Unit Name

UNDERGROUND POWER SYSTEM DESIGN

Unit Code

MEE502

Unit Duration

12 weeks

Award

Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Electrical Systems) Duration: 1 year

Master of Engineering (Electrical Systems) Duration: 2 years

Year Level

One

Unit Creator/Reviewer

Professor Akhtar Kalam

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

Nil

Credit Points

3

Grad Dip total course credit points = 24 (3 credits x 8 (units))

Masters total course credit points = 48

(3 credits x 12 (units) + 12 credits (Thesis))

Mode of Delivery

On-Campus or Online

Unit Workload

10 hours per week: Lecture - 1 hour

Tutorial Lecture - 1 hours

Practical / Lab - 1 hour (where applicable)

Personal Study recommended - 7 hours (guided and unguided)

Unit Description and General Aims

In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, critical analytical and practical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem solving scenarios. The unit material has been developed to enhance students’ communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to underground design and construction required in power generation. This unit provides an expert introduction to underground power system design. Students gain specialist knowledge about cable systems, types of system topologies, manufacturing practices and standards. The uses and design parameters of the equipment necessary for underground system design are also addressed. Subsequently, basic underground cable design practices are reviewed and installation practices for both transmission and distribution projects are considered as well as relevant as application concepts such as hydraulic pressures, commissioning and industry standards.

Following an underground system case study, students undertake a final assignment replacing a low Pressure Fluid-Filled system and upgrading a High Pressure Fluid-Filled system.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Apply specialist technical knowledge of cable systems, types of systems, manufacturing practices and standards.

    Bloom’s Level 5

  2. Design and implement specifications of the equipment needed for an underground system design.

    Bloom’s Level 5

  3. Apply specialist knowledge of underground cable design practices and installation practices for both transmission and distribution projects.

    Bloom’s Level 5

  4. Evaluate and apply relevant hydraulic pressure specifications, commissioning and industry standards to a given scenario.

    Bloom’s Level 6

  5. Critically review a system case study of replacing a Low Pressure Fluid-Filled system and upgrading a High Pressure Fluid-Filled system in the High Voltage Lab.

    Bloom’s Level 6

  6. Independently or in collaboration with peers propose and complete a project that investigates type of cable, manhole spacing, pulling considerations and all relevant design calculations for underground power supply.

Bloom’s Level 6

Bloom’s Taxonomy

The cognitive domain levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:

Bloom’s

Level

Bloom’s

Category

Description

1

Knowledge

Recall, define and list facts, concepts, methods, terminologies, theories and structures.

2

Comprehension

Demonstrate understanding by comparing, organizing, describing, translating, interpreting, paraphrasing, explaining and distinguishing.

3

Application

Use knowledge to solve problems, identify connections and show relationships, in context.

4

Analysis

Examine information, breakdown a problem, determine relationships and

   

causes, make inferences, classify and infer from evidence.

5

Synthesis

Produce a pattern from relationships, propose operations, formulate a design, compose a hypothesis, reassemble information, construct, plan, invent, predict

and create.

6

Evaluation

Make judgements based on evidence and external criteria, determine best practice, optimise, validate ideas, judge and critique, assess, valuate and make recommendations.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2

Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3

Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 9 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer and the Washington Accord and the Program Level Outcomes (PLO):

Graduate Attributes / Program Level Outcomes (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Effective Communication (PLO 1)

A1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience.

2.2, 3.2

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

A2. Ability to professionally manage oneself, teams, information and projects and engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of international cultures in leadership, team and individual roles.

2.4, 3.2, 3.4,

3.5, 3.6

6

B. Critical Judgement (PLO 2)

B1. Ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex information and theoretical concepts.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,

2.1

5, 6

B2. Ability to creatively, proactively and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches with a high level of accountability, in an engineering context.

1.5, 2.1, 3.3,

3.4

5, 6

C. Design and Problem Solving Skills (PLO 3)

C1. Cognitive skills to synthesise, evaluate and use information from a broad range of sources to effectively identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

1.5, 2.1, 2.3

6

C2. Technical and communication skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering professional practice.

2.2, 2.3

5, 6

C3. Comprehension of the role of technology in society and identified issues in applying engineering technology ethics and impacts; economic; social; environmental and sustainability.

1.5, 1.6, 3.1

1, 4, 6

D. Science and Engineering Fundamentals (PLO 4)

D1. Breadth and depth of mathematics, science, computer technology and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding of future developments.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,

1.4

1, 2, 4

D2. Knowledge of ethical standards in relation to professional engineering

1.6, 3.1, 3.5

 

practice and research.

   

D3. Knowledge of international perspectives in engineering and ability to apply various national and International Standards.

1.5, 1.6, 2.4,

3.4

1

E. Information and Research Skills (PLO 5)

E1. Application of advanced research and planning skills to engineering projects.

1.4, 2.4, 3.6

4, 5

E2. Knowledge of research principles and methods in an engineering context.

1.4, 1.6

5, 6

Unit Content and Learning Outcomes to Program Level Outcomes (PLO) via Bloom’s Taxonomy Level

This table details the mapping of the unit content and unit learning outcomes to the PLOs and graduate attributes at the corresponding Bloom’s Taxonomy level, specified by the number in the table.

 

Integrated Specification /

Program Learning Outcomes

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

PLO 5

Unit Learning Outcomes

LO1

5

-

5

5

-

LO2

5

-

-

5

-

LO3

5

-

-

-

-

LO4

6

-

6

6

6

LO5

6

6

6

-

6

LO6

6

6

6

-

6

Unit Study

Assessments

6

6

6

6

6

Lectures/Tutorials

6

6

6

6

6

 

Max Bloom’s level

6

6

6

6

6

Total PLO coverage

8

4

6

5

5

Student assessment

Assessment Type

(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format))

When assessed (eg Week 5)

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation

Word length: n/a

Topic examples: Fundamental concepts of underground cables systems, topology and manufacture.

Week 5

20%

1, 2

Assessment 2

Type: Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit

/ Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation

Example: Report (Midterm Project)

[This will include a progress report; literature review, hypothesis, and methodology / conclusions]

Word length: 1000

Topic examples: Design parameters of the equipment necessary for underground system design including standards.

Week 8

25%

1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 3

Type: Report (Final Project)

[If a continuation of the midterm, this should complete the report by adding sections on: methodology, implementation / evaluation, verification / validation, conclusion / challenges and recommendations / future work. If this is a new report, all headings from the midterm and the final reports must be included.]

Word length: 2000

Topic examples: A project that investigates type of cable, manhole spacing, pulling considerations and all relevant design calculations for underground power supply.

Final Week

35%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6

Practical Participation

Example: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies

Continuous

15%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

Continuous

5%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

6

Prescribed and recommended readings

Required textbook(s)

1. To be assigned by lecturer

Reference Materials

  • Power Engineering Journal; IEEE Power and Energy Magazine; IEEE Transactions on Power Systems; International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems. These are peer- reviewed journals. Other relevant peer-reviewed journals will be advised.

  • https://www.power-eng.com, https://www.ieee-pes.org

  • IDC notes and Reference texts as advised.

  • Other material advised during the lectures

Unit Content:

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

Topics 1 and 2

Introduction to underground power system design.

  1. Historical developments and power industry deregulation

  2. Loads and utility ancillary services

  3. Electricity supply basics

  4. Thermal power plants

  5. Other power plants

  6. Alternative energy generation

  7. Distributed generation and energy storage

Topics 3 and 4

Cable systems, types of system topologies, manufacturing practices and standards.

  1. Cable jointing practice

  2. Topologies

  3. Manufacturing

  4. Standards

Topics 5 and 6

Uses and design parameters of the equipment necessary for underground system design.

Topics 7 and 8

Basic underground cable design practices and installation practices for both transmission and distribution projects

Topics 9 and 10

HV and HVDC cables

  1. HVDC cables and characteristics

  2. Modern HV cable systems - polymeric (no oil impregnation systems)

  3. Concepts of hydraulic pressures, commissioning and industry standards

Topics 11 and 12

Project and Revision

In the final week students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work, to clarify any outstanding issues, and to work on finalising the major assessment report.