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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5516M Smart Grid Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Amir Abiri Jahromi

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


This module introduces students to the concepts behind future sustainable electricity systems with increased penetration of distributed microgenerators.

Objectives: To provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to the integration of distributed generators (including renewable sources), their control and protection methods, and tools to analyse their impact to the grid.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand the basic planning and operation aspects of power systems.
2. Be able to perform basic power flow and fault calculations and analyse the steady state operation of systems with distributed generators.
3. Be able to analyse basic case studies concerning the integration of distributed generators, understand the technical challenges, and provide solutions.
4. Be able to use computer tools to analyse the performance of systems with grid-connected microgeneration and make practical demonstrations.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Power system structure and operation: Description of power system structure, mathematical modelling of basic components, and analysis techniques. Fundamentals of grid operation, voltage and frequency control
Power flow analysis: formulation of the power flow problem (number of equations and variables, bus classification, etc) and popular solution techniques (Newton-Raphson, DC power flow)
Fault analysis and protection: modelling of networks under fault, symmetrical fault calculations, asymmetrical fault calculations, basic protection techniques (voltage, frequency, islanding, etc.)
Intelligent solutions for Power quality correction and Power flow control: FACTS devices, control of distributed generators through ICT

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning41.004.00
Private study hours146.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for examples classes/laboratory classes and to prepare for summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during the laboratory work and submission of the report.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 435.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/11/2020


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