits, NQF Level 6


This module covers the basic principles of electrical and electronic circuits including modelling so that students are able to analyse and perform calculations related to basic alternating and direct current circuits. The course includes basic design principles. Equipped with this ability, the students will then be able to apply analysis and design principles to electrical circuits and machines such as transformers and motors. It introduces the concepts of power and energy and covers metering and tariffs to set the foundation for energy management. Power factor correction is introduced as an electrical energy efficiency method.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand the use of complex variables and functions
2Find bases for spaces arising from matrices or linear equations
3Understand and apply the theory of diagonalisation
4Perform calculations on differential equations
5Apply the theory of series, power series and Fourier series
6Understand the differential operators: grad, div and curl and some applications
7Apply tangent planes and normal vectors to surfaces
8Understand multiple integrals
9Apply appropriate theorems in integral equations


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

The objective of this module is to enable the students to have a firm understanding of all aspects of electrical and electronic engineering fundamentals. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, tutorial work that will be done on an individual basis and experimental work to be conducted in the laboratory. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorial work, laboratory, class tests and final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Differential and Integral Calculus, Advanced Differential and Integral Calculus


Basics of Electrical and Optical Physics, Basic Mathematical Concepts, Advanced Mathematical Concepts