ECE4053 - Electrical energy - generation and supply - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Dr Reza Rezzaghi (Clayton)
Dr Charles Raymond (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ECE2061 or ECE3161 or TRC2500


ECE3051 or (TRC3501 and TRC3600)


ECE4503, ECE4057, ECE4507, ECE5507, ECE5053, ECE5503


This unit aims to develop the foundation for exploring tools and methods to analyse electric power systems. It provides an introduction to main elements such as generators, transformers, transmission lines, and loads and their mathematical models. Then using these models, the unit presents analytical tools to analyse the power system in steady state and under fault conditions. In particular, tools and techniques for power flow, symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults, voltage control, frequency control, and system stability will be studied in detail. Finally, electromagnetic transients in power systems will be introduced.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Synthesise a power system structure and appreciate the role of the main elements
  • Analyse three phase systems to calculate voltages, currents, active power, and reactive power.
  • Apply power flow analysis to power networks
  • Analyse power systems subject to symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults
  • Appraise power system stability and the impacting factors
  • Appreciate electromagnetic transients in power systems


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week

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