MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE534
Course Unit DetailsMSc Electrical Engineering (Technical Electives) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Analyse The Power Supply system, Generation, Transmission, Distribution.
  2. Analyse Planning at distribution level, objectives.
  3. Calculate Overhead Lines /Underground cables characteristics.
  4. Analysis Thermal Rating parameters of cables.
  5. Determine Types of EG, Problems induced by EG operation.
  6. Analyse Load forecasting issues, various distribution loads.
  7. Describe Types of protection systems and protection device design, protection principles
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Introduction, the supply system: the power supply system, generation, transmission, distribution, characteristics after privatisation, operating voltages

Distribution network planning: planning objectives, long term planning, reinforcement planning, updating planning.

Distribution system lines and configuration: overhead lines configuration, underground cables construction and configuration

Thermal resistance and rating of overhead lines and underground cables: thermal rating, heat input, heat losses. Thermal performance of cables, thermal resistance of single core cable. Underground cable transient thermal performance.

Embedded generation issues: types of eg, problems induced by eg operation.

Distribution loads, induced problems: load forecasting, domestic , commercial, industrial, special loads.

Introduction to types of switchgear used in distribution:  types of protection systems and protection device design (oil, air, vacuum, and sf6). Introduction to protection principles, arc extension contact erosion.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Electric Power Distribution equipment and Systems, T.A.Short, Taylor and Francis, 2006, CRC Press
  • Elements of power system analysis, William D, Stevenson Jr, 4th ed. Mc Graw-Hill, 2002
  • E. Hughes, Electrical technology , Longman, 1995
  • Power system Analysis Second Edition, Hadi Saadat, McGraw-Hill, 2002
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Students are taught the course through lectures (3 hours per week) in classrooms or lectures theatres, by means of traditional tools or using computer demonstration.

Auditory exercises, where examples regarding matter represented at the lectures, are solved and further, questions related to particular open-ended topic issues are compiled by the students and answered, during the lecture or assigned as homework.

Topic notes are compiled by students, during the lecture which serve to cover the main issues under consideration. Students are also advised to use the subject’s textbook or reference books for further reading and practice in solving related exercises. Tutorial problems are also submitted as homework and these are solved during lectures or privately during lecturer’s office hours.

Students are prepared for final exam, by revision on the matter taught, problem solving and concept testing and are also trained to be able to deal with time constraints and revision timetable. The final assessment of the students is formative and is assured to comply with the subject’s expected learning outcomes and the quality of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO