Last Updated S012021


Unit Code MEE513
Unit Duration 12 weeks

Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Electrical Systems)

Duration: 1 year

Master of Engineering (Electrical Systems)

Duration: 2 years

Year Level

Unit Creator / Reviewer Prof. Akhtar Kalam /Dr. Munira Batool
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
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 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 unit requires mathematical foundations to solve power system operation problems. The unit will provide students with essential knowledge using mathematical techniques to analyse power systems, both under steady state and dynamic conditions. Power systems will be presented as complex networks comprising generators, loads, transmission lines, various apparatus and equipment, e.g., bus bars, switchgears, transformers etc. Concepts such as power, frequency, and voltage control will be examined and different types of transmission/distribution systems and their associated gears will be presented. Models of long, medium and short transmission lines will be introduced to assist in the calculation of power, voltage, current and power factor in an electrical system. Fault analysis in three-phase balanced systems will be studied together with fault calculations in power systems. The unit provides with an understanding to evaluate the response of the complex power system to variation of loads, and to determine how the system can be controlled to supply the loads reliably, while it is economical and safe to the environment.

Lectures will be used to introduce the key concepts and knowledge complemented by laboratories to extend and apply this knowledge. The tutorials focus on applying knowledge in solving engineering-related problems. Assessments are given to students to reinforce their knowledge gained during lectures/tutorials and to improve their information seeking abilities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of electric power systems, the components thereof, and analyze the respective configuration, operation and modelling.

          Bloom’s Level 4

  1. Apply knowledge in sequence circuits and carry out fault analysis.

           Bloom’s Level 3

  1. Calculate and interpret steady state power flow in power systems.

           Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Develop an understanding of and inspect the power system dynamics and stability.

          Bloom’s Level 4

  1. Apply techniques of power flow solutions including calculations of voltage, angles, losses, generated reactive power, slack power, etc. and discuss power flow solutions.

          Bloom’s Level 5

  1. Determine and plan economic dispatch in a power system.

          Bloom’s Level 6

  1. Explain modern power system structure and operation.

          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 After Topic 5)

Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

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

Example Topic: “Role of power system analysis in depicting the operation of whole network”, “Fault calculations for unit components of power systems” or “Mathematical calculations for standardization of whole power system e.g., pu calculations”.
After Topic 5 20% 1, 2

Assessment 2

Type: Report / Research /Literature review/ Case Study / Problem analysis / Project

Example: Report (Midterm Project)

[This will include a progress report; literature review, hypothesis, and proposed solution with concept workings]

Word length: 1000

Topic examples: “Iterative technique application for solving complex power system problems” or “Fault analysis in sequence networks of different power system components e.g., synchronous machines, transformers etc.

After Topic 8 25% 2, 3

Assessment 3

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

Example Topic: “A review of the state of art and the potential for practical fusion generation systems” or “The impact that climate change will have on lightning strike frequency and the potential effects that this will bring” or “A full life cycle analysis of a [PV or wind turbine or nuclear or large transformer] system, with net energy balance conclusions”

Word length: 2000
After Topic 10 35% 4,5

Assessment 4 - Practical Participation

Example: May be in the form of practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software, case studies OR practical problem analysis

Final Week 15% 4, 6, 7

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)

  • 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)

Recommended Reference Materials

• Hadi Saadat: Power System Analysis (third edition), 2011, 0-07-284796-4, McGraw Hill

• Kothari, D.P. and Nagrath, I.J., Power System Engineering, 3rd Edition, 2019, Tata McGraw Hill.

• Grainger J. J. and Stevenson W.D. Power System Analysis, 2016, McGraw Hill

• Cooray V. The Lightning Flash, 2nd edition, 2014, IET Digital Library.

• Looms, J.S.T., Insulators for High Voltage, IEE Power and Energy Series 30.

• Ryan H.M., High Voltage Engineering and Testing, IEE Power and Energy Series 30.

  • P. Hasse, Overvoltage Protection in Low Voltage Systems,2000, IEE Power and Energy Series 33
  • J.C. Whitaker, AC Power Systems Handbook, 3rd edition, CRC Press, 2007.
  • Wood, A & Wollenberg, B: Power Generation Operation & Control, Wiley, 3rd edition, 2013


Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week.


Topic 1

Overview of Power Systems Engineering

  1. Structure and growth of electrical power systems
  2. Single line diagram
  3. Impedance and reactance diagram
  4. Three phase systems
  5. Representation of power systems
  6. Per unit system of calculations

Topic 2 

Symmetrical Faults and Symmetrical Components - 1

  1. Importance of fault analysis in electrical power systems
  2. Faults and their types
  3. Sequences circuits of loads, generators and lines
  4. Sequence circuits of transformers and sequence networks
  5. Unsymmetrical fault current calculations

Topic 3

Symmetrical Faults and Symmetrical Components - 2

  1. The admittance model and network calculations
  2. Branch and node admittances
  3. Formulation of YBUS matrix
  4. Node elimination

Topic 4

Network Calculations

  1. The impedance model and network calculations
  2. Bus admittance and impedances matrices
  3. Formulation of ZBUS matrix


Topic 5

Power Flow Solutions -1

  1. Scope of load flow analysis in power systems
  2. Load flow problem formulation
  3. Introduction to power flow solutions
  4. Gauss- Seidel method: introduction, specification and application

Topic 6

Power Flow Solutions -2

  1. The Newton-Raphson method: Introduction, specification and application
  2. The Newton-Raphson power-flow solutions
  3. Power flow studies in system design and operation
  4. Case Study: application of Newton Raphson and Gauss-Seidel method on a practical problem and comparison of results

Topic 7

Power Flow Solutions -3

  1. Decoupled load flow analysis: introduction, specification and application
  2. Fast decoupled power flow solution;
  3. The “DC” power flow solution method

Topic 8

Stability Analysis

  1. Scope and significance
  2. Stability problem
  3. Steady state and transient stability
  4. Factors affecting stability
  5. Use of digital computer methods for stability studies


Topic 9

Transmission System Planning

  1. Load forecast
  2. Generation assumption
  3. Coincident generation outage
  4. Reactive power capability
  5. Rating of transmission equipment
  6. Economic dispatch and unit commitment

Topic 10

Introduction to Different Software 

  1. Software utilization in power system analysis
  2. List of practical/commercial software with specifications
  3. Algorithm explanation (using PowerWorld etc.)


Topic 11

Modern Power Systems

  1. Smart Grids: scope and applications
  2. Microgrids and their initiatives in Australia

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: PowerWorld; MATLAB

  • Version: N/A

  • Instructions:  N/A

  • Additional resources or files: N/A


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