ENEL280-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Principles of Electrical Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Magnetic circuits and materials. Phasor analysis of single and three phase power. Transformers. Principles of electrical generation and distribution systems, synchronous and induction machines. DC machines. Motor control.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and analyse single and three phase power circuits.
2. Understand magnetic fields, with particular reference to energy conversion applications.
3. Be familiar with the properties of different materials in magnetic fields.
4. Understand and analyse a range of applications involving these principles and materials.
5. Obtain some familiarity with electrical machine major components.
6. Be introduced to the design principles associated with dc and ac machines.
7. Be familiar with fundamental machine performance characteristics.
8. Have performed some dc and ac machine performance calculations.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry



Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00 Elec 110 Electrical Machines Lab
13 Mar - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 14 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Alan Wood


Paul Gaynor


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 1 40%
Labs 20%
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Carlson, A. Bruce , Gisser, David G; Electrical engineering : concepts and applications ; 2nd ed.; Addison-Wesley, 1990.

Chapman, Stephen J; Electric machinery fundamentals ; 5th ed; McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Nasar, S. A; Electric energy systems ; Prentice Hall, 1996.

Paul, Clayton R. , Nasar, S. A., Unnewehr, L. E; Introduction to electrical engineering ; 2nd ed.; McGraw-Hill, 1992.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,030.00

International fee $5,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

All ENEL280 Occurrences

  • ENEL280-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023