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Introduction to Power Engineering (ELEN90074)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90074
Semester 1
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The aim of this subject is to understand the fundamental concepts and basic theory involved in modelling and analysis of the various components that comprise power systems. Power systems involve the generation, conversion, transmission and distribution of electricity via the use of specific devices, such as transformers, generators and motors. It is expected that at the end of this subject the student will have developed a sound understanding of the functionality and characteristics in terms of physical concepts and mathematical models of each of the covered components and relate them to the real life operation of power systems, such as a country’s power grid or smaller power systems that connect to the grid.


The topics covered in this subject include: review of the basic theory of single-phase as well as three-phase circuits; calculations of power (real, reactive and complex); power transfer between buses (nodes), generators to loads; derivation of conditions for maximum power transfer; static stability limits; an introduction to protection and fault analysis; models for transmission and distribution power lines (overhead and cables); models for loads; basic models for power transformers, DC machines, the synchronous generator and the induction motor.

Intended learning outcomes


It is expected that on completing this subject the students should be able to:

  1. Describe theory of power flow in electrical networks;
  2. Apply physical principles, fundamental abstractions and modelling techniques in the analysis of power system components and devices, such as power transformers and electrical rotating AC and DC machines;
  3. Develop and demonstrate electrical engineering laboratory skills through simulation of practical real life electrical power systems using software tools, and analyse the performance and characteristics of each of its components;
  4. Compare the performance and reliability of physical power systems obtained through simulation with theoretical analysis.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students will have developed the following skills:

  • Ability to apply basic fundamentals of science and engineering to solve real life problems associated with power systems
  • Ability to develop an in-depth technical competence in power systems engineering discipline
  • Ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve practical engineering problems
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational assessment and self-directed learning
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with teams
  • Ability to write technical reports in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to present results of technical investigation to a large audience.

Last updated: 3 April 2019