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ELE3803 Electrical Plant

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Electrical Plant
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031301 - Electrical Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Les Bowtell


Pre-requisite: ELE1801 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: ELE2702 for Bachelor of Engineering Science and Associate Degree programs.


Electricity touches almost every aspect of our lives and occupations. In Electrical Plant students develop skills and knowledge in the selection, installation, operation, control and maintenance of electrical equipment such as transformers, power supplies, motors, generators and other types of energy converters found in the workplace. It provides students with skills to carry out performance analysis of electrical equipment, power generation and supply systems and conduct energy audit of electrical installations.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. analyse unbalanced three phase networks, determine neutral currents or neutral shift voltages in unbalanced systems and draw phasor diagrams of such systems;
  2. use Australian/New Zealand standards for wiring, earthing and safety systems;
  3. analyse the performance of power transformers, ac motors and ac generators using equivalent circuit models;
  4. evaluate and specify details of design, construction, safety, performance, and diagnostic checklist of power transformers, ac motors and ac generators;
  5. outline requirements for choosing type of plants for generation and storage of electrical energy;
  6. analyse power distribution networks using the per unit system;
  7. numerically evaluate fault current levels in simple supply systems; and
  8. perform Australian/New Zealand standards energy audit analysis of electrical installations.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Three Phase System Analysis; earthing and safety 15.00
2. Transformers 10.00
3. Induction Machines 10.00
4. Synchronous Machines 13.00
5. Generation and Storage of Electrical Energy 20.00
6. Supply System Analysis 12.00
7. Batteries and Auxiliary Power Supplies 10.00
8. Energy Economics and Management 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Hughes, E, Smith, IM, Hiley, J & Brown, K 2016, Hughes electrical and electronic techology, 12th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow, UK.
Wildi, T 2005, Electrical machines, drives, and power systems, 6th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ.
IEEE/IEE/IEAust Technical Papers - as specified in Study Book.
Various Australian Standards and Energy Management Publications.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Examinations 2.00
Field Trips or Excursions 6.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 73.00
Report Writing 15.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 16 Apr 2019 1,2,3
ASSIGNMENT 2 150 15 13 May 2019 4,5,7,8
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 750 75 End S1 1,2,3,4,5,6,8 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    (i) It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. (ii) Student must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course before they are able to undertake any practical work in the electrical laboratories.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. IEEE is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use IEEE style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For further information on this referencing style, refer to the below website:

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.