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ELE2704 Electricity Supply Systems

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Electricity Supply Systems
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: Gordon Hampson


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

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: ELE3803 or ELE2702.


This core course in the ADNG and BENS programs introduces concepts and practices essential for the comprehension of higher level courses in the allied electrical power load flow, stability and fault analysis fields.


This course introduces the principles and practical aspects of generation, transmission distribution and control of electrical energy. On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to discuss the technical, environmental and economic considerations of planning and operating different types of electrical plant (generators, transformers, circuit breakers, cables, insulators and transmission lines), as well as principles of substation layout, control, instrumentation and protection. The student should also be aware of the theoretical principles of system stability, load flow, and fault analysis of power systems using computing software tools.


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

  1. justify the typical structure of modern electricity supply systems on the basis of economics, reliability, safety and technical constraints;
  2. compare underground cables against overhead lines on the basis of environmental impact, cost, technical performance and supply reliability;
  3. analyse three-phase electrical networks under abnormal conditions;
  4. determine, by qualitative analysis, the performance requirements of electricity supply system practical hardware;
  5. analyse the impact of transformer tap-change on the voltage profile of radial feeders;
  6. compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of typical protection schemes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Power systems: environment and planning; economics 10.00
2. Generation, transmission and distribution systems 10.00
3. Lines, distributors and cables 10.00
4. Surges; insulation co-ordination 7.50
5. Loads, scheduling and voltage control 7.50
6. High voltage testing, commissioning 5.00
7. Substations: layout; reliability; safety 10.00
8. High voltage switchgear 10.00
9. Protection schemes; protection relays 10.00
10. Fault calculations and symmetrical components 15.00
11. Supervisory control and communications co-ordination. 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Ramakrishnan, G 1994, Electricity supply systems examples using Mathcad, ISEE Trust, Toowoomba.
(Very useful for for doing the set assignments - available as a PDF on the StudyDesk or as a soft cover from the USQ Bookshop.)
To do the course assignments students may optionally use an engineering application software program that integrates mathematical and graphical analysis of data with word processing.

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.
Nasar, SA & Trutt, FC 1999, Electric power systems, CRC Press, Boca Raton.
(USQ Library Call No. 621.31 Nas.)
Nasar, SA 1990, Schaum's outline of theory and problems of electric power systems, McGraw-Hill, New York.
(USQ Library Call No. 621.31 Nas.)
Pabla, AS 2011, Electric power distribution, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
(USQ Library Call No: 621.319 Pab.)
Weedy, BM & Cory, BJ 2012, Electric power systems, 5th edn, Wiley, Chichester, England.
(USQ Library Call No: 621.3191 Wee.)
Whitaker, JC 2007, AC Power systems handbook, 3rd edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton.
(USQ Library Call No: 621.31913 Whi.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 39.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 79.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 150 15 05 Aug 2020 2,4 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 150 15 02 Sep 2020 2,3 (see note 2)
Assignment 3 100 10 06 Oct 2020 3,4
Online Examination 600 60 End S2 1,2,5,6 (see note 3)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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.

  2. Students will require access to a printer to print modest quantities of material that may be provided via the StudyDesk.

  3. Students will require access to a document scanner to compile three PDFs, one for each of Assignments 1, 2 and 3

Date printed 6 November 2020