• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Change
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • STEM Course

This course aims to provide a strong understanding of power systems, their operation and control and particularly of issues related to the integration of distributed renewable generation into the network. The content focuses on technical aspects of traditional and renewable electrical power generation, power transmission and distribution, power network stability, management and control, electricity market operations and smart grid technologies with particular emphasis on the integration of renewable generation onto the network at both transmission and distribution level and the challenges and opportunities associated with that. A solid basis in the understanding of future power networks with distributed generation, storage and smart grid technology is given. The course is suitable for electrical engineers or systems engineers with strong electrical or renewable energy backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of electrical power system operations and control to analyse the challenges and opportunities for distributed renewable generation in both large interconnected grid and microgrid settings.
  2. Assess renewable energy applications and projects in the context of integration into both the physical and economic electricity markets.
  3. Describe the principles and requirements of the next generation future power network (or smart grid), incorporating distributed generation and storage and demand management.
  4. Understand the principles, power and limitations of computer modelling of complex power networks incorporating distributed generation and storage.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Labs (20%) (25) [LO 4]
  2. Quizzes (10%) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Major Project (35%) (30) [LO 2,4]
  4. Final Exam (35%) (35) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours including lecture / workshop sessions, tutorials , self study, site visits and computer and hardware labs throughout the semester.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

There is no prescribed text for the course but the following are recommended reading:
  1. Electric Power Systems - A First Course, Ned Mohan, 2012
  2. Electrical Power System Essentials, Pieter Schavemaker, 2008
  3. Integration of Distributed Generation in the Power System, Math Bollen, 2011
  4. Various papers, made available during the course where appropriate

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this course should have taken at least one undergraduate course in thermodynamics, equivalent to ENGN6625 Power Systems and Power Electronics. Students who have not taken such a course are advised to complete ENGN6625 as an elective prior to taking ENGN8831.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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