Last Updated S012021


Unit Code MEE510
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 Dr. Roozbeh Kabiri
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites None
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

This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of smart electrical energy conversion. The fundamental power electronic converter topologies are introduced, and you will learn about modulation processes (i.e. switching) and control techniques for these systems. Topics that are covered in this course include: elementary switching cells, diode rectifiers, thyristor rectifiers, DC/DC buck and boost converters, two-level DC/AC converters, three-level DC/AC converters. Moreover, the procedure for designing various controllers (closed loop DC and AC current regulation, linear regulators, non-linear hysteresis regulators) for such converters will be discussed. Finally, several real-world applications such as grid-tied power converters for renewable energy grid integration, variable speed drives, and UPS systems are presented as examples. The fundamentals presented in this course will assist you in range of further studies, including Variable Speed Drives, Switched Mode Power Supplies, Renewable Electrical Energy Systems, Power Electronic Converters, etc.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and explain the principles of various electrical energy conversion systems used in industrial and domestic applications.

Bloom’s Level 2

  1. Design a diode rectifier, a thyristor converter and a dc-dc switch mode converter.

Bloom’s Level 6

  1. Evaluate and improve the impact of power electronic converters on the power system and load.

Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Measure a power conversion system characteristic quantities.

Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Discuss the operation of power semiconductor devices and their significance in power electronic converters.

Bloom’s Level 6

  1. Design and develop the simulation models and control of various types of DC/AC converters.

Bloom’s Level 6

  1. Use power electronic converters in a wide range of applications.

Bloom’s Level 3

  1. Critically review pulse width modulation techniques and use them in DC/AC and DC/DC power converters.

Bloom’s Level 5

Student assessment

Assessment Type

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

Examination (specify length and format))

When assessed (After Topic 5)

Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assignment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation

Topic examples: Fundamental concepts of power electronic components, rectifier, DC-DC converters

After Topic 5 15% 1, 2

Assignment 2 - Project Midterm

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

Example: 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 conversion system in a Distributed Generation (DG) grid connected power plant by focusing on simulating a DG source, a rectifier and its controller to maintain the output voltage of rectifier in a specific value and analyse the system operation

After Topic 7 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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: Continuation of midterm

The main focus is on extending the simulation model developed in Assessment 2 by adding an inverter and its controller to feed an AC load which is also provided by grid.

After Topic 9 35% 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7, 8


Assessment 4 Practical Participation

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

Example: Design and simulate an inverter controller with the ability of controlling active and reactive power based on pre-determined set-points.

 Final Week  20% 2, 4, 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

I. Batarseh, A. Harb, Power Electronics: Circuit Analysis and Design, 2nd Edition. Springer International Publishing, 018 - ISBN: 978-3319683669


Recommended Reference Materials

  • Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design, 3rd Edition, Authors: Ned Mohan, Tore M. Undeland, William P. Robbins, ISBN: 978-0-471-22693-2, 2002
  • Fundamentals of Power Electronics, 2nd Edition, Authors: Erickson, Robert W., Maksimovic, Dragan, ISBN 978-0-306-48048-5, 2001
  • Examples of journals include
    1. IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion
    2. IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics
    3. IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications
    4. IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
    5. IEEE Transaction on Smart Grids
    6. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week.

Topic 1


  1. Introduction to power electronics systems
    • Power quality and harmonics related to power electronics
    • Power factor and measures of distortion related to power electronics
  2. Power switching devices - characteristics
    • Active semiconductor switches including IGBT, MOSFET and GTOs
    • Introduction to commutation cells and pulse width modulation concept

Topic 2

Diode Rectifiers

  1. Half wave diode rectifiers
  2. Full wave diode rectifiers: single-phase and 3-phase

Topic 3

Phase-Controlled Rectifiers

  1. Half wave SCR rectifiers
  2. Full wave SCR rectifiers: single-phase and 3-phase

Topic 4

DC/DC Converters -1

  1. Introduction to DC/DC converters
  2. Buck converters
  3. Boost converters
  4. Continuous conduction mode (CCM) and discontinuous conduction mode (DCM)

Topic 5

DC/DC converters - 2

  1. Buck-boost converters
  2. CCM and DCM of buck-boost converters
  3. Flyback converters
  4. Current-fed DC/DC converters

Topic 6

Single-phase DC/AC Converters

  1. Inverters (DC/AC converters)
  2. Half bridge inverters
  3. Full bridge inverters

Topic 7

Modulation Techniques

  1. Introduction to various modulation strategies for DC/AC converters
  2. Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
  3. Space Vector Modulation (SVM)

Topics 8 & 9

Three-Phase DC/AC Converter

  1. Three-Phase DC/AC converter topology and operation
  2. Three-Phase DC/AC converters modulation
  3. Multilevel DC/AC converter topology and modulation



Topic 10

Control of Power Electronics Converters

  1. Proportional-integral and proportional-resonant controllers
  2. Control of buck converters
  3. Control of DC-AC converters
  4. Dq transformation
  5. Phase locked loop
  6. Grid-forming and grid-following inverters

Topic 11

Applications of Power Electronics Converters

  1. Renewable energy: solar and wind
  2. Variable speed drives
  3. HVDC
  5. Uninterrupted power supplies (UPS)
  6. Wireless power transfer
  7. EMI/EMC filters

Topic 12


  1. Invited industry talks
  2. Project and course review

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.

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