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Unit of study_

ELEC9203: Electricity Networks

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. Power system transient stability. The control of active and reactive power. Electricity markets, market structures and economic dispatch. Types of electricity grids, radial, mesh, networks. Distribution systems and smart grids.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC9203
Unit name Electricity Networks
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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ELEC3203 OR ELEC5732
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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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.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Gregor Verbic, gregor.verbic@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
2-hour timed Canvas quiz
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
Skills based evaluation Lab report 3
3.75% STUVAC n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Pre-lab work 1
3.75% Week 04 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Pre-lab work 2
3.75% Week 07 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Skills based evaluation Lab report 1
3.75% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Small test Mid-semester test
Timed Canvas Quiz
10% Week 09 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO8 LO6 LO5 LO4
Skills based evaluation Lab report 2
3.75% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Pre-lab work 3
3.75% Week 11 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Project
Computation-based assignement
20% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Skills based evaluation Lab report 4
3.75% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Pre-lab work 4
3.75% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • Project: Students are to submit a power system planning exercise using industry grade power flow software.
  • Final exam: The final exam is a closed book exam. A minimum of 40% is required to pass the exam.

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 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. Unit overview; 2. History and overview of electric power systems (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 02 AC circuit analysis and complex power; (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 Transformers (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 04 Three phase transformer connections (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Construction of overhead lines and cables (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Bundling of conductors (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 Transmission line models and performance (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 08 The formulation of the load flow problem (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Solution of non-linear algebraic equations using Gauss-Seidel method (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Newton-Raphson method (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Generation (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 12 Overview of electricity markets and power system control (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Revision (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

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.

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. 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
  • LO2. 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
  • LO3. solve problems specific to the operation of engineering power systems by undertaking information investigation and selection and adopting a system based approach
  • LO4. understanding the per unit systems to the extent of the course content
  • LO5. perform analysis using per unit systems
  • LO6. 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
  • LO7. 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
  • LO8. apply fundamental scientific concepts and procedures to the specific engineering models developed in the unit.

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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No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

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