Last Updated S012019

MEE501

Unit Name Power Generation
Unit Code MEE501
Unit Duration 1 Term (online) or 1 Semester (on-campus)
Award

Graduate Diploma of Engineering( Electrical Systems)

Duration 1 year

Master of Engineering (Electrical Systems)

Duration 2 years

Year Level One
Unit Creator / Reviewer Professor Akhtar Kalam
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points

3

Grad Dip total course credit points = 24

( 3 credits x 8 (units))

Master  total course credit points = 48

( 3 credits x 12 (units)+ 12 credits (Thesis))

Mode of Delivery Online or on-campus. 
Unit Workload

10 hours per week

Lecture 1 hour

Tutorial lectures 1 hour

Practical/ Lab - 1 hour (where applicable)

Personal Study recommended – 7 hours ( guided and unguided)

Unit Description and General Aims

In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and develop critical analytical and practical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem solving scenarios. Content has been developed to enhance students’ communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to the field of engineering and power generation. The unit addresses in a readily accessible format processes by which power is generated with special emphasis on alternative renewable energy generation sources such as solar, wind, biomass and fuel cells. This unit takes into account the many challenges faced due to excess power supply but with a decrease in demand. The unit addresses the global pressures on replacing fossil fuel plants to renewable and the need for cheap and affordable power.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Determine design needs for power generation taking into account environmental effects.
 
Bloom’s Level 6
 
2. Apply specialist competence to a power generation system to ensure optimal performance.
 
Bloom’s Level 5
 
3. Identify appropriate solutions to problems inherent in power generation for given scenarios.
Bloom’s Level 5
 
4. Utilize a systems approach to analysis, design and operational performance of a power generator.
 
Bloom’s Level 5
 
5. Critically evaluate generation schemes applicable to a given application in order to enhance efficiency.
 
Bloom’s Level 5
 
6. Determine system performance in terms of power transients and disturbances to maintain uninterrupted power distribution.
 
Bloom’s Level 5
 
 
 
 

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 / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation
 
Word length: n/a
 
Topic examples: Fundamental concepts of Electrical
energy, Power Electronics and its innovation
Week 5 20% 1, 2, 

Assessment 2 - mid-semester test

 

Type:Report /Research /Paper/ Case Study/Site Visit
/Problem analysis/ Project /Professional recommendation
 
Example:Type: Report (Midterm Project)
[This will include a progress report; literature review,
hypothesis, and methodology/ conclusions]
 
Word length: 1000
 
Topic examples: Analysis, design and operational
performance of a power generator
.
Week 8 25%% 1,2.3,4

Assessment 3

 

Type: Report (Final Project)
 
[If a continuation of the midterm, this should complete
the report by adding sections on: methodology,
implementation /evaluation, verification/ validation,
conclusion/ challenges and recommendations
/ future work.If this is a new report, all headings from the midterm and the final reports must be included.]
 
Word length: 2000
 
Topics Example: continuation of midterm
final week 35% 1,2,3,4,5,6
 
Practical Participation
 
Type:May be in the form of quizzes, class tests,
practical assessments, remote labs,simulation software or case studies
 
Example: Simulation of various generation methods
using software such as HOMER
 
 
 
 Continuous 15% 5

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

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

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

 

Prescribed and Recommended readings

Required textbook(s)
1. J.D.Glover,M.S.Sarma, and T.J.Overbye power System Analysis and Design, 5th edition,
Cengage Learning, 2012 (ISBN 13: 978-1-111-42577-7)
OR
2. A. Kalam and D.P. Kothari,
Power System Protection and Communications, New Age International (P) Ltd Publishers
, 2010 (ISBN 978-81-224-2741-7)
OR
3. N. Mohan, et al., Power Electronics- Converters, Applications, and Design, 1st ed,
John Wiley & Sons, 2003
 
 
Reference Materials
• 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.
 
• http://www.power-eng.com, http://www.ieee-pes.org
 
•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.

 

Topic 1 and 2

Design needs for power generation taking into account environmental effects
 
  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

Applying specialist competence to a power generation system to ensure optimal performance

 

Topics 5 and 6

Solutions to problems inherent in power generation

Topics 7 and 8

Systems approach to analysis, design and operational performance of a power generator

 

Topics 9 and 10

Critically evaluate generation schemes applicable to a given application in order to enhance efficiency

 

Topic 11

Determine system performance in terms of power transients and disturbances to maintain
uninterrupted power distribution
 
 
 

 

Topic 12

Project and Revision

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
finalising the major assessment report.