Module Title:Power Electronics & Electrical Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, class discussions, tutorials, laboratory exercises and demonstrations will be used. Emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem / project-based learning.
Module Aim: To understand the generation, control, distribution, and consumption of electrical power within an industrial environment. Understand the hazards and safety procedures associated with electrical systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Analyse how electrical power is generated and consumed.
LO2 Plan the regulation and distribution of electrical power in industrial environments.
LO3 Analyse, model, and simulate electrical systems in software.
LO4 Assess the hazards and safety systems associated with electrical systems.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Electrical Power Systems
Single-phase and three-phase generation and distribution. AC generators, DC generators, transformers, rectifiers, and inverters. Electrical schematics and symbols.
Sensors and Switches
Proximity switches, photoelectric switches, photoelectric switches, limit switches, level switches, flow-switches, Temperature, and pressure switches. Relays, power relays, general-purpose relays, latching relays, solid-state relays. Electric contact classification.
Motors and Actuators
AC motors, DC motors, synchronous, inductions and stepper motors. Motor constructions and operations. Motor control and factors affecting motor output power, torque, speed and direction of rotation. Linear actuators.
Safety Systems
Dangers and hazards associated with high voltage lines and equipment. Principle of operation of circuit breakers. MCB rating and trip characteristics. Fuse types and ratings, RCD and RCBO principles. Emergency stops and Lock-out systems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination A mixture of theory and/or practical assessments to reinforce learning throughout the semester. 1,2,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A series of practical exercises and tasks to complement the theory elements of the module. 3,4 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Final Examination 1,2,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EERAS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automated Systems 8 Mandatory