Course Title: Select and arrange equipment for general electrical installations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EEET6801C

Course Title: Select and arrange equipment for general electrical installations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6085 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical - Technology

Course Contact: Marko Dumovic

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4342

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 120

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

UEENEEG002B Solve problems in single and three phase low voltage circuits

Course Description

This unit covers selection of equipment for electrical installations operating at voltages up to 1,000V a.c. or 1,500 V d.c. to meet performance standards. This encompass schemes for protection of persons and property, correct function, compatibility with the supply, arrangement of circuits and selection of switchgear, controlgear, protection devices and wiring based on calculated and deemed-to-comply solutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEG007B Select and arrange equipment for general electrical installations


1. Prepare to select equipment.
2. Arrange installation into circuits.
3. Select cables, protection and switchgear.
4 Document electrical installation.

Performance Criteria:

Performance Criteria
Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the Element.

1 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.

2 2.1 Circuits are arranged to ensure safe and functional operation of the installation.
2.2 Circuits are arranged to comply with technical standards and job specifications and requirements.
2.3 Earthing is arranged to comply with the MEN system requirements.

3 3.1 Wiring is selected for suitability for the environments in which they are installed.
3.2 Cable conductor sizes are selected to meet currentcarrying capacity requirements and voltage-drop and fault-loop impedance limitations.
3.3 Protection methods and devices are selected to meet co-ordination requirements for overload and shortcircuit protection.
3.4 Switchgear and control gear is selected to meet current, voltage and IP ratings and functional requirements.
3.5 Earthing system components are selected to meet requirements of the MEN system.
3.6 Evidence is obtained that electrical equipment selected complies with safety requirements.

4.1 Reasons for selections made, including calculations, are documented in accordance with established procedures.
4.2 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

Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of electrical protections, equipment selection principles, installation arrangements for various electrical devices, cable selection, basic lighting principles, fault loop impedance, circuit protection .

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 40 nominal hours for independent study on technical standards, regulations and codes for general electrical installations and minor electrical installation project 

This unit covers follwing Essential Knowledge & Associated Skills elements:

2.1.1 Cable protection and support
2.1.2 Cable types and applications
2.1.3 Cables in buildings, structures and premises
2.2.1 Enterprise communication methods
2.2.2 Enterprise work activities records
2.3.1 Electrical control devices Drawings and diagrams Technical standards, regulations and codes for electrical installations Technical standards, regulations and codes for special electrical installations
2.5.10 Technical manuals and catalogues
2.5.11 Environmental and heritage awareness
2.6.1 Protection devices and applications Switchboards/distribution boards Electrical installations, wiring and accessories Electrical wiring systems
2.7.2 Electrical installations, equipment requirements
2.7.3 Electrical installations, safety principles and requirements Electrical installations, protection methods and devices Electrical installations, circuit arrangements and equipment selection Fixing and support devices and techniques
2.18.1 Occupational Health and Safety principles 

Teaching Schedule

Week            Topic Delivered                                                                                                                            Assessment Task

Semester 1

1  Power Systems

2  Cables, conductors and terminations 
3,     Electrical control devices 
4-6  Technical standards, regulations and codes for general electrical installations                               Assignment 
7-9     Lighting Priinciples

10-13  Current caring capacity 
11,12 Technical standards, regulations and codes for general electrical and special installations

13, 14  Maximum Demand                                                                                                                                           Project
15        Electrical installations, wiring and accessories 

16 Electrical wiring systems                                                                                                                                         Test
17  Electrical installations, equipment requirements                                                                                       
18 Electrical Installation design project

Semester 2

19-21 Voltage drops

22 Cable selection

23     Electrical installations, safety principles and requirements                                                                     Project               
24-25  Electrical installations, protection methods and devices 
26  Switchboards / distribution boards 
27 Electrical installations, circuit arrangements 
 28 Fault loop impedance                                                                                                                                          Assignment 
30 Selection of equipment for general electrical installations 
31 Arrangement equipment for general electrical installations 
32      Assessment                                                                                                                                                                Test 
33 -36 Project work Catchup assessment, assignment submission

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marko Dumovic "Electrical Installations"  RMIT 2010


- 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

Other Resources

- RMIT student local network drive: S:\Marko\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

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed through a range of practical exercises, assignments and progressive tests.

Assessment Tasks

Progressive and Validation 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.

Project 25% 
Design of  electrical installation for workshop involving 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. Project  requirements 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. 

Assignments 15% 
Satisfactory completion of prescribed class 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

Assessment Matrix


                                                                                                                                                                 Assessment Types

Competency National Code Competency Title Exercises AssignmentProject/
Tests Industrial
UEENEEE007BSelect and arrange equipment for general electrical installations                                                                                       X  XX 



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