ENEL480-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Electrical Power Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course is designed to build on Electric Power and Machines (ENEL382) by giving a more in-depth treatment of some areas (power-flow and fault analysis) while covering in detail new areas such as reliability assessment and protection. New developments in electrical power systems are covered. In the process of teaching this course and by using a design assignment as problem-based learning tool students will learn how a large real power system will perform and how to engineer solutions to identified problems.

Topics covered include:

1. Power-flow Analysis
2. Fault Analysis
3. Protection
4. Reliability analysis
5. Smart Grids
6. Power Quality
7. Trends and developments in electrical power systems

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Understand the laws and concepts governing the behaviour of an interconnected electrical power system
2. Understand the various types of analysis used for analysing electrical power systems, their purpose and essential features (for both steady-state and transient conditions)
3. Understand the more sophisticated power-flow analysis (AC/DC and motor-starting studies)
4. Understand and able to perform Fault analysis for balanced and unbalanced faults.
5. Apply knowledge of power system behaviour to design a solution that addresses problems with a real-life future scenario (this is an open-ended complex design problem)
6. Discern good and bad developments based on technical, environmental and fiscal reasons (i.e. the development of critical thinking).
7. Perform Protection systems calculations
8. Understand and perform Reliability analysis on Generation & Transmission systems, Distribution systems and interconnected power systems
9. Understand the Smart Grid concept
10. Understand present trends and developments in electrical power systems
11. Prepare appropriately detailed formal engineering report




Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:30 11 May - 17 May

Course Coordinator

Neville Watson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 30%
Test 30%
Exam 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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  • ENEL480-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020