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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5516M Smart Grid Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Amir Abiri Jahromi

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. 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) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.


This module introduces students to the concepts behind future sustainable electricity systems with increased use of distributed microgenerators. Students gain a 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 on the grid.

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

1. Discuss the detailed planning and operation of power systems.
2. Perform power flow and fault calculations and analyse the steady state operation of power systems.
3. Using case studies, analyse the generation and transmission of electric power, and propose solutions.
4. Use computational methods to analyse the performance of electric power systems.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Power system structure and operation: Description of power system structure, mathematical modelling of 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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Examples Class111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment 130.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 25/01/2022 14:22:47


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