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ELEC395 – Power Electronics

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Prof, Unit Convenor
Graham Town
Contact via 98509145
E6B1.33
Mon 2 - 5 pm
A/Prof
Jahangir Hossain
Contact via 98501038
E6B1.37
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ELEC275 and ELEC324
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit develops fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of electronic power devices and circuits and their applications. Foundation knowledge in electronics and feedback control is assumed. This unit extends those fundamentals to electrical energy systems operating with relatively high current and/or high voltage. Topics covered include: Power electronic devices (semiconductor technologies, IGBTs, VMOS FETs, etc). AC/DC-DC/AC converters and inverters (buck, boost, buck-boost, DC and AC regulators, resonant converters). Motor drive and control (AC, DC), power factor control. Energy efficiency and management (conversion losses, maximum power point tracking, energy harvesting systems). Power combining techniques. Thermal management. Simulation tools (SPICE, PowerSim, etc). The concepts studied in this unit, and the knowledge and skills gained, are required in an advanced unit in the area of electrical and energy systems engineering.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  2. The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  4. The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of emerging applications of power electronics in the "smart grid", renewable energy systems, electrified transport, etc.

General Assessment Information

Submission of assignments and reports will be electronic to iLearn. Students will need to arrange access to computer tools to prepare and submit these.

Late submissions will not be accepted without an approved Disruption to Studies notice.

A final mark 50% or more is required to pass this unit. 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
End of semester examination 40% Examination period
Design assignment 15% Week 13
Laboratory 40% During semester
Tutorial assignment 5% After mid-semester break

End of semester examination

Due: Examination period
Weighting: 40%

End of semester examination. Details will be discussed in class.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging applications of power electronics in the "smart grid", renewable energy systems, electrified transport, etc.

Design assignment

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 15%

A substantial design assignment to be completed over the course of the semester. Details will be provided via the iLearn website, and discussed in class.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging applications of power electronics in the "smart grid", renewable energy systems, electrified transport, etc.

Laboratory

Due: During semester
Weighting: 40%

Experimental tasks to be completed in the laboratory will be set most weeks during semester, together with associated readings and prework. These will be marked in the laboratory. Details of laboratory pre-work and tasks will be provided in class and via the iLearn website.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions

Tutorial assignment

Due: After mid-semester break
Weighting: 5%

A set of tutorial problems will be assigned for completion around the mid-semester break. Details will be provided in class and via the iLearn website.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions

Delivery and Resources

Learning in this unit is focused around weekly laboratory-based activities, investigating the properties and applications of power electronics components, circuits, and systems used in modern electrical energy systems. Weekly classes will support the development of learning outcomes.

Technology used: electronic and electrical instruments, software for circuit simulation and circuit board design (ORCAD). Access to these resources will be available in the laboratory during scheduled sessions.

All resources and links to relevant information will be provided via the ELEC395  iLearn webpage. 

Unit Schedule

For details, please refer to the Unit Schedule on the ELEC395 iLearn webpage.

Learning and Teaching Activities

Unit Schedule

Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging applications of power electronics in the "smart grid", renewable energy systems, electrified transport, etc.

Assessment tasks

  • End of semester examination
  • Design assignment
  • Laboratory
  • Tutorial assignment

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions

Assessment tasks

  • End of semester examination
  • Design assignment
  • Laboratory
  • Tutorial assignment

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions

Assessment tasks

  • End of semester examination
  • Design assignment
  • Laboratory
  • Tutorial assignment

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrated understanding of the relationship between physical structure and performance characteristics of passive electrical components and active semiconductor power electronic devices.
  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging applications of power electronics in the "smart grid", renewable energy systems, electrified transport, etc.

Assessment tasks

  • End of semester examination
  • Design assignment
  • Laboratory
  • Tutorial assignment

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions

Assessment tasks

  • End of semester examination
  • Design assignment
  • Laboratory
  • Tutorial assignment

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • The ability to analyse and simulate power electronic circuits and derive accepted performance parameters, including power quality metrics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the various pulse width and other modulation techniques used in switch-mode power supplies.
  • The ability to critically evaluate electrical power circuits and systems requirements and to design or select suitable solutions

Assessment task

  • Design assignment

Learning and teaching activity

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment tasks

  • Design assignment
  • Laboratory
  • Tutorial assignment

Learning and teaching activities

  • Weekly learning and teaching topics and activities are outlined in the Unit Schedule, together with relevant sections of the text and references.

Changes from Previous Offering

Not applicable (first offering in S2 2017).