Course Title: Select and arrange equipment for general electrical installations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

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.

Performance Criteria:

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. Arrange installation into circuits.

Performance Criteria:

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. Select cables, protection and switchgear.

Performance Criteria:

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 Document electrical installation.

Performance Criteria:

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 Introduction; Power systems;  Video: Harnessing Nature’s Power
2 Power generation, distribution, three phase power generation, star and delta connection, phase and line voltage; conditions for paralleling generators;
Videos: Three phase power generation and distribution; Power Demand
3 Electrical installation design requirements;  Industrial power distribution and utilization system.  Video: Electricity Distribution
4 Multiple Earthed Neutral System; Technical standards, regulations and codes for general electrical installations
5 Cables, insulations, temperature rating and wiring accessories; Video : Power Turbines
6 Transformer percentage impedance.  Fault level calculations  Video: World toughest Fixes: Fixing live power lines
7 Electrical installations, equipment requirements
8 Electrical installations, safety principles and requirements
9 Electrical installations, protection methods and devices  Video: Residential Wiring: 1 Installation Planing
10 Switchboards / distribution boards
11 Electrical installations, circuit arrangements
12 Lighting                                                                                                                                                                             Assignment 1    5%
13 Current caring capacity
14 Cable selection, derating factors
15 Selection of equipment for general electrical installations
16 Maximum Demand : Domestic Installations
17 Maximum Demand : Domestic Installations                                                                                                             Test 1                     35%
18 Catchup assessment, assignment submission

19 Maximum Demand : Industrial Installations
20 Maximum Demand : Industrial Installations                                                                                                             Assignment 2          5%
21 Voltage Drops
22 Voltage Drops                                                                                                                                                                  Project                    15 %
23 Voltage Drops
24 Circuit protection                                                                                                                                                            Assignment 3           5 %
25 Circuit protection
26 Arrangement equipment for general electrical installations
27 Fault loop impedance
28 RCD
29 Assessment                                                                                                                                                                    Test 2                          35%
30-35 Electrical Installations Project                                                                                                                                  Project                        15 %

36 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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