Course Title: Power Electronic Converters

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Power Electronic Converters

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Brendan McGrath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2168

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.19

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should be proficient at circuit analysis, and in particular be able to analyse single and three phase AC electrical circuits. Familiarity with electrical motors and feedback control systems is desirable. You should have successfully completed EEET2263 (Electrical Plant) or provide evidence of having completed equivalent studies.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of smart electrical energy conversion. The fundamental power electronic converter topologies are introduced, and you will learn about modulation processes (i.e. switching) and control techniques for these systems. The course emphasises digital strategies appropriate for implementation using digital signal processors.

Topics that are covered in this course include: elementary switching cells, single and three phase topologies, multilevel converters, carrier based pulse width modulation, space vector modulation, multilevel pulse width modulation, closed loop DC and AC current regulation, linear regulators, non-linear hysteresis regulators, converter applications (e.g. motor drives and renewable energy).

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • High levels of technical competence in the field
  • Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select and design power electronic converter topologies for a broad range of energy conversion applications.
  • Analyse and simulate the performance of power electronic conversion systems.
  • Experimentally evaluate the performance of power electronic conversion systems.
  • Design and analyse closed loop regulators for DC and AC converter applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course provides you with a number of learning opportunities:

  • Weekly lectures will guide you to important concepts and underlying principles of switched electrical energy conversion.
  • Weekly tutorial classes will allow you to attempt a range of power electronic problems, and receive feedback on solution strategies.
  • The laboratory classes will allow you to develop simulation and experimental power electronic techniques.
  • The course resources (accessible from the Web) have additional references and links for you to reference and expand your knowledge of the topics covered.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources for this course include:

  • Lecture Notes prepared by the teaching staff.
  • Tutorial problems prepared by the teaching staff.
  • Recommended reference books: See the course guide Part B available at the start of classes for the list of references.
  • Power electronic conversion equipment and simulation software is made available to students during allocated laboratory classes. See the course guide Part B for more details.
  • Course content will be made available on-line.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks for this course consist of laboratory exercises, tests and a final examination. A range of laboratory exercises will be conducted, encompassing simulation and experimental studies, allowing you to develop all of the above listed capabilities. The tests and final examination will particularly assess your technical analysis, design and problem solving capabilities.