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  • Objectives
    Electrical power engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power. There is hardly any aspect of our modern civilisation not dependent upon electrical energy. We use it for heating, cooling, lighting, transportation, manufacturing and production, and minerals processing. As an electrical power engineer you will consider these applications of electrical energy, together with its generation, transmission and distribution. You will also explore the harnessing of sources of renewable and sustainable energy. The first two years of this course are studied alongside students studying computer systems or electronic communication engineering. In your third year you will commence specialisation in electrical power engineering. A new field in electrical power engineering is the application of electronics to large power devices. The study of power electronics and renewable energy is a feature of this course. Prior to graduation, you will complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during your vacations. This professional practice will be undertaken while you are still a student to make your theoretical studies more meaningful.
  • Entry requirements
    TEE Applicable Mathematics plus at least two of TEE Calculus, Chemistry and Physics. Well-performed candidates without one of the prerequisite subjects may be accepted and required to complete an additional program of preparatory studies. For occupational health and safety reasons you must be able to identify the difference between various colours.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power Engineering)
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Power Engineering)

    BEng(Curtin) OR BEng(Hons)(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 052794G
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years

    Introduction

    This course requires a minimum of eight semesters of full-time study. The first four semesters are studied in common with all students. In the fifth semester, students commence specialisation in Electrical Power Engineering. There is hardly any aspect of our modern civilisation that is not dependent upon electrical energy. We use this for heating, cooling, lighting, transportation, manufacturing and production, minerals processing to name just a few areas of application. Electrical power engineering considers these applications of electrical energy, together with its generation, transmission and distribution, as well as the harnessing of sources of renewable and sustainable energy.

    TEE Applicable Mathematics and at least two of Calculus/Physics/Chemistry. Well-performed candidates without one of the prerequisite subjects may be accepted and required to undertake an additional program of preparatory studies.

    Specific Requirements

    For occupational health and safety reasons, it is a requirement for entry into this course, that students are able to identify the difference between various colours.

    Note
    In certain case, the need to undertake an additional program of preparatory studies may result in extension of studies beyond the regular four year term. Students with other, or equivalent qualification should direct enquiries to the Head of Department.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    4 years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

    Course Organisation

    Students undertake the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major in the first year and on successful completion, proceed to the second year of an engineering discipline. Please refer to the section at the front of the Department of First Year Engineering Studies to obtain details about the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major.

    Professional Recognition

    This course has been accorded full recognition by Engineers Australia. This exempts graduates from all academic requirements for Corporate Membership of Engineers Australia. To qualify for the grade of Corporate Member of Engineers Australia, a graduate also requires a minimum of four years of approved experience following the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree. All degree courses are also recognised by various overseas professional institutions.Further information regarding membership of professional institutions can be obtained from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing or from the Secretary, Engineers Australia, Western Australia Division.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates may expect to find employment with supply authorities, machine manufacturers and other large scale users of electrical energy, such as mining companies.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Further Information

    For more information about the program, contact the Career Consultant, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    Special Note
    For details on the honours classes refer to the Curtin Policies website http://www.policies.curtin.edu.au/documents/honours_degrees_and_degrees_with_honours.doc
    Combined Degree Information

    Electrical Power Engineering may be combined with Computer Science, Physics.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1

    307545     v.1           Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major                                             200.0
                                                                                                                                       200.0

    Year 2 Semester 1

    12706       v.3           Electrical Circuits 203                                                       4.0     25.0
    12709       v.2           Mathematics 277                                                             4.0     25.0
    308768     v.1           Foundations of Digital Design 201                                   5.0     25.0
    308775     v.1           Engineering Electromagnetics 201                                   3.0     12.5
    308789     v.1           Probability Theory 201                                                     3.0     12.5
                                                                                                                                      100.0

    Year 2 Semester 2

    12711       v.4           Electrical Systems 204                                                     5.0     25.0
    12713       v.3           Embedded Software Engineering 204                             3.0     12.5
    2894         v.4           Microcomputers 202                                                        3.0     12.5
    308780     v.1           Signal and Systems 202                                                  5.0     25.0
    308781     v.1           Electronic Fundamentals 202                                           5.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                      100.0

    Year 3 Semester 1

    12831       v.4           Power System Analysis 301                                             5.0     25.0
    12855       v.4           Embedded Systems Engineering 301                              4.0     25.0
    300786     v.3           Renewable Energy Principles 301                                    5.0     25.0
    308798     v.1           Control Systems 301                                                       4.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                      100.0

    Year 3 Semester 2

    11500       v.3           Electrical Machines 302                                                    5.0     25.0
    12835       v.3           Power Electronics 304                                                     5.0     25.0
    308784     v.2           Power System Protection 302                                          5.0     25.0
    310683     v.1           Engineering Management 302                                         4.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                      100.0

    Year 4 Semester 1

    12838       v.4           Engineering Project 401                                                 10.0     25.0
    307660     v.2           Engineering Sustainable Development 201                     2.0     12.5
    307664     v.1           Engineering Law 202                                                       2.0     12.5
    308785     v.1           Power Electronics and Drives 401                                    5.0     25.0
                                     SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:                   25.0
                                                                                                                                       100.0

    Year 4 Semester 2

    12844       v.5           Engineering Project 402                                                     5.0     25.0
    301302     v.4           Electric Power Transmission and Distribution 402              3.0     25.0
    308787     v.1           Instrumentation and Control 402                                      5.0      25.0
                                     SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:                     25.0
                                                                                                                                         100.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 1                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    12838       v.4           Engineering Project 401                                                     10.0     25.0
    12856       v.3           Microprocessors 401                                                            4.0     25.0
    302915     v.3           Electrical Utility Engineering 404                                          2.5     25.0
    307660     v.2           Engineering Sustainable Development 201                         2.0     12.5
    307664     v.1           Engineering Law 202                                                           2.0     12.5
    308785     v.1           Power Electronics and Drives 401                                        5.0     25.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 2                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    12834       v.4           Digital Signal Processing 304                                                 5.0     25.0
    12861       v.4           Renewable Energy Systems 402                                            5.0     25.0

    Availability

    Year      Location                         Period     All*     Internal   
    2009     Bentley Campus             Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus             Semester 2           Y                 
    2009     Miri Sarawak Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Miri Sarawak Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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