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Postgraduate Course: Power Engineering Research Techniques (PGEE11181)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to equip students with essential skills for power engineering research and comprises three parts:

Research Methods: through lectures delivered in the first two weeks, students will study essential topics for the completion of a research project such as literature surveying, project planning & reporting, time management, Gantt charts, plagiarism & Intellectual Property issues, presentation of research outcomes etc.

Power Engineering Modelling Techniques: working in the computer laboratory, in the following four weeks students will gain experience in using software tools such as Matlab/Simulink to model power systems & machines.

Power Engineering Group Project: the final part of this course will require students to work in small groups and deliver a research project in power engineering. The project will allow them to use all the skills and tools they learned earlier in this course and will conclude with a research seminar, where the students will present their project either through a poster or through an oral presentation.
Course description Lectures:
- Literature surveys: methods and sources of information
- Project planning & Gantt charts
- Project management & reporting
- Time management
- Plagiarism & Intellectual Property
- Scientific writing
- Presenting research outcomes

Laboratory topics:
- Mathematical modelling using Matlab
- Simulink for control & power engineering
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to research the literature databases to find, assimilate, formulate and communicate new information from diverse sources;
  2. Gain technical understanding of research in the field of electrical power engineering through an in-depth study of a particular problem;
  3. Gain experience in team working, project planning and leadership skills in ways which show clear awareness of his/her own and others' roles and responsibilities;
  4. Have an understanding of research in a wider societal context and an ability to present technical information to specialist and non-specialist audience;
  5. Be able to use specialist software tools to carry out power engineering research.
Reading List
- V. M Perelmuter, Renewable Energy Systems Simulation With Simulink and SimPowerSystems, CRC Press, 2016 ISBN: 9781498765985

- Power system Analysis (3rd ed.), Hadi Saadat, PSA Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-0984543809
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information - Three hours of lectures per week during weeks 1-2.
- One hour of lecture per week during weeks 3-6.
- Two hours of computer laboratory per week during weeks 2-6.
- Two hours of project workshop per week during weeks 7-10.
- Three hours of project presentation on week 11.
- A formative assessment exercise will be carried out in week 6.
KeywordsResearch Methods,Power Systems Modelling,Matlab,Simulink
Course organiserDr Aristides Kiprakis
Tel: (0131 6)50 5586
Course secretaryMrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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