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EEE3003 : Introduction to the Basics of Modern Power Electronics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Salaheddine Ethni
  • 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

Principles and analysis of power electronic converter topologies: ac-dc, dc-dc and dc-ac conversion. Control and design of converter circuits. Determination of filter technologies based on harmonic calculations. Characteristics of modern power electronic devices, driver circuits and protection. Thermal management and thermal analysis of power electronic systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00Reviewing lectures notes; general reading; working through tutorial questions and past exams.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving is introduced through lectures and 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 Examination1201A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the examination enable the student to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the final assessment earlier.

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