Last Updated S012019


Unit Code MEE601
Unit Duration 1 Term (online) or 1 Semester (on-campus)

Master of Engineering ( Electrical Systems )

Duration: 2 years  

Year Level Two
Unit Creator / Reviewer Prof. Akhtar Kalam
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points


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 unit of study presents a study of electrical power systems, their analysis and operation. The students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in the unit will cover topics of generation, transmission, distribution, analysis, and operation at introductory levels. Concepts of 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 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. An outline of the electricity distribution in the deregulated Australian power industry will be given, and network calculations and the bus-admittance matrix will be covered. The Gauss-Siedel, Newton-Raphson, and Fast Decoupled load flow analysis methods and their application to the solution of complex networks will be introduced.

Lectures will be used to introduce the key concepts and knowledge complemented by laboratories, and to extend and apply this knowledge. The tutorials focus on applying knowledge in solving engineering-related problems. Assignments are given to students to help them reinforce the 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 the respective configuration and operation.
Bloom’s Level 6
2. Demonstrate knowledge in sequence circuits.
Bloom’s Level 6
3. Carry out fault analysis in a balanced three-phase system using an equivalent single phase circuit.
Bloom’s Level 6
4. Develop an understanding of the admittance model and the impedance model.
Bloom’s Level 6
5. Apply techniques of power flow solutions including calculations of voltage, angles, losses, generated reactive power, slack power, etc.
Bloom’s Level 6
6. Critically analyse transmission systems, and identify solutions to power system problems.
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
Topic examples: “An assessment of the environmental impact of thermal (coal and gas) generation and nuclear generation” “A review of the progress in the search for a replacement gas for SF6 in electrical power systems” “The safety hazards associated with the operation of large scale PV generation systems”)
Week 5 20% 1, 2,3

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 proposed solution with concept workings]

Word length: 1000

Topic examples: “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”

Week 8 25% 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: workings, implementation, results, 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
Final week 35% 4,5,6

Practical Participation

Example: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies
Continuous 15% 3

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

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

Continuous 5% 1 - 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)
Reference Materials
• Hadi Saadat: Power System Analysis (Second edition), 2002, 0-07-284796-4, McGraw Hill
• Kothari, D.P. and Nagrath, I.J., Power System Engineering, 2nd Edition, 2008, Tata McGraw Hill.
• Grainger J. J. and Stevenson W.D. Power System Analysis, 1994, McGraw Hill Stephen J. Chapman, “Electric Machinery     and Power System Fundamentals”, McGraw Hill, 2002.
• Stagg.G.W. and El-Abiad A.H., 1968, Computer Methods in Power System Analysis, McGraw.
• Cooray V. The Lightning Flash, 2003, IEEE Power and Energy Series 34.
• Grainger J. J. and Stevenson W.D. Power System Analysis, 1994, McGraw Hill
• 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.
• Kamaraju, V and Naidu, M.S., High Voltage Engineering, 1996, Tata McGraw Hill.
• Greenwood, A., Electrical Transients in Power Systems, 2nd edition, 1991, John Wiley.
• IDC/ EIT 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

Electricity distribution in the deregulated Australian power industry

Topic 2 - 4

Symmetrical Faults; Symmetrical Faults and Symmetrical Components;

1. Sequences Circuits of Loads, Generator and Line; Sequence Circuits of Transformers and Sequence Networks;
2. Unsymmetrical Fault Current Calculations. Fault Current Calculation Examples
3. The admittance model and network calculations. Branch and node admittances.
4. Formulation of YBUS matrix. Node elimination.

Topic 5

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


Topics 6 and 7

1. Power flow solutions.
2. Introduction to Gauss- Seidel Method.


Topics 8 and 9

1. The Newton-Raphson method.
2. The Newton-Raphson power-flow solutions.
3. Power flow studies in system design and operation

Topic 10

 Fast Decoupled Power Flow; The “DC” Power Flow

Topic 11

Transmission System Planning
1. Load forecast
2. Generation assumption
3. Coincident generation outage
4. Reactive power capability
5. Rating of transmission equipment

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.





Software/Hardware Used


  • Software: ETAP 18; MATLAB 9.6 (R2019a)

  • Version: N/A

  • Instructions:  N/A

  • Additional resources or files: N/A


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