Course Title: Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EEET7029C

Course Title: Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6120 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marko Dumovic, GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001
PHONE: +613 9925 4342 FAX: +613 9925 4377

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit covers selecting wiring systems and cables for electrical installations operating at voltages up to 1,000V a.c. or 1,500 V d.c. It encompass knowledge and application of wiring systems and cable types, selecting wiring system compatible with the installation conditions, selecting cables that comply with required current-carrying capacity and voltage drop and earth fault-loop impedance limitations, coordination between protective devices and conductors and documenting selection decisions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEG107A Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installations


1. Prepare to select wiring systems and cables for general electrical installations.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The extent and nature of the electrical installation is determined from job specifications.
1.2 Safety and other regulatory requirements to which the electrical installation shall comply area are identified, obtained and understood.
1. 3 Cable routes, the route lengths of cables and the conditions in which the wiring system is to operate is determined from job specifications or from consultation with appropriate persons.


2. Select wiring systems and cables for general electrical installations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Wiring systems are selected for suitability for the environments in which they are to operate.
2.2 Cable conductor sizes are selected to meet current-carrying capacity requirements and voltage-drop and earth fault-loop impedance limitations.
2.3 Circuit protective devices are selected to meet requirement for co-ordination with conductor current-carrying capacity.
2.4 Earthing system components are selected to meet requirements of an MEN system.
2.5 Evidence is obtained that electrical equipment selected complies with safety requirements



3. Document electrical installation.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evidence is obtained from manufacturers/suppliers that electrical equipment selected complies with safety requirements.
3.2 Reasons for selections made, including calculations, are documented in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Electrical installation arrangement and specifications for all selected items are documented in accordance with established procedures and forwarded to appropriate person(s).


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 12 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Tutorial
  • Practicals
  • Class discussions

Engineer Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEE104A in the Assessment Matrix.Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of electrical protections, equipment selection principles, installation arrangements for various electrical devices, metering, basic lighting principles, various electrical heating and hazardous areas.

Selecting wiring systems and cables for general electrical installations by:

A Determining the extent and nature of the installation for job specifications
B Obtaining and understand the safety and other regulatory requirements to which the electrical installation shall comply
C Determining cable routes, the route lengths of cables and the conditions in which the wiring system is to operate.
D Selecting wiring system suitable for the environment requirements.
E Selecting cable conductors sizes in consideration to current-carrying capacity and voltage-drop / earth fault-loop limitation.
F Ensuring co-ordination between circuit protective device and conductor current-carrying capacity.
G Selecting compliant earthing system components
H Documenting wiring systems and cables to be used, specification for items selected and reasons for the selections made.
I Dealing with unplanned events

Practical activities to develop skill in selection of electrical wiring systems, protective devices, various cables, switchboard, control panels and lightings.

Work simulation assignments on calculations relating to the general installation maximum demand calculations, 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.

Project: Students are required to spend approximately 20 nominal hours for independent study on technical standards, regulations and codes for general electrical installations. The project within the unit is designed to give learners an introduction to the electrical installation design process. The method of rating various types of electrical equipment is detailed as is the design of electrical supply andinstallation.

Teaching Schedule


The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:


Week Topics Delivered

 Elements/Performance Criteria

1 Introduction; Power systems;   Electrical safety requrements,  Video: Harnessing Nature’s Power  Preparing to select
equipment for electrical installations,performance standards of a correctly functioning electrical installation;supply characteristics that shall be considered when designing an electrical installation;
 1.1  1.2    1.3    2.1
2 Power generation, distribution, three phase power generation, star and delta connection, phase and line voltage; conditions for paralleling generators;Reason for dividing electrical installations into circuits and the factors that shall
determine their number and type;

Videos: Three phase power generation and distribution; Power Demand
 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.2

Wiring systems and electrical installation design requirements;  Industrial power distribution and utilization system. Performance requirements - design and safety
Video: Electricity Distribution, Introduction to AS3000 Wring rules and AS3008

 1.1 1.2 1.3    2.3
4 Multiple Earthed Neutral System; Technical standards, regulations and codes for general electrical installations 1.2  2.1    2.2   2.3   3.4   2.5 

Maximum demand on consumer’s mains/submains , domestic installations, Switchboards

Selecting wiring systems and cables for general electrical installations. Assignment/ Project 30%

 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5
6  Maximum demand on consumer’s mains/submains , Industrial installations 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5
7  Maximum demand on consumer’s mains/submains , Industrial installations, workshops, factories 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5 ,   3.1
8 Current caring capacity, Cable selection Final subcircuit arrangements ;Layout/schedule of circuits for given installations, Selecting wiring systems and cables for general electrical installations 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5   3.2
9  Cables, insulations, temperature rating and wiring accessories;Electrical installation — cable selection; Factors affecting the suitability of wiring systems. Typical external factors that may damage an electrical installation and that shall be considered in the installation design.    Test 1 30%
 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5  3.3
10 Selecting protection devices, coordination between conductors and protection devices to ensures the protection of
cables from over heating due to over current.
 1.1  1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5
11 Installation conditions that may affect the current-carrying capacity of cables Cable selection based on voltage drop requirements,  AS3008 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.4 2.5  3.1  3.2
12 Cable selection based on voltage drop requirements  2.3 3.4 2.5  3.1  3.2  3.3 
13 Electrical Installation Project, Documenting electrical installation. 3.1 3.2 3.3
14 Cable selection based on fault loop impedance requirements. Requirements for the provision of the isolation of every circuit in an electrical installation. 2.1 3.1 3.2 3.3
15 Cabel selction for workshop project work,Documenting electrical installation. 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.3
16 Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installations, revision 2.3 2.4 2.5 3.1 3.2 3.3
17 Final  Assessment.   Test 2 40% 1.1 1.2 2.1  2.2 3.1 3.2 3.3
18 Select wiring systems and cables for low voltage general electrical installationsassessment feedback 3.1 3.2 3.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dumovic Marko “ Electrical Installations”, RMIT


- 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:\C6120\EEET7029C Electrical Installations -RMIT online learning resources are located on RMIT Online Learning Hub.
Follow the link to log in The Learning Hub ( Blackboard) is the central point of access to the online courses in which students are registered. Video: Harnessing Natures Power Site for selection and coordination of protective devices:

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

Tests 60%
Written assessment on selection of equipment for general electrical installations involving following topics :
-Arranging electrical installations to comply with safety and other regulatory and functional requirements.
- Selecting appropriate type and size of cables.
- Selecting protection methods and devices that meet co-ordination requirements for overload and short circuit protection.
-Selecting switchgear and control gear that meet current, voltage and IP ratings and functional requirements.

Assignments/ Project 30%

Factorr/workshop electrical installation project related to cable selection, maximum demand, fault level calculations and application of Australian standards in documenting installation arrangement, specification for items selected and reasons for the selections made. Assignment tasks involve applications of standards, codes and requirements applicable to selecting and arranging electrical equipment, and shall be as close as practicable to real work situations and include real work decisions by the learner.

Satisfactory completion of prescribed practical exercises based on applications of Australian standards. Assessment activities will be as close as practicable to real work situations and will require “real work” type decision-making by the student.

The presentation of another person’s work, idea or creation as one’s own and without appropriate referencing is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in not passing the program

 This course is accredited by Engineers Australia. 

Engineering employment requires the capacity to work effectively in teams, to communicate effectively in both oral and writing and to learn effectively. In order to prepare students for employment as graduates they will be provided a quality assured teaching and learning environment which is conductive to the development of adult learning. Adult learning is characterised by the students accepting responsibility for their own learning and actively participating in the learning process as individuals and as contributors to the teams. Adult learning is the hallmark of a professional. The specific responsibilities as adult learners in respect of this subject are:
. to be aware of and to observe the regulations related to plagiarism
. to submit (on time) all work for assessment as required
. to complete all pre-reading and preparatory work prior to the class for which it will be used
. to effectively use the academic staff resources provided (consultation time, tutors, e- mail etc)
. to participate as an effective and honest member of a learning team
. to contribute effectively to a group of peers in a climate of mutual respect and to question each other and the academic staff when uncertain

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

  Assessment vs UEENEEG1107A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEG107A Elements and Performance Criteria  
 Test X X  X X X  X 
AssignmentX XXXXXX XX


Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Assignment /ProjectXXXXXXX X XXX XX
All Assessments UEENEEG107A1322113223232311
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element


For detailed mapping / information please refer to the C6120 program guide under the accreditation section,

Other Information

In this course, minimum student directed hours are 12 in addition to 48 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, report for practical work, and individual student-teacher course-related consultation.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

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