• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rodney Kennedy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Power systems and power electronics devices are fundamental to the transmission, transformation and use of electrical energy that underpins much of modern society. This course provides a detailed introduction to the theoretical principles and operating characteristics of power systems, electric machines, and electrical energy conversion. By combining several topics that are often covered by separate electrical engineering courses, students will gain an integrated understanding and advanced technical knowledge of the power systems and power electronics fields. Theoretical material will be supplemented with software and hardware labs to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to model, analyse and design various power systems and power electronic components.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 

1. Apply power circuit analysis techniques to interpret and solve balanced and unbalanced three-phase power circuits and power networks with linear and non-linear loads.
2. Relate fundamental semiconductor physics to properties and operation of semiconductor switching devices, and identify and interpret those properties unique to power devices.
3. Understand the fundamental theory and operation of high-frequency switching circuits and combine circuit mathematics with characteristics of linear and non-linear devices to analyse and evaluate different power conversion applications.
4. Apply advanced knowledge and analysis techniques to design and critically assess key aspects of power converters such as rectifiers, DC-DC converters and AC-DC inverters.
5. Understand the fundamentals of transformers and induction motors, analyse and interpret their operation, and evaluate power circuits used for control of motors.
6. Critique various power electronics circuits, concepts and applications in the context of their impact upon the power network, in particular assessing the impacts on power quality, power factor and harmonic interference.
7. Research, design, construct and simulate a complete power conversion application based on a complex set of user specifications (major project).

Professional Skills Mapping: 

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Other Information

Modern power electronics devices and circuits are now in widespread use, across an ever-increasing number of power conversion and power control applications. The purpose of this course is to give a detailed introduction to the key aspects of power electronic circuits, components and design. Topics covered include power semiconductor devices, their characteristics and operation, and their use in power electronics circuits. Techniques for analysing and designing switch-mode power supplies, DC-DC converters, power rectifiers, static power inverters and universal power supplies are examined, along with electric machines, motors and transformers, and their associated power electronics drive requirements.  The course also gives an overview of the electrical power system and power systems analysis, in the context of power electronics applications and their interaction with the power network.

Indicative Assessment

This course is assessed across a range of assessment activities:

·         Laboratory Exercises (30%)

·         Online Quizzes (10%)

·         Major Project (20%)

·         Final Exam (40%)

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Eight two-hour tutorials (16 hours) Two two-hour computer labs (4 hours) Four three-hour hardware labs (HLAB2 has two sessions) (15 hours

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2218. Incompatible with ENGN6625.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7967 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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