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Fundamentals of Substation Automation Systems APRE 4110

Applied Research Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course aims to provide learners with the fundamentals of Substation Automation Systems. It primarily reviews digital substations, their components, systems, topologies, features, and functionalities. It then explains Substation Automation Systems and protocols/standards such as IEC 61850. Moreover, it covers important topics related to digital substations such as substation design, communication, networking analysis, monitoring, control, operation, maintenance, abnormal event management, condition monitoring, FLISR, and virtualization. Last but not least, it goes over the security and cybersecurity aspects of digital substations in detail. This synchronous online course consists of fourteen modules. Each module includes a module blueprint, learning outcome section, lecture session, self-quiz, and post-lecture practice (or lab work). In general, two weeks are assigned for each module to be completed. Three more hours are assigned for final project review, presentation, and discussions. Learners should complete this course in 28 weeks.​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of APRE 4110 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 50512


Tue Sep 03 - Fri Mar 14 (28 weeks)

  • 28 weeks
  • CRN 50512
  • Domestic fees $828.74
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Mar 14 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. **YOU MAY REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2023.ONCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, PLEASE CALL STUDENT INFORMATION & ENROLMENT SERVICES at 604-434-1610 TO REGISTER.** This course includes 14 modules. Students have 28 weeks to complete the course. There is one 1hr biweekly lecture session every week, and a 2hrs biweekly lab session, the week after the lecture session. There will be one 1hr office-hour every week as well. Sessions will be recorded and can be viewed at a later time.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the design of substation automation systems in modern substations
  • Learn how to use substation automation protocols/standards such as IEC 61850 in substations
  • Learn how digital substations operate and be maintained during normal and abnormal conditions
  • Understand how digital substations are monitored and controlled in real-time using Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Learn how to monitor digital substations using cloud-based applications
  • Learn how digital twin technologies can support substation protection
  • Learn cybersecurity aspects of digital substations
  • Learn how to design substations as a part of Energy Hubs to reduce carbon emissions​

Effective as of Fall 2023


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