Last Updated S012019


Unit Name Power Engineering
Unit Code ME501
Unit Duration 1 Term (online) or 1 Semester (on-campus)

Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation)
Duration: 1 year
Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)
Duration: 2 years

Year Level 1st
Unit Creator / Reviewer Professor Akhtar Kalam
Core/Sub-Discipline: Core
Pre/Co-requisites None
Credit Points

Grad Dip total course credit points = 24
(3 credits x 8 (units))

Masters total course credit points = 48
(3 credits x 12 (units) + 12 credits (Thesis))

Mode of Delivery On-Campus or Online
Unit Workload 10 hours per week:
Lecture - 1 hour
Tutorial Lecture - 1 hours
Practical / Lab - 1 hour (where applicable)
Personal Study recommended - 7 hours (guided and unguided)

Unit Description and General Aims

This system-based subject provides the fundamentals of major equipment and technologies used in power systems, which include generation, transmission and distribution networks to deliver power to customers in the automation industry. The subject covers in-depth principle of operation of power system equipment such as generators, transformers, transmission lines, cables, protection and measuring. Students will acquire basic knowledge of conventional and renewable power generation sources. Students will be able to elaborate on the design parameters of transmission lines and pole selections based on voltage levels. Students will undertake case studies of industrial projects and operations in context to their country.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject/unit, students are expected to be able to:
1. Discriminate between the elements of the supply chain and how they function in order to map and interrogate the roles of:
(a) transmission - transformers, overhead lines and cables;
(b) distribution - transformers and substations, insulation equipment;
(c) auxiliary networks - protection equipment, energy management system, supervisory control and data acquisition systems.
Bloom’s Level 5
2. Contextualize alternative generation such as hydro generation, wind and solar generation and other energy generation systems to known and unknown situations
Bloom’s Level 5
3. Apply principles in the energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and strategies with initiative and judgment Bloom’s Level 5
4. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of ac machines and its usage in dc and uninterrupted power supplies for use in automation Bloom’s Level 6
5. Apply power electronics to industrial drives Bloom’s Level 6
6. Assess the use of power quality and its impact on noise and interferences Bloom’s Level 5
7. Justify and explain the importance of earthing and its role in surge protection Bloom’s Level 5

Student assessment

Assessment Type
(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic)
Examination (specify length and format))
When assessed
(e.g. Week 5)
(% of total unit marks)
Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assignment 1

Type: Report / Group work / Short answer questions / Case study
(a combination of short problems and short essay questions demonstrating a deep understanding of the body of knowledge on Electrical energy, Power Electronics and its innovation)
Example topics: To be suggested by lecturer

After Topic 5 25% 1, 2

Assignment 2

Type: Report / Short Problems / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation
Example topics: To be suggested by lecturer

After Topic 9 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assignment 3 - Final Project (Typical thesis 2500 to 3000 words, excluding references, figures and tables)

Example Topic: “Viability and sustainability of renewable energy”

Final Week 30% 1, 2, 3

Practical Participation

Example: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies

Continuous 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

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

Continuous 5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Prescribed and Recommended Readings

Required textbook

  • Glover J.D., Sarma, M.S. and Overbye T.J., 2017, Power System Analysis and Design, 6th Edition: Cengage Learning – ISBN: 978-1305632134

Reference Materials

  • Kalam, A. and Kothari, D. P., 2009, Power System Protection and Communications: New Age Science – ISBN: 9 78-1906574260
  • Mohan, N., Undeland, T. M. and Robbins, W.P., 2003, Power Electronics - Converters, Applications, and Design, 1st Edition: John Wiley & Sons – ISBN: 978-0471226932

Number of peer-reviewed journals and websites (advised during lectures). Some examples are listed below.

  • Examples include but not limited to Power Engineering Journal; IEEE Power and Energy Magazine; IEEE Transactions on Power Systems; International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems. These are peer-reviewed journals. Other relevant peer-reviewed journals will be advised.
  • Examples include but not limited to,
  • IDC notes and Reference texts as advised.
  • Other material advised during the lectures.

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

Topics 1 and 2

Electrical energy and its distribution

  1. Historical developments and power industry deregulation
  2. Loads and utility ancillary services
  3. Electricity supply basics
  4. Thermal power plants
  5. Other power plants
  6. Alternative energy generation
  7. Distributed generation and energy storage

Topics 3 and 4

Power electronics

  1. Electronic components for power and control
  2. Digital electronics and its relevance to control engineering and communications
  3. Application of power electronics in Industrial drives (AC and DC)

Topics 5 and 6

Electric motors, controls and protection

  1. Introduction to AC Rotating Machines and Systems
  2. Principles of Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  3. Fundamentals of AC Rotating Machines
  4. Synchronous Machines


Topics 7 and 8

DC and uninterrupted AC power supplies for use in Automation

  1. Reliable emergency power
  2. Battery types and sizing calculations
  3. Battery charging and maintenance
  4. Uninterrupted AC power sources


Topic 9

Power quality and EMI

  1. Introduction to Power Quality
  2. Formulations, Standards and Improvement of Power Quality


Topic 10

Earthing and its role in surge protection and EMI

  1. Harmonic Modelling of Induction Machines
  2. Aging of Transformers and Induction Machines
  3. Noise and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) from electrical circuits
  4. Principles of controlling noise and EMI in electrical and electronic circuits
  5. Introduction to Earthing System Functions
  6. Electric Shock and Risk
  7. Soil Resistivity and Electrode Resistance Measurement
  8. Electrode Resistance Calculation


Topic 11
Energy efficiency
      1. Energy efficiency: What it is, what it provides.
      2. Australian Climate Change Strategy
      3. Renewable Policies: MRET/eRET ‘Designer’ Markets
      4. Australia’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Solution
      5. Energy efficiency strategies
      6. McKinsey’s Report


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, to clarify any outstanding issues, and to work on finalizing the major assessment report.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency
1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2. Engineering Application Ability
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3. Professional and Personal Attributes
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanor.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.

Software/Hardware Used



  • Version: Student Version 

  • Instructions:  Lab 9

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