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ELEC3203: Electricity Networks

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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. The control of active and reactive power. Electricity markets, market structures and economic dispatch.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ELEC3203
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

This unit of study assumes a competence in 1000 level MATH (in particular, the ability to work with complex numbers), in elementary circuit theory and in basic electromagnetics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Gregor Verbic,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
hurdle task
Final exam
2-hour supervised (in-person) exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Small continuous assessment In-class quiz
The Canvas quiz will consist of T/F, MCQ and computational questions.
20% Ongoing 20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Pre-lab work 1
Written report
3.75% Week 04
Due date: 11 Mar 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6
Assignment Pre-lab work 2
Written report
3.75% Week 06
Due date: 25 Mar 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO6
Assignment Lab report 1
Written report
3.75% Week 07
Due date: 09 Apr 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO7
Assignment Lab report 2
Written report
3.75% Week 09
Due date: 22 Apr 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Assignment Pre-lab work 3
Written report
3.75% Week 10
Due date: 29 Apr 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO4
Assignment Lab report 3
Written report
3.75% Week 12
Due date: 13 May 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
Assignment Pre-lab work 4
Written report
3.75% Week 13
Due date: 20 May 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO2
Assignment Lab report 4
Written report
3.75% Week 13
Due date: 24 May 2024 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Final exam: The final exam is a closed book exam. A minimum of 40% is required to pass the exam.
  • Lab Report: Laboratory practice and report.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Overview of electric power systems Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 AC circuit analysis and complex power Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Transformer basics Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Three-phase transformer connections Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Transmission line parameters Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Transmission line performance Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Synchronous generator modelling Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 Formulation of the power flow problem Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 09 Power flow solution techniques Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 10 Power flow solution techniques Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 11 Power system control Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 12 Electricity markets Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 13 Future electric power systems Lecture (2 hr) LO1
One laboratory session where students use computer simulations to study power flows in an electric power system. Simulation laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6 LO7
Weekly 12 weekly tutorials where students solve practical problems discussed in the lecture. Tutorial (24 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Three laboratory sessions in Weeks 4-11 where students use an analog power system simulator to analyse different aspects of power system operation. Science laboratory (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Weekly homework activity where students prepare for class by watching video lectures and solving practice online quizzes. Individual study (24 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • J. Duncan Glover, Mulukutla S. Sarma, Thomas Overbye, Power System Analysis & Design (5th Edition). CENGAGE Learning, 2012. 9781111425791.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and describe the operation of electric power systems.
  • LO2. Apply circuit and phasor analysis techniques and the per-unit system to model and analyse three-phase electric circuits under balanced conditions.
  • LO3. Develop steady-state models of fundamental electric power system components, including transformers, transmission lines and generators and use them to build and analyse a simple power system model,
  • LO4. Formulate the power flow problem, solve it using different approaches, and assess their performance.
  • LO5. Understand and explain the fundamental principles of economic dispatch and power system control.
  • LO6. Communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work.
  • LO7. Engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and the process of learning.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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