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EEE3003 : Introduction to the Basics of Modern Power Electronics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Volker Pickert
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enhance knowledge and understanding of power electronic converters and their application in power electronic systems.
To enhance knowledge and understanding of power electronic devices and their application in power electronic converters.
To provide students with the skills and techniques necessary to analyse and synthesise power electronic circuits utilising modern power electronic devices.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic semiconductor physics

Explanation how semiconductors operate based on the atomic level.

Overview of semiconductor switches

Understand pros and cons of different power semiconductor switches

Passive components

Understand why they are needed and how they impact voltage and current waveforms

Introduction to the main converter topologies

Principles and analysis of power electronic converter topologies: ac-dc, dc-dc and dc-ac conversion.?

Control of power electronic circuits

Introduction to standard control methods used in power electronics

Design of power converters

Determination of filter technologies based on harmonic calculations.?

Gate driver circuits

Protection elements??

Thermal management and thermal analysis of power electronic systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:002x1hr lectures per week over 11 weeks (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Online pre-recorded lectures addressing one specific challenge inc solutions to solve these challeng
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:001X1hr lecture provided by industry (PIP)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion51:005:00Revision for mid-term test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam in Assessment Period
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formatively assessed mid-term test in middle of semester
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion110:0010:00Tutorial questions for home learning and self-study
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity142:0042:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provides the core material and tutorial sessions give students the opportunity to query material taught. Both will be taught face-to-face but will be replaced with a minimum of 50% online synchronous sessions supported by non-synchronous videos depending on the current advise from Public Health England at that time.

Problem solving is practiced through lectures and tutorial sessions.

Additional tutorial questions will be handed out at the start of the module for home learning and self-study.

Further problem solving is practiced during private study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Closed-Book Exam
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MNUMBAS mid-term assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their ability to solve power electronics engineering problems. Many of the exam questions require solving problems by providing tables, equations, discussing operations of given circuits, solving problems within provided attachments, and solving problems using graphs and photographs. Therefore, enough information is provided to allow a closed-book exam.

The formative assessment will assess the students’ current level of understanding of the material taught up to the middle of the semester and will provide useful feedback on the gained understanding of the subject.

Reading Lists