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Fundamentals of Power Systems and Circuits ELEX 0102

Electrical and Computer Engineering Course

Course details

​This course is an online introductory course designed for the students from different engineering disciplines who are interested in learning fundamentals of electric circuits and systems. The course also introduces the necessary combination of other engineering aspects used in power systems analysis and design including basic mathematics, introduction to power electronics and VFD, introduction to communication systems and information technology. Power systems topics for this course include: introduction to single and three-phase AC circuits, power transformers, three-phase induction and synchronous machines, transmission and distribution lines, power flow and balanced and unbalanced fault analysis. Introduction to power system transient analysis and protection, control are also presented. Modelling and analysis of power systems are supplemented using engineering software tools. The course is also considered as a bridging course for those who are willing to pursue with the Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies at BCIT.​​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize the parameters of an AC circuit, its electrical quantities and relationship among voltage, current, power and impedances
  • Understand the design and function of different components of electrical power circuits and system such as transformer, three-phase induction and synchronous machines
  • Prepare a single line representation of an electrical power circuit/system
  • Understand per unit technique as a tool to perform AC system calculations
  • Understand the fundamental of power electronics and their application in electric machine speed control as a VFD
  • Realize AC power quality and its impact on electrical equipment
  • Understand power transmission and distribution line parameters and their design
  • Perform power flow analysis in a power system during a normal operating condition
  • Learn how to use Symmetrical Component tool to analyze power flow in a power system during an abnormal operating condition
  • Understand transient behaviour of power systems under different conditions such as switching and start-up.
  • Understand the purpose and function of protection and control methods of power system.
  • Familiarize with communication system and information technology and understand their role in modern power system as a smart grid
  • Use engineering software to perform analysis of an electrical power system​​

Effective as of Winter 2023


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