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ELEC5211: Power System Dynamics and Control (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC5211: Power System Dynamics and Control (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ma, Jin
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: Knowledge on Alternating Current (AC) circuit analysis is essential. Knowledge on power flow solution and the basic control methods are not compulsory but helpful to get deeper understandings and comprehensive views on knowledge learned in this unit.
Brief Handbook Description: Different from the traditional lecture based teaching way, this unit tries to maximize your involvements to help you learn the knowledge on power system dynamic modelling, analysis and control. The unit consists of two major parts. The first 7 weeks focus on gaining a deep understanding on power system dynamics and control through mixed lecture and hands-on problem solving; The last 6 weeks target on building the skills in applying the knowledge learned to solve dynamic problems related to two typical types of power systems through two projects.

The unit will cover the following topics:

- The links between power system steady state analysis and transient analysis

- Basics of dynamic system in general and stability analysis methods;

- Analysis of power systems subject to electromagnetic and electromechanical transients;

- Power system modelling for stability analysis and electromagnetic transients analysis: Synchronous machine modelling; Various generator models for stability analysis and control; Modelling of the transmission system; Load modelling;

- Operation mechanisms of excitation controller and governor control;

- Computer Simulation of power system dynamics

- Stability analysis: Transient stability; Small signal stability; Voltage stability;

- Power system control: Voltage control; Power system transient stability control; Power system small-signal stability control; Emergency control.

The unit is a specialist Unit for MPE (Power & Electrical) and ME (Power & Electrical). It is also available as a recommended elective for BE Electrical.
Assumed Knowledge: Circuit analysis
Lecturer/s: Dr Ma, Jin
Timetable: ELEC5211 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 5
3 Laboratory 1.00 6
4 Independent Study 3.00 1 13
T&L Activities: In the first 7 weeks, a 2-hour lecture is scheduled for each week. Quite a few hands-on problem solving practices are mixed with the lecture to maximize the students` involvements and increase the discussion and interaction with the students during the teaching.

The tutorial is an one-hour session from Week 3 to Week 7. The tutorials provide the analytical and calculation examples using the fundamental concepts explained in the lectures and practice the problem solving skills.

Week 8 and Week 9 focus on the lab work on dynamic modeling, analysis and control on Single Machine Infinite Bus System that is one typical type of power systems. The lecturer will guide the students through the lab design in the first 2 hours and in the last 1-hour practice session, the tutor helps the student complete the lab work.

Week 10 to Week 13 focus on the project work related to a complex power system using IEEE benchmark system. In the first 2-hour session each week, the lecturer helps students complete the staged job design and start to work on its implementation. In the last 1-hour session, the tutor helps the students to complete the work.

Independent Study: Review and reflect the knowledge learned in each week.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Gain an understanding of power system stability. Apply mathematic and modelling skills to analyse and model power systems for dynamic analysis. Apply dedicated simulation tools to analyse the behaviour of power systems electromechanical dynamics subject to disturbances. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to work in a team by assuming diverse roles, aiding or initiating the process of team interaction and drawing on and being receptive to others' viewpoints, to try and solve a specific engineering task.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
2. Ability to investigate inquiries and develop knowledge by drawing on a vast source of professional documents in various formats and synthesising the information to solve a specific engineering problem.
3. Ability to present concise information accurately using varied formats and media to a level appropriate to the expected understanding from this Unit of Study.
4. Ability to write a report to communicate complex project specific information concisely and accurately and to the degree of specificity required by the engineering project at hand.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Understand the stability concepts and analysis methods in general and their specific applications in power system stability analysis and control.
6. Gain a deep understanding on power system modeling for stability analysis.
7. Gain a deep understanding of power system behaviour under transient conditions.
8. Ability to analyse transient behaviour of power systems based on rigorous mathematical tools.
9. Ability to apply simulation tools to analyse power systems under transient conditions and to design the controls to enable stable and secure power system operation.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Mid-Sem Quiz No 15.00 Week 7 5, 6, 7,
3 Lab Yes 15.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9,
4 Project Yes 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: Covering all aspects of the unit of study.

Mid-semester Quiz: Closebook exams to monitor students`progresses and provide feedback to students on their learning levels. Mid-semester quiz is scheduled at 5:05pm-5:55pm on Monday of Week 7.

Lab: Practical group work to carry out the power system steady state and dynamic analysis for a Single Machine Infinite Bus system.

Project: Build a model of a multi-machine power system and analyse its dynamic behavior using simulation methods.

Minimum Performance Criteria: The WAM of all assessment components reaches 50 marks.

Mark Moderation: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Penalties for lateness: The penalty for lateness in submitting the Lab reports and project reports is 5% per day.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Power System Stability and Control
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Power System Control and Stability

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Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Electrical (till 2014) 2014
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2014
Electrical (Power) (till 2014) 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2014
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2014
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Electrical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Power) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 3.5%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 8%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 88.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.