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ELEC3206: Electrical Energy Conversion Systems

This unit of study aims to give students a good understanding of electrical energy conversion techniques and equipment. Students who successfully complete this unit will: Have a broad view of electrical energy conversion systems including transformers, DC machines, induction machines and synchronous machines; Be able to analyse and solve problems in transformers and electric machines; Have gained confidence in their ability to undertake more advanced study in the power area. The following specific topics are covered: magnetic circuits, inductance, sinusoidal excitation, hysteresis and eddy current loss, permanent magnets, electromechanical energy conversion, singly-excited and doubly-excited systems, transformers, single-phase, equivalent circuit parameters, three-phase transformers, autotransformers, DC machines, separate excitation, shunt excitation, series excitation, and compound excitation, efficiency, armature reaction, induction machines, revolving field, equivalent circuit, squirrel cage machines, measurements of the parameters, DC resistance test, no-load test, blocked-rotor test, synchronous machines, field relationships, power-angle relationships, salient pole machines.


Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC3206
Unit name Electrical Energy Conversion Systems
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

Following concepts are assumed knowledge for this unit of study: familiarity with circuit theory, electronic devices, ac power, capacitors and inductors, and electric circuits such as three-phase circuits and circuits with switches, the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope and power supply.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Jing Qiu,
Lecturer(s) Jing Qiu ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Final exam type C
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5 LO4
Assignment group assignment Lab report
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO2
Assignment Assignment
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Mid-sem quiz
Online Canvas quiz (in-class assessment)
10% Week 06 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • Lab report: 5 laboratory experiments.
  • Mid-sem exam: to monitor students’ progress and provide feedback to students.
  • Assignment: assignment on current R and D of electrical energy conversion systems.
  • Final exam: final exam.
  • Participation: to encourage students to actively participate in tutorial discussions.

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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. UoS review; 2. Review of electric power circuits Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Magnetic circuits Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1
Week 03 Transformers Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Transformers Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 DC machines and control Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3
Week 06 DC machines and control Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3
Week 07 AC machinery fundamentals Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3
Week 08 Induction machines Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Induction machines Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Synchronous machines Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Synchronous machines Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Special motors Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Revision Lecture and tutorial (2 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

  • Electric Machinary Fundamentals

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

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. instigate inquiry for knowledge development, drawing on varied information sources and media formats and synthesise the information most pertinent to the design of AC or DC machines for particular application
  • LO2. work in a team and promote creative team interaction to encourage contribution from all members so as to deliver specific engineering projects and assignments
  • LO3. analyse, design and control an AC or DC machine for a particular application
  • LO4. perform calculations on machines using power quality concept and electrical circuit theories to the extent of the information presented
  • LO5. explain the theory of machinery.

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.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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