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Electrical Circuits & Systems - ELE00054I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Simon Bale
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Electrical Circuits & Systems is the fundamental module for the electrical engineering programme. There are two knowledge cores for this module:

1) Magnetically Coupled Circuits,

2) Three Phase Circuits

which will be delivered to build the students’ knowledge tree on electrical circuits.

Purpose of a Power System, Generators, transformers and three-phase power will be delivered to build the students’ knowledge about power systems. This module is the prerequisite for Year 3 (Renewable Power Generation ) and Year 4 (Smart Grid, Advanced Power Electronics) electrical engineering modules.

Professional requirements

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information




Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to equip students with tools to analyse inter-related circuits and systems.

To provide students with an introduction to the components and composition of an electric power system.

To consider the different primary energy sources and the way in which power is delivered to the customers.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

Subject Content Outcomes

  • Explain magnetically coupled circuits and the concept of mutual inductance.
  • Examine three-phase networks and employ the concept of balanced and unbalanced networks.
  • Determine power, power balance, power systems.
  • Design induction generators, synchronous generators and unbalanced powers systems operation and type of faults.

Skills Outcomes:

  • Maximise their independent learning, Problem-solving and design skills.
  • Perform measurements on simple circuits containing magnetic circuits; analyse and present results.
  • Analyse simple magnetic circuits and calculate induced voltages and currents; Analyse simple magnetic coupled circuits; Understand the reason for 3 phase circuits and to be able to calculate currents and voltages; Analyse and calculate the transient response of first and second order filter circuits; Use complex arithmetic in the analysis of equivalent circuits for transformers and alternators; Analyse 3-phase systems using per unit system and single line equivalent circuit; Be able to understand and analyse the roles of different energy sources in an integrated system.

Module content


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Electrical Circuits & Systems Exam
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information



Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.

The School of PET aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. The School will endeavour to return all exam feedback within the timescale set out in the University's Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time. The School would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The School will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Feedback Statement:

(i) Formative Feedback

1. Regular labs allow you to engage with the MATLAB/Simulink model and receive verbal help and feedback on your Simulink modelling.

2. After class learning materials (webpage, Youtube linkage) on the module Wiki page help you to gain feedback on your understanding of the key module material covered in the lectures.

3. 6 seminars are arranged to help you to develop your application of circuit and system knowledge.

4. Emails to the Module Coordinator with Questions / Comments will be answered as soon as possible.

5. A draft version of your assignment can be submitted to the module coordinator before the end of term, who will confirm whether this is all in the correct format, along with some general written feedback comments, and a series of recommendations for improvement.

(ii) Summative Feedback

You will receive a customised feedback sheet, showing the mark breakdown in each of the key areas being assessed along with personalised feedback and suggestions for improvement. The comments explain how well you have met the learning objectives, and also give you feedback about the things you could improve in future assignments.

Indicative reading

Fundamentals of Electric Power Engineering


Massimo Ceraolo, Davide Poli

First published:25 April 2014

Print ISBN:9781118679692 |Online ISBN:9781118922583 |DOI:10.1002/9781118922583

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