Last Updated S012021


Unit Code MEE509
Unit Duration 12 weeks

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, Dr. Hossein Nabavi
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points


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 Lecture - 1 hours

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, critical analytical and practical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem solving scenarios. The unit material has been developed to enhance students’ communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to overhead and underground transmission system design and construction required in power generation. This unit provides an expert introduction to overhead and underground power system design. Students gain specialist knowledge about cable systems, types of system topologies, manufacturing practices and standards. The uses and design parameters of the equipment necessary for transmission lines design are addressed in detail. Subsequently, basic overhead and underground cable design practices are reviewed and installation practices for both transmission and distribution projects are considered as well as relevant as application concepts such as hydraulic pressures, commissioning and industry standards.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply specialist technical knowledge of transmission systems, cabling, types of systems, manufacturing practices and standards.

Bloom’s Level 3

  1. Design and develop specifications of the equipment needed for transmission system design.

Bloom’s Level 6

  1. Determine and discuss the design and installation requirements for both transmission and distribution projects.

Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Evaluate various overhead and underground cable specifications, commissioning and industry standards to a given scenario.

Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Critically review cable insulation designs and material technologies and understanding the advantages and drawbacks.

Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Independently or in collaboration with peers propose and complete a project that investigates types of transmission systems, and all relevant design calculations for power transmission supply.

Bloom’s Level 5

Student Assessment

Assessment Type

(e.g. Assessment -2000 word essay (specify topic)

Examination ( specify length and format))

When assessed

(e.g week 5)

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 transmission systems, topology and manufacture.
After Topic 5 20% 1

Assessment 2

Type: Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation

Example: Report (Midterm Project)
[This will include a progress report; literature review, hypothesis, and methodology / conclusions]
Word length: 1000

Topic examples: Design parameters of the equipment necessary for Transmission system design including standards.

After Topic 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

Topic examples: A project that investigates type of cable, manhole spacing, pulling considerations and all relevant design calculations for underground power supply.
After Topic 11 35% 1,2,3,4,5, 6

Assessment 4 - Practical Participation

Example: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests,
practical assessments , remote labs, simulation software or case studies
After Topic 12 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

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

Continuous 5% -


Prescribed and Recommended readings

Required Textbook(s)

  • Sivanagaraju, S. & Satyanarayana, S., Electric Power Transmission and Distribution. Pearson Education India, 2008. ISBN - 978-8131707913

Reference Materials

  • Electrical Power Transmission System Engineering: Analysis and Design, Third Edition, 2014, By: Turan Gonen.
  • 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.
  • IDC notes and Reference texts as advised during the lectures.
  • Other material advised during the lectures
  • Overhead Lines, CIGRE Green Books, Series editor, By: Konstantin O. Papailiou, 2017
    • ISSN 2367-2625 ISSN 2367-2633 (electronic)
    •  ISBN 978-3-319-31746-5 ISBN 978-3-319-31747-2 (eBook)
    •  ISBN 978-3-319-31748-9 (print and electronic bundle)

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week.

Topic 1


  1. Background
  2. Technical basics and differences between OHL and UGC
  3. Costs
  4. Reliability and repair time
  5. Lifetime
  6. Operational aspects
  7. Overall design

Topic 2

Fundamentals of Overhead Line Design

  1. Introduction
  2. OH line conductor (conductor selection, material and construction) 
  3. OH line insulators (type, corona, creepage and flashover distance)
  4. Overhead line parameters (resistance, inductance and capacitance)


Topic 3

Overhead Line Protection and Maintenance

  1. Introduction to lightning and voltage surges and their effect on OH lines
  2. OH line protection against lightning and switching
  3. The significance of Basic Insulation Level (BIL) in OH line design
  4. Maintenance of lines and ancillaries

Topic 4

Cable Systems, Manufacturing Practices and Standards

  1. Introduction to cables
  2. Components of a cable
  3. Cable types based on insulation
  4. Cable manufacturing
  5. Cable standards and codes

Topic 5

Types of System Topologies and Cable Termination Techniques

  1. Network topologies
  2. Cable jointing and termination practices
  3. Prefabricated cable jointing
  4. Site fabricated kits 
  5. Slip on joints
  6. Cold shrink termination
  7. Heat shrink joints

Topic 6

Uses and Design Parameters of the Equipment Necessary for Underground System Design

  1. Cable drum transportation and handling
  2. Cable winches and pushers
  3. Rollers for cable installation
  4. Cable pulling accessories
  5. Cutter and crimping tools
  6. Accessories for cable installation
  7. Cable installation in tunnel

Topic 7

Cable Test Equipment and Devices

  1. Cable insulation resistance test
  2. Hi-Pot test
  3. VLF test
  4. Partial discharge test
  5. Tan delta test
  6. Cable faults detection

Topic 8

Cable Sizing

  1. Selection of cable number of cores, voltage and insulation
  2. Sizing of cable neutral
  3. Cable sizing examples
  4. Consideration of fault currents in cable sizing

Topic 9

Underground Cable Installation and Handling - Basic Practices

  1. Approach to planning a cable installation
  2. Designing of cable installation
  3. Considerations before installation of cables
  4. Considerations during installation of cables
  5. Cable design documents
  6. Supply, handling and transportation of cables
  7. Unloading and storage of cables

Topic 10

Underground Cable Installation - Special Considerations

  1. Aspects on cable pulling and manholes
  2. Aspects on directly buried cables and safety
  3. Installation of cables in conduits and trays
  4. Earthing and bonding of cables
  5. Post installation checks and tests

Topic 11

HVDC Transmission

  1. Overview of HVDC technology
  2. Modern HVDC lines deployment trends
  3. Power transfer and temperature limits in HVDC Lines
  4. HVDC cables and characteristics
  5. Modern HV cable systems - polymeric (no oil impregnation systems)
  6. Concepts of hydraulic pressures, commissioning and industry standards

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.


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 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 demeanour.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.
3.5 Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

Software/Hardware Used


  • Software: ETAP; PSCAD

  • Version: PSCAD Version 5

  • Instructions:  N/A

  • Additional resources or files: N/A


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