Course Title: Electrical Design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EEET6224L

Course Title: Electrical Design

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6050 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering

Course Contact: Marko Dumovic

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254342

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marko Dumovic, Course Coordinator, (03) 9925 4342

Zoran Savic, Teacher,

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Cuircuit Theory

Course Description

This learning unit introduces the principle of electrical design process.
Students will develop practical skills in design; testing and problem solving related to electronic communication circuits in practical activities and work simulation projects.

This course covers the theory and application for the following concepts:
• The fundamental principles of electrical design.
• Design requirements in an electrical installation.
• The principles of producing adequate illumination for various tasks.
• Applications of AS3000 and AS3008.1

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES702BA Design electrical/electronic apparatus & systems (Electrical)


o 702.1 Establish design (basic) brief
o 702.2 Design system (basic) and installation
o 702.3 Check and finalise design

Performance Criteria:

UTE NES 702bA – Design electrical/electronic apparatus and systems - Electrical

o 406. 702.1 Establish design (basic) brief
 Define the purpose of the design in term of task
 Research the availability of the parts.
 Define the scope of the design in term of cost and technology
 Identify the resources and priority of work.

702.2 Design system (basic) and installation
 Produce functional system diagram to describe design’s operation
 Specify equipment requirements.
 Produce the Design drawing including all necessary calculations.

o 702.3 check and finalise design
 Verify that the circuit/ system operation is consistent with the requirement in the design brief or appropriate standard.
 Fully document all design diagrams, design calculations and testing procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of electrical protections, installation design principles, installation for various electrical devices, metering, basic lighting principles, various electrical heating and hazardous areas.

• Practical activities to develop skill in selection and installation of protective devices, various cables, switchboard, control panels and lightings.

• Work simulation projects/assignments involving lighting and power design for an industrial installation. Produce installation drawing for lighting, power and switchboard layout drawing according to relevant Australian standards, select appropriate light fittings and lamps. The power installation design will include the calculations relating to the demand & volt drop considerations and fault conditions. Specifications will be provided with work simulation (team or individual basis) or may be negotiated to suit a workplace based application.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1:
Week 1 Introduction to regulations and standards
Week 2 Australian standards Online. Industrial power distribution and utilization system
Week 3 Three phase and single phase systems. Industrial Transformers
Week 4 Lighting sources Lighting Applications, Lighting units, Luminaries, Maintenance of luminaries
Week 5,6 Lighting design using lumen method
Week 7 Electrical Insulation, Cables
Week 8, 9 Multiple Earthling Neutral System, Earthling requirements, Earth Faults, Fault level Calculations.
Week 10,11,12 Laboratory: Cable connections and terminations, light switching circuits
Week 13 Electrical accessories and general wiring
Week 14 Wiring Rules. Fault levels and cable selection.
Week 15 Electrical Installation Design Requirements,
Week 16 Maximum demand calculations ( domestic installation)
Week 17 Revision
Week 18 Test 1

Semester 2:
Week 1, Feedback on assessment,
Week 2 & 3 Maximum demand calculations, industrial applications
Week 4 Factors affecting cable selection, Cable selection standards, AS 3008
Week 5 ,Cable selection based on current carrying capacity and installation method
Week 6,7 Selection of cables based on voltage drops
Week 8 , Wiring rules requirements, Domestic and multiple domestic switchboards, Switchboards for non-domestic installations
Week 9,10 Electrical Protection
• Extra low voltage systems
• Electric Separation
• Earth Leakage Devices
• Protective Devices
• Protection against over-current
• Short Circuit Protection
• Circuit Breaker Protection
• Fuses
Week 10 Selection of Cables and Protective devices,
Protection coordination
Week 11 Fault loop impedance
Week 12 Hazardous area
Week 13 Test 2
Week 14 & 15 Assignment work
Week 16 & 17 Final assessment of competency UTE NES 702cA – Design electrical/electronic apparatus and systems - Electrical
Week 18 Catch-up Exam/Assignment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dumovic Marko “ Electrical Design”, RMIT 2005


- Keith Pethbridge & Ian Neeson "Australian Electrical Wiring Practice - Volumes 1&2" McGraw Hill, ISBN 0 074 71053 2
- Australian Standard AS3000 - Wiring Rules
- Australian Standard AS3008 - Electrical Installations, Selection of Cables
- Theodore Wildi “Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems”, Prentice Hall ISBN: 0-13-082460-7
- RMIT network drive: S:\Marko\Electrical Design

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

• Written assessment.

•Three  Class Assignments

• Class participation and performance

• A Pass in practical performance in laboratory exercises

Assessment Tasks

Assessment activities will be as close as practicable to real work situations and will require “real work” type decision-making by the student. Evidence of competent performance shall be gathered from:

• Projects and assignments

These projects have to be undertaken toward the end of the unit, in a controlled environment for the specified duration in order to perform tasks autonomously and/or a member of a team .

• Practical exercises

These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria. All practical exercises must be:
- Undertaken according to safe working practice as specified by the School.
- Perform according to specified laboratory standards and practice including calibration, measurement and accurate reading. This must includes electrical measurement taken with safe working practice, meters properly calibrated, meter settings positioned for an accurate reading and accurate readings taken for all measurements.

• Progressive and Validation Tests

Theoretical concept underpinning measurement and testing procedures will be assessed progressively in tests throughout the unit. A written/ oral validation test will also apply to aspects of projects done in groups

Although this learning unit will be assessed on completion, the competency itself will not be signed off until this and further learning units are completed and the student is deemed competent.

Assessment requirements include:

- attendance and satisfactory completion of prescribed practical exercises , which may be scheduled during the day or evening depending on the demand.
- evidence of participation in and satisfactory completion of work simulation projects.
• satisfactory completion of class assignment work
• progressive assessments
• timely submission and standard presentation for all assessment material / documentation

Assessment Matrix

Written assessment (60%)
Test 1 30% 15/06/2009
Test 2 30 % 05/10/2009

Class Assignments (30%)
Assignment 1 , 10% due date 01/06/2009
Assignment 2, 10 % due date 07/09/2009
Assignment 3, 10% due date 02/11/2009

Class participation and performance (10 %)

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