Course Title: Micro-Controller Based Electrical Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Micro-Controller Based Electrical Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Tom Bergin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253302

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.8.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

While it is not a necessity, students undertaking the course of study will find it helpful if they have some familiarity firstly with the concepts of three phase circuits and power, and secondly have had some previous C programming experience. This course would best be undertaken by a student in the third year of a degree program. It would be ideal for students concurrently working in the electrical engineering industry, or who have considerable practical experience in aspects of Electrical Engineering related to AC Power Supplies,

Course Description

This course of study will familiarize the student with the digital control methodogy of the following, particularly as it relates to Electrical Engineering.: Digital Measurement and display of Electrical Quantities of three phase circuits. AC and DC Power supplies, Control of AC, DC and specialty Motors, including position and speed measurement. Temperature control strategies for Electric Furnaces. VAr compensator system.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course presents information on three aspects of microcontroller systems within the framework of a given application in Electrical Engineering,
1. The first aspect is the acquisition of input signals on which the control will be based. These signals may be analogue or digital and generally involve coupling through an isolation device such as a voltage or current transformer, hall effect device and or an opto-coupler.
2. Secondly, having acquired input signals, the processing of the data into other forms and the calculation of an answer to be output. This stage requires consideration of the implications of accuracy and dynamic requirement of the system to be controlled.
3. The last aspect is the output of data for the control action and the human operator. The control is, in general, is applied to a power electronic device to achieve the desired result..


At the conclusion of this course of study you will be able to quickly and efficiently put together a dedicated controller solution for a small application.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course of study is practical in nature and a significant part of the learning activitiy will be taking part in the laboratory sessions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Any texts on Power Electronics , Three Phase Power Systems, C Programing and Dedicated Controller Applications would in part be relevant to this course of study.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course of study is based on examination, assignment and practical work.