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Electrical Power Systems (ELEN90069)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90069
Semester 1
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This subject provides an overview of electrical power systems for students without a significant background in Electrical Engineering. It will cover the basic elements of electrical power systems including generation, transmission and distribution.


Specific topics covered include:

  • Electrical Network Basics: current, voltage, resistance, analysis of resistive circuits, capacitance, inductance, sinusoidal-steady state analysis;
  • Power System Analysis: AC power, transformers, generators, loads, three-phase systems, power lines, power flow analysis, reliability and stability;
  • Power System Operation: planning, scheduling, distributed generation, electricity markets, smart grid.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Analyse simple electrical networks using basic device models and circuit theory
  2. Describe the core components of electrical power systems (generation, transmission and distribution)
  3. Describe the main components of the broader power system operations (including scheduling, electricity markets and the smart grid)

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large;
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.

Last updated: 22 August 2019