PHYSICS 244 : Electronics and Imaging


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides students with skills in electronics and imaging technologies that will support future work in technology-focused careers, experimental science, medical physics, and photonics. Key topics include networks, resonance, amplifiers, semiconductors, Fourier analysis, imaging systems, MRI systems and biomedical imaging.

Course Overview

This paper covers AC circuit theory with phasors and complex operators, including network theorems, resonance, and operational amplifiers treated as linear components. Principles of semiconductor physics, diodes, transistors, and associated analogue applications. This paper also covers light and its interactions with matter as applied to imaging.

This course is a prerequisite for students who wish to do the BSc(Hons) in Photonics and the BSc(Hons) in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology (MPIT). It is also a useful paper for students who want to do Experimental Physics.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 points from PHYSICS 120, 121, 160 and 15 points from ENGGEN 150, ENGSCI 111, MATHS 108, 110, 120, 130, 150 Restriction: PHYSICS 240

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Have a good quantitative and qualitative knowledge of Circuit theory using resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, bipolar transistors, Operational Amplifiers, geometric optics, convolution, image filtering, Fourier transforms, light-matter interactions and magnetic resonance imaging. (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Solve circuit problems involving resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, bipolar transistors and Operational Amplifiers. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Solve imaging problems. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Be familiar with the definition and units of all relevant physical quantities. (Capability 1 and 2)
  5. Have acquired skills in experimental Physics, including the use of apparatus, analysis of results, and estimation of experimental uncertainty. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
Assignments 20% Group & Individual Coursework
Laboratories 20% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam

Learning Resources

“Linear Steady-state Network Theory”,
Gary E.J. Bold, seventh edition, 2006, approx.$15.50

“Transistor Electronics”,
Gary E.J. Bold, tenth edition, 2008, approx.. $19.50.

These texts, both of which you must have, are obtainable from the University Book Shop. Lectures will follow them closely. The texts will be supplemented with reading material given by the lecturers.

Special Requirements

The Lab is a compulsory part of this course and the lab component must be passed in order to be eligible to pass this paper.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [35] hours of lectures, [24] hours of labs, [35] hours of going over the lecture and doing the suggested problems and [26] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 11/01/2020 03:12 p.m.