Last Updated S012019


Unit Name Ancillary Support Systems
Unit Code BIA204S
Unit Duration 1 Semester

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

Duration 3 years    

Year Level Two
Unit Creator / Reviewer N/A
Core/Sub-discipline: Sub-discipline
Pre/Co-requisites BIA108S
Credit Points


Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery Online or on-campus. 
Unit Workload (Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

The objective in presenting this unit is to impart to students relevant knowledge of the essential supporting infrastructure and systems of industrial and other enterprises. The subject matter covered in this unit will include the basic principles of earthing, shielding, and cabling best practices; power generation and distribution; and, motor technology – protection, control, and maintenance. Power generation will be examined by means of boiler operation and control. The fundamentals of power distribution will be examined through a detailed evaluation of means of cabling, transformers, earthing, and distribution simulations. The unit further provides the student with the knowledge of boiler processes and control functions, along with the related instrumentation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Evaluate the basic principles of EMI/EMC problem identification, design, and prevention.
    Bloom’s Level 6
  2. Detail earthing and shielding principles, procedures and practices.
    Bloom’s Level 6
  3. Evaluate the principles of power distribution systems and system components.
    Bloom’s Level 4
  4. Examine in detail, the protection, control and maintenance aspects of electric motors.
    Bloom’s Level 4
  5. Evaluate boiler processes and control functions and related instrumentation.
    Bloom’s Level 4

Student assessment

Assessment Type When assessed Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Shielding, EMC/EMI, noise, Earthing, PCB.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts

Due after Topic 3 15% 1, 2

Assessment 2

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Power distribution fundamentals, short circuits, switchgear, power cables, transformers.

Students may provide solutions to simple problems on the listed topics

Due after Topic 6 20% 3

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project / Report

Example Topic: Motor protection, control and maintenance.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or using software to complete a practical.

Due after Topic 10 20% 4

Assessment 4

Type: Examination

Example Topic: All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

Final Week 40% 1 to 5

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

Continuous 5% 1 to 5

Prescribed and Recommended Readings


• Bayliss, C. R., & Hardy, B.J. (2011). Transmission and Distribution Electrical Engineering, 4th Edition, Newnes. ISBN: 9780080969121 – available on Knovel.


• Ott, H. W. (2009). Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering, 1st Edition, Wiley. ISBN: 978-0470189306.
• Gilman, G. F., (2005). Boiler Control Systems Engineering, 2nd Edition, ISA, ISBN: 978-1936007202
• IDC Technologies, Practical Electrical Wiring Standards (AS 3000:2007), IDC Technologies, Perth.
• IDC Technologies, Safe Operation & Maintenance of Circuit Breakers and Switchgear, IDC Technologies, Perth.
• IDC Technologies, Troubleshooting, Maintenance & Protection of AC Electrical Motors and Drives, IDC Technologies, Perth.

Notes and Reference texts

• IDC notes and Reference texts as advised
• Other material advised during the lectures
• Knovel library:

Unit Content


Topics 1 and 2

Practical Shielding, EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction, Earthing, and Circuit Board Layout of Electronic Systems

1. Fundamentals of EMI (electromagnetic field theory, coupling modes, sources of transients, Fourier representation of EMI)
2. Earthing and shielding principles and practices (LF magnetic shielding, gaskets and sealing, PCB shielding, safety and signal grounds)
3. Cables, connectors and circuits (noise, cable parameters, routing, screening and connectors, stray capacitance and lead inductance)

Topics 3 and 4

Power Distribution – Part 1

1. Power distribution fundamentals (equipment, voltage improvement)
2. Short circuits (common faults, calculations)
3. Switchgear – medium voltage (parameters and operating characteristics, isolators/connectors, circuit breakers, insulation types)
4. Power cables (cable types, losses, voltage drops, installation, faults)

Topics 5 and 6

Power Distribution – Part 2

1. Power transformers (winding connection, earthing, protection and faults)
2. Power Factor (concepts, improvement methods)
3. Power factor improvement (shunt and series capacitors, shunt reactors, and etc.)
4. Earthing (principles, safety, lighting, and surge mitigation)
5. Distribution simulations (load flow studies, transformer and feeder cable sizing, fault current, motor starting currents)

Topics 7. 8 and 9

Motor Protection, Control, and Maintenance

1. Electric motors (motor technology and construction, three-phase induction motors, energy losses and efficiency)
2. Control and protection (control basics, motor protection, AC variable speed drives)
3. Management and maintenance (installation procedures, fault finding)

Topics 10 and 11

Boiler Control and Instrumentation

1. Boiler processes and control functions (input/output variables, control functions, furnace air and draft controls, hazards)
2. Boiler control functions (drum level measurement, control and protection, combustion controls, pressure controls, steam temperature controls, burner management systems)

Topic 12

Project and Course Review

In the final week students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues.