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ZUG4027 – Advanced Power Systems

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2021 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2022 (Extended Programme)

8 credits, NQF Level 8


This module extends the concepts developed in Power Systems. It covers the electrical grid and includes stability criteria. Power transmission and distribution are covered. Simulation software is used to assess the condition of a given electrical network. Single and three phase AC networks, power factor correction, and electrical power transmission and distribution networks are explored. Particular focus is given here to three phase transformers, transmission line modelling, and quality of electrical supply, electrical protection systems, and power system control.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Apply the fundamentals of power transmission: constants of transmission lines; design of overhead lines and cables; voltage and current relations and performance of transmission links under steady state and transient conditions.
2Apply the principles and methods of electrical network transmission and distribution to solve analysis and design problems.
3Apply power system protection based on fault calculations. Apply relays in the protection of transformers, generators, motors and transmission lines.


Coursework assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Workload requirements

The module prepares the student for real-world application of electrical power storage, transmission and distribution and grid stability. There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements, tutorials in which students will do individual work (self-assessments; reflecting on learning aspects) and group work (PowerPoint presentations on aspects of the module, role-play and group discussions) and Moodle, for sharing learning aids, to help students test their own knowledge through informal quizzes, and to administer short formal tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorial work, assignment, class tests and final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Power Systems