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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC3575 Electric Power Systems

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Sadegh Azizi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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 covers fundamentals of power system modelling, analysis and operation. The contents are deepened through lab exercises employing DIgSILENT PowerFactory.

This module gives students an understanding of the various layers and components in modern power networks and how power systems are operated. It provides the student with relevant programming tools (DIgSILENT PowerFactory) to model, design and analyse power systems.

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

1. Explain the functioning and modelling of the main components in a power system.
2. Be able to solve basic load flow calculations.
3. Understand the principles of planning and operation of power systems.
4. Have an overview of future trends in power systems and smart grids.
5. Appreciate, through basic case studies, the technical challenges in both the design and the operation of power systems.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Power system concepts: single- and three-phase systems, phasor representation in sinusoidal steady-state, real and reactive power, per unit system
Fundamentals and modelling of power system components: generators, loads, transformers, transmission lines, efficiency and power loss
Power flow analysis: admittance matrix, power flow equations, Newton-Raphson method
Fundamentals of power system operation and smart grid technologies

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 Learning42.008.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Practising examples and revising for final exam. Preparation for laboratory work, analysis of results and composition of laboratory report.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be mainly provided through the examples classes.

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: 10/08/2020 08:35:35


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