Module Catalogue 2023/24

EPE8201 : Advanced Power Systems Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jianfang Xiao
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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Aim of this module is:
• To provide students with a systematic understanding of the operation of a modern electricity network, operating under balanced steady-state and fault conditions.
• The course is designed to be of value to students who are considering a career in the electricity supply industry or any large industrial user with their own power network.

Outline Of Syllabus

• The Electricity supply system, AC power & reactive power, Three-phase systems, fundamental principles of electricity generation and their influence on the design and operation of electrical power stations. The economics of electricity generation. Fuel availability and environmental considerations, Transmission lines and cables, Power system calculations, Steady-state stability, Transient stability, Control of system voltage and frequency, Power Quality Issues, and Protection requirements for transmission and distribution networks. Components of a protection system. Types of protection relay. Principles of protection, unit protection schemes, non-unit protection schemes
• Power System Analysing Tools and Techniques in Singapore Power Industry
• Introduction to ETAP Software to carry out Power System Analysis

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

• Understand the principles and evaluate the operation of electrical power networks.
• Analyse and evaluate electrical power networks operating under balanced three phase conditions by calculating power and reactive power flows, busbar voltages, and fault levels.
• Analyse steady-state stability, transient stability and dynamic stability and explain the operation of synchronous generators and perform system stability calculations.
• Study and analyse different network protection techniques, including over current protection, unit protection and distance protection from the principles of network protection concepts.
• Evaluate and critically comment on the operation of large power networks through carrying out power system studies using software packages.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

•       Analyse the behaviour of power systems under steady-state and fault conditions using appropriate analytical and numerical techniques.
•       Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relevant theoretical concepts and practical implementation of a modern electricity networks.
•       Collate, critically analyse and evaluate data associated with electricity systems.
•       Identify problems, produce and appraise solutions to network operational problems.
•       Use of appropriate computer-aid software and tools for analysing large power system networks.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Coursework and Teaching-Learning of Etapsoftware
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading102:0020:00Reading specified articles
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Learning Etap software
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study143:0043:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding of electricity networks and issues associated with their operation will be taught via formal lectures and self-guided study material. This will be supported by reflective learning using worked examples to develop critical awareness and evaluative skills. Hands-on experience of ETAP simulation environment would enable the students to become proficient in modelling power systems.

Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be developed during the formal lectures and self-guided material. Time management and IT skills will largely be developed through the self-guided material.

The coursework will provide additional opportunities for the student to develop their skills and understanding of the operation of a power system. Furthermore, the coursework will provide timely feedback prior to the examination assessment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A8024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M20A mini project on power system studies. Submission files include programming codes and a report (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen written examination will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of the operation of a modern electricity supply system. The coursework will include software modelling of power system, and students will complete a report on the power system model.

Subject specific, critical and evaluative skills will also be assessed through the written examination. The other key skills will not be assessed, but students will need to utilise these in order to access the self-guided material and prepare for the exam.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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