Course Title: Efficient Energy Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Efficient Energy Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Tom Bergin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253302

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. This is a University Free Elective Course. You should be in at least the second, or preferably, the third or forth year of your degree program. It would be helpful, but not a necessity, if you have a basic knowledge of three phase electric circuits and or experience with the some of the larger items of electrical equipment. This course would be ideal if you are concurrently working in industry, or if you have practical experience, perhaps derived as part of a TAFE articulation pathway.

Course Description

This course of study will familiarize you with the methodology of the following, particularly as it relates to electrical energy usage and conservation:
• AC Power Measurement, calculation of Electrical Efficiency
• How Utilities Meter a Bill; covers all factors that go into the billing process and techniques to avoid costly billing penalties
• Induction Motor Loads and Motor Selection,
• Lighting Systems;
• Transformer efficiency
• The concept of harmonics, dealing with harmonics,
• Power factor correction, demand levelling and demand side management.
• Electric Furnaces
• Typical power distribution systems in commercial buildings
• Monitoring Equipment and Metering Techniques;
• Business Decision Making

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to 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.

On successfull completion of this course you will be able to:

1.  Identify energy saving opportunities.

2. Record energy usage and compare energy usage senarios

3. Present a financial case for energy saving investments

4. Describe Utilities billing strategies

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to use the appropriate simple financial analysis tools

You will become familiar with a range of instrumentation specfic to recording and controlling the flow of energy.

Overview of Learning Resources

Class Notes containing tutorial and tutorial answers

Energy Efficient web sites



Overview of Assessment

Assessment is by examination, assignment and practical exercise.