• Class Number 5320
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Iman Shames
    • Prof Iman Shames
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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. Students will also have the opportunity to explore emerging challenges or new technologies through an independent research activity on a topic of their choice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use electrical physics concepts to understand and explain the properties and operation of power systems and power electronics components, and apply circuit analysis techniques to interpret, analyse and evaluate three-phase circuits, power systems and associated components.
  2. Formulate and model power load flow problems, determine effective solutions to the formulated problems, and critically assess the performance of the determined solutions.
  3. Apply the theory and operating principles of electric machines to explain and evaluate their properties and characteristics when integrated into power systems.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge and analysis techniques to design and critically assess key aspects of power conversion.
  5. Research, design, and construct or simulate a complete power system and/or power electronics application based on a complex set of user requirements.
  6. Appreciate the importance of stability, reliability and safety of power systems from the perspective of consumers and other stakeholders and identify and discuss the recent developments and emerging challenges facing modern power systems and power electronics devices.
  7. Apply research skills to develop an expert understanding of a complex or emerging power system and/or power electronics technology beyond the scope of supplied course materials, perform an evaluation and appraisal of the technology, and communicate the research outcomes concisely and accurately using appropriate media.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.


Fundamentals of Power Electronics Paperback (any edition) by Robert W. Erickson and Dragan Maksimovic

Electric Power Principles: Sources, Conversion, Distribution and Use (2nd Edition) by James L. Kirtley

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture 1
2 Lecture 2, Tutorial 1
3 Lecture 3, Tutorial 2
4 Lecture 4
5 Lecture 5, Tutorial 3 Quiz 1
6 Lecture 6, Tutorial 4
7 Lecture 7
8 Lecture 8, Tutorial 5 Quiz 2
9 Lecture 9
10 Lecture 10, Tutorial 6
11 Lecture 11, Tutorial 7 Quiz 3
12 Lecture 12, Tutorial 8

Tutorial Registration

Signing up through MyTimetable in week 1

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Guided Project 30 % 23/09/2023 11/10/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Research Project 15 % 29/10/2023 14/11/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6
Research Presentation 5 % 29/10/2023 14/11/2023 1,2,3,4,5, 6
Final Examination 40 % * * 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Three 30-minute quizzes from a set of questions provided to the students in weeks 5, 8, and 11. The results returned in the following week.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 23/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 11/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Guided Project

Students work in groups of 3 and 4 to carry out a power electronics project where the project comes with a guideline. The students will submit a report summarising their result, describe their design (in form a circuit outline/PCB design), justify their elements/device choices, and explain other possibilities.

The reports are due by the second half of the semester.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 14/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Research Project

The project is done in groups of 3 or 4 and the final report is submitted in groups. The projects are selected from a list of topics proposed at the beginning of the semester.

The student should be able to

 1. Explain the the problem and the challenges in a concise and precise language.

 2. Review and identify the salient properties of the approach to tackle the challenges.

 3. Set up a case study, apply the selected methods and compare results and numerical performance. The results must be reproducible, i.e., the computer code used to solve the result and generate the comparison must be made available and yield the same set of results.

The reports are due at the end of the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 29/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 14/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5, 6

Research Presentation

Students will give a presentation based on their research project in the last week of the semester.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Examination

Final examination

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Iman Shames

Research Interests

mathematical systems theory, optimisation theory and applications, automatic control, autonomous systems

Prof Iman Shames

By Appointment
Prof Iman Shames

Research Interests

mathematical systems theory, optimisation theory and applications, automatic control, autonomous systems

Prof Iman Shames

By Appointment

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