ENEE14005 - Capstone Power and Control Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will work in a team to analyse, design and prepare documentation for assigned projects using commercial software in the area of electrical power and control, with a focus on renewable energy. On satisfactory completion, you will be able to investigate solution options for an engineering problem in the area of electrical power and control, as well as, plan and control project work in a team environment, and document their professional decision-making processes; research current art of the discipline, check and evaluate validity of information, and prepare professional documentation for a project. Online students will be required to attend a residential school to promote development of unit learning outcomes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

ENEE13021 Power System Analysis & Design (Pre-Requisite), and

ENEE13019 Control Systems Analysis & Design (Pre-Requisite).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 20%
2. Online Test 20%
3. Portfolio 60%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40.63% 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 unit evaluations and informal class feedback
Masters students did not have required background
Decouple the unit from the masters course and have a dedicated unit available for masters students which is better suited for their academic backgrounds.
Action Taken
This was done.
Source: Observations of teaching staff and fellow students
Some students, in particular the masters students, did not work on their projects until the end of term.
Add assessment items, for example quizzes, throughout the term, and certainly within the first four weeks of term.
Action Taken
This was done with two quizzes being included as part of the assessment.
Source: Feedback from administration staff at grade confirmation meeting.
Awarding of SA grades problematic with this style of portfolio assessment with only non-numerical grades being awarded.
Assign marks to assessment items.
Action Taken
This was also done.
Source: Student survey
Student appreciated the inclusion of solar PV in PSS/E in the unit.
Continue focus on renewable energy.
Action Taken
Source: Student survey
Students feel that the unit is too much focused on Power and Control.
To look at Power and Control components.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform advanced loadflow, stability and power quality calculations using commercial software
  2. Tune power system controllers to obtain desired performance
  3. Adequately size and site renewable generation and storage, and design transmission infrastructure so as to provide a sustainable and reliable power supply
  4. Produce a design which satisfies Australian Standards and National Electricity rules and takes into account the principles of environmental, social, and economic sustainability
  5. Present a design solution in the form of a report, a presentation, and a short paper suitable for presentation at a professional engineering conference
  6. Communicate, work and learn, both individually and in teams, in a professional manner.

The learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage One Competencies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Test
2 - Online Test
3 - Portfolio
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
8 - Ethical practice
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
3 - Portfolio
1 - Online Test
2 - Online Test