ENEE13021 - Power System Analysis and Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

On the satisfactory completion of this unit, you will be able to work both individually and in-team to model, analyse and investigate design and operation options for electrical power networks to meet community service requirements. You will be able to analyse the steady-state performance of power systems, perform both symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault calculations, and conduct stability analysis of power systems. As such, you will articulate the process of updating and maintaining power network assets to meet most safety, reliability, and quality requirements for both present and future needs.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
ENEE12015 Electrical Power Engineering. 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
4. Take Home Exam 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.43% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student survey
Students request publication of more detailed assessment rubrics in advance.
Publish more detailed assessment rubrics along with assessment items at the start of term.
Action Taken
An in-detail rubric was designed and released for each assessment accordingly. The marking was also done as per the rubrics and then, helpful and clarifying feedback was given to students on each assessment. This has resulted in a significant satisfaction rise, as can be seen from the Unit Evaluation Data.
Source: Student survey
Students request faster assessment return.
Involve markers to do this if necessary. Also structure assessment will be re-visited to avoid two assessments being due on the same day.
Action Taken
All the assessments were returned by the promised deadline, along with proper feedback. The positive impact can be seen in Unit Evaluation Data, with a significant rise concerning "Assessment Return", from 2.9 in Term 2, 2019 to 4.3 in Term 2, 2020.
Source: Student feedback
Students appreciated the lecture content to be assisting the tutorial questions
Continue this good practice
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection/Student Feedback
Poor quality of tutorial materials
Update the tutorial material
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback
The students expected project problems to be released earlier in the term
Release the problems for the project activity earlier in the term
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection
Lack of good quality presentation slides for the lectures
Improve the slides by embedding some simulation results.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Calculate fault currents under different scenarios and discuss the selection of appropriate protection schemes
  2. Solve power flow problems and appreciate the relevance of such studies in power system planning and operation
  3. Analyse power system performance in both balanced and unbalanced modes of operation by using appropriate software packages
  4. Investigate power angle stability for both single-machine and multimachine power systems
  5. Work both collaboratively and autonomously to analyse and solve problems
  6. Communicate effectively using power systems terminology, symbols and diagrams to present design documents, solutions, and calculations.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 3I 6I )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 3I )

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2I 3I 4A )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A 6I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4I 5A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I 6A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 2I 3A 4I 5I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 3A 5A 6A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
4 - Take Home Exam
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)