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ELEC9203: Electricity Networks (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC9203: Electricity Networks (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Verbic, Gregor
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC3203 OR ELEC5732.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study provides an introduction to electrical power engineering and lays the groundwork for more specialised units. It assumes a competence in first-year mathematics (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in elements of introductory physics. A revision will be carried out of the use of phasors in steady-state ac circuit analysis and of power factor and complex power. The unit comprises an overview of modern electric power system with particular emphasis on generation and transmission. The following specific topics are covered. The use of three-phase systems and their analysis under balanced conditions. Transmission lines: calculation of parameters, modelling, analysis. Transformers: construction, equivalent circuits. Generators: construction, modelling for steady-state operation. The use of per unit system. The analysis of systems with a number of voltage levels. The load flow problem: bus and impedance matrices, solution methods. Overview of electricity markets and power system control.
Assumed Knowledge: This unit of study assumes a competence in first year mathematics (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in basic electromagnetics.
Lecturer/s: Dr Verbic, Gregor
Timetable: ELEC9203 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 4
4 Independent Study 3.00 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Independent Study

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. 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.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
2. Work in a group, manage or be managed by a leader in roles that optimise the contribution of all members while showing initiative and receptiveness so as to jointly achieve engineering project goals in a laboratory environment.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. Solve problems specific to the operation of engineering power systems by undertaking information investigation and selection and adopting a system based approach.
4. Understanding the per unit systems to the extent of the course content.
5. Perform analysis using per unit systems.
6. Understand specific tools such as load flow software and the information provided by such tools to the extent of exercises and projects set throughout the course.
7. Examine the relationship between load flow software and other computer-based software used in modern power systems, by looking into the concepts, principles and techniques employed.
8. Apply fundamental scientific concepts and procedures to the specific engineering models developed in the unit.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Pre-lab work 1 No 3.75 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Pre-lab work 2 No 3.75 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Lab Report 1 No 3.75 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Mid-semester exam No 10.00 Week 9 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,
5 Pre-lab work 3 No 3.75 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Lab Report 2 No 3.75 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
7 Project No 20.00 Week 12 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
8 Pre-lab work 4 No 3.75 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9 Lab Report 4 No 3.75 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
10 Lab Report 3 No 3.75 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
11 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: Lab Report: Laboratory practice and report

Project: Power system planning exercise using industry grade power flow software.

Final Exam: Two-hour closed book. A minimum of 40% required to pass the exam.
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.
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.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Overview of the unit: syllabus, assessment, assumed knowledge, learning outcomes, relationship to other units of study. Brief history and overview of electric power systems. Generation, transmission and distribution.
Week 2 Lecture: Revision of ac circuit analysis and complex power. Analysis of three phase circuits under balanced conditions. Per phase equivalent circuits.
Week 3 Lecture: Review of transformers. Equivalent circuit of a single phase transformer. Per unit systems for single phase and three phase systems. Change of base.
Assessment Due: Pre-lab work 1
Week 4 Lecture: Three phase transformer connections. Per phase equivalent circuits for three phase transformers.
Week 5 Lecture: Construction of overhead lines and cables. Calculation of transmission line inductance.
Week 6 Lecture: Bundling of conductors. Geometric mean distance and geometric mean radius. Calculation transmission line and capacitance.
Assessment Due: Pre-lab work 2
Week 7 Lecture: Transmission line models and performance. Short, medium length and long line models. A, B, C, D parameters. Transmission capability of lines. Surge impedance loading. Line compensation.
Assessment Due: Lab Report 1
Week 8 Lecture: The formulation of the load flow problem. The bus admittance matrix. MatPower basics (needed for Lab 3).
Week 9 Lecture: Solution of non-linear algebraic equations using Gauss-Seidel method. Setting up the load flow equations.
Assessment Due: Mid-semester exam
Week 10 Lecture: Newton-Raphson method. Special load flow solution techniques.
Assessment Due: Pre-lab work 3
Week 11 Lecture: Generation. Construction of synchronous generators; turbo- and hydro-generators. Models of generators for steady-state operation.
Assessment Due: Lab Report 2
Week 12 Lecture: Overview of electricity markets and power system control.
Assessment Due: Project
Week 13 Lecture: Revision
Assessment Due: Pre-lab work 4
Assessment Due: Lab Report 4
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Lab Report 3
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Electrical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Power) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 8.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 4.5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 87.01%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) 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.