The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course introduces the theory of magnetic circuits, transformers and electromagnetic energy conversion and applies these fundamental principles to systems which rely on them. Topics considered may include three phase circuits, magnetic circuits, transformers, electromechanical energy conversion, transmission lines, introductory electric machines and power systems.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the theory necessary to analyse magnetic circuits.

2. Recognise the principles of electromagnetic energy conversion.

3. Apply the fundamental theories to the operating principles of and to model. a. Transformers; b. Rotating machines; c. Relays and solenoids; d. Transmission lines.

4. Interpret AC circuit theory in relation to three phase circuits in steady state, balanced and unbalanced.

5. Recognise the nature of power losses in major elements of an electromagnetic system.

6. Combine elements into a complete system and perform elementary analysis of the system as a whole.

7. Perform power and efficiency calculations for major components of the electromagnetic system and for the system as a whole.

8. Identify and adopt safe practices when working with electric systems containing energy conversion elements.


Three phase circuits

  • Balanced and unbalanced circuits
  • Power

Magnetic circuits

  • Magnetic fields
  • MMF
  • Magnetic flux
  • B-H characteristics


  • Ideal and practical transformer
  • Transformer characteristics

Electromechanical energy conversion

  • Energy stored in a magnetic field
  • Inductance
  • Electromagnetic force
  • Elementary concepts in rotating machines

Electromagnetic actuators

  • Relays
  • Solenoids

Transmission Line Modelling

  • Transmission line parameters
  • Transmission line models
  • Wave equation

Power System Representation

  • Per Unit System
  • Analysis

Assumed knowledge

ELEC1310 (previously ELEC1300) and ELEC2320

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online tests

Quiz: Lab Quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab Reports

Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

A recording of the Lecture will be available online


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

No tutorials will be held in week 1