The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course covers the physical and electrical properties of the equipment used in power systems, and discusses the analytical techniques used in their planning, operation and evaluation. The course provides the students with an opportunity to develop a range of advanced skills necessary to analyse, plan, design and operate the various equipment used in power systems.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate expertise on the equipment used in power systems, and knowledge of the physical and electrical properties of this equipment.

2. Conduct the mathematical analysis needed in the planning, design, operation and evaluation of power systems, and choose the correct analysis tool needed.

3. Use computer-based simulation tools for power system analysis.

4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of issues associated with power systems operation, including technical (e.g reliability and redundancy) and non-technical (e.g market factors).


  1. Review of the power systems
  2. Steady state system analysis
  3. Voltage control
  4. Fault studies
  5. Frequency control in power systems
  6. Transient and dynamic stability
  7. Power quality and harmonic distortion
  8. Transmission systems
  9. Energy economics


This course has similarities to ELEC4100. If you have completed ELEC4100, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ELEC2132 Electric Energy Systems, ELEC3130 Electric Machines and Power Systems or equivalent

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Final examination

Quiz: Mid-semester quiz

Project: Project

Written Assignment: Assignments x 3

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term Full Term


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


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