Module Catalogue 2018/19

EEE8048 : Switchgear Technology (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Blake
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To give students a comprehensive account of the construction and operation of all types of switchgear equipment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Switchgear technology, switchgear applications, arcs, interruptions switching phenomena, standards procurement of switchgear, switchgear testing.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the students will:

- have a detailed knowledge of the construction and operation of vacuum switchgear, air blast switchgear, air break switchgear, SF6 switchgear and oil filled switchgear.

- be fully aware of technical standards and specifications governing switchgear purchase and testing.

- appreciate the range of options available to deal with ageing switchgear equipment.

- be aware of recent developments in switchgear design and manufacturing methods.

- have an up-to-date knowledge of switchgear diagnostics and failure analysis methods.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Use calculations, evaluation and problem solving skills relevant to power distribution engineering.

2. Developed skills in researching relevant information and be able to summarise information from relevant sources and draw conclusions from that information.

3. Demonstrate improved transferable skills in terms of communication, group work, planning and the ability to manage his/her own learning, relevant to a post graduate degree.

4. Obtain distance learning, computer literacy and on-line competencies.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
    • Budgeting : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Assessed
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Leadership : Present
      • Negotiation : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Governance Awareness : Present
      • Financial Awareness : Present
    • Legal Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture27:0014:00Block taught
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00In-module assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00Post-module assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Distance learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study143:0043:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and the Distance Learning material provide core material and guidance for further reading. The Distance Learning material also provides problem solving practice and improves planning skills and on-line and computer competences and gives the students the opportunity to manage thier own learning. Group learning and the class in module test improves communications and group working skills while the post module assignment develops research skills and the ability to utilise relevant information from many sources.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201M60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Post-module assignment (1500 words)
Prob solv exercises1M10In-module assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The post module assignment enables a more realistic engineering design problem to be set and will also assess data and information acquisition and evaluation skills. The in module assessment, which usually takes the form of a group activity, test the students' problem solving skills and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate improved transferable skills.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.