ENEE14007 - Electrical Machines and Drives Applications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this project-based learning unit, you will analyse and design systems and components that convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. You will investigate the construction and operational characteristics of various DC and AC electrical machines, analyse machine protection and control schemes and select and specify machines for particular applications. Furthermore, you will learn about components and materials for electrical machines, and use power electronics to optimise the performance of energy conversion. You are expected to learn and work individually and in teams to complete projects, to develop interpersonal and technical communication skills and to prepare professional documentation, including problem solutions, electrical designs and project reports. Distance education students are required to have access to a computer, to make frequent use of the Internet. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Pre-requisite: 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 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
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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. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 15%
4. Written Assessment 40%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 15%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 30.00% 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: Unit evaluation
Students found this unit well-taught and appreciated the good level of support available throughout the term by the unit coordinator.
Continue this good practice.
Action Taken
Maintain this good practice.
Source: Unit evaluation
Students found some of the assessment questions not descriptive and clear as they should be.
In the future offering, add more details to the assessment questions to avoid confusion and more clarity.
Action Taken
More details were added to the assessment questions for more clarity.
Source: Unit evaluation
Learning materials in this unit might be not properly linked with a few online quiz questions.
In the future offering, check online quiz questions and make sure that the questions can be answered by students using the available learning resources on Moodle.
Action Taken
Quiz questions were revisited, and necessary adjustments were implemented where deemed necessary.
Source: In class feedback
Students acknowledged and appreciated the practicality of this unit, highlighting its direct relevance to real-world problems,
This good practice should be maintained.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Students perceived quiz questions as open to interpretation and subjectivity.
In future offerings, it is recommended that quiz questions should be revisited, and any instances of ambiguity or lack of clarity should be rectified.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare and explain features of DC and AC electrical machines
  2. Design and justify innovative electrical drive systems for industrial applications
  3. Apply protection and control schemes for electrical drives
  4. Deploy power electronic devices and circuits for optimising energy conversion in electrical drive system applications
  5. Create professional documentation of the design, analysis process and solutions using electrical terminology, symbols and diagrams
  6. Work collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs.

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: 2I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 2I )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4N )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5A )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3A 4A 5A )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 5A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2A 3I 4I 5A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 2A 5A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 1I 2A 3I 4I 5A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 2A 3A 4I 5A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 2A 3A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5A 6A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 2A 5A )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 2A 5A 6A )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2A 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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
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 10