Module title: Distributed Generation Systems

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ELE11513
Module leader: Malcolm Renton
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Electronics Electrical and Mathematics


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Malcolm Renton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The module is delivered through face-face lectures, tutorials and software based practical sessions. The face-face contact is delivered through an integrated combination of lectures, tutorials and software based exercises. The lectures, for all three learning outcomes, contain frequent use of student activity in the form of interactive examples (LO1 and 3). The tutorial sessions allow the students to work informally in collaboration with their peers. Finally the software exercises primarily provide an opportunity to put into practice simulation of the work covered in the lectures relating to LO2 using industrially recognised software, ERACS.

Moodle supports the delivery and PowerPoint presentations are available for all of the module material. There is an extensive set of subject related internet links available on Moodle also; to assist the students locate additional, industrially relevant material. In addition, the lecturing staff on the module further support the students by adopting an open-door policy and through response to email requests for information and advice.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The software used for network analysis is industrially recognised software, ERACS. This provides them with first hand experience of this software which could be added to their CV and raised at interview. The case study used in one topic is based on a real industrial example of a distributed generation scheme.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module there are a series of tutorials, where students apply the taught theory on a number of examples. During these sessions, students are provided with help to tackle the problems then given feedback on their effort. Practical hardware demonstrations and simulation software exercises are undertaken in the lab, where discussions and informal feedback is given directly to the students.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments. The coursework comprises a technical report on problem solving on a practical electrical power system after load-flow and fault analysis. An exam assesses the student’s understanding of distribution system components, control aspects and smart grid implementation.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 19
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 159
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 2 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 60 1,3 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Synchronous and induction generators and their control. Power conversion equipment.
Distribution Networks: Technical issues such as voltage changes, fault levels and calculations, earthing, power quality, stability and protection. Regulations and Codes of Practice.
Smart Grids: Network Operations, Energy Management, Information & Control Interoperability and Electrical Energy Storage.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Recommend specifications of generators and their control options for use in Distributed Generation Systems.
LO2: Analyse a distributed network for use in a Distributed Generation System.
LO3: Examine and analyse functionality of elements of Smart Grids.

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