Electrical Power Systems (H6103)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module covers:
  • power system structure, important aspects of power system operation, operating states, complex power, the symmetrical three-phase system, per unit system
  • power system components, synchronous generators, power and control transformers, transmission lines, the characteristics of the loads, network analysis, voltages, currents and powers at sending and receiving ends
  • load flow analysis, power flow equations, numerical techniques, decoupled power flow algorithm
  • fault analysis, systematic short-circuit computations, unbalanced system analysis, symmetrical component theory
  • voltage and reactive power control, load frequency control, power system stability, economic dispatch 
  • power system economics, embedded or dispersed generation, issues and technical impacts of embedded generation
  • introduction to smart grids and future power systems.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical (Laboratory)


40%: Coursework (Report)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 35 hours of contact time and about 115 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: