Towards an integrated Power Engineering curriculum using active learning.

Project Description

The increasingly multi-disciplinary nature of the engineering profession calls for the integration of the curriculum to help students build connections between topics. In power engineering, the situation is further exacerbated by the transition towards future smart grids that requires expertise that sit outside of the core domain. In BE (Power) curricula instructors have found that students come to lectures unprepared to extend their knowledge. Remedying this consumes both time and the attention span of students. To counter this situation, this project will develop a suite of interactive computer-based demonstrations of key power engineering ideas and methods. Demonstrations pertinent to a unit’s content will be provided to students in advance of lectures, with the primary aim of engaging students in taking responsibility for their own pre-class preparation. By developing these demonstrations all at once, the coherence of teaching material across the BE (Power) will be improved. In addition, the project will produce a guide to developing further interactive demonstrations, so that it might be applied across other units in SEIE, FEIT and the University.

The Team

Dr Archie Chapman
Gregor Verbic
Ke Meng
Swamidoss Sathiakumar
Jin Ma

2017 Project Updates


The project 'Towards an integrated Power Engineering curriculum using active learning' has kicked off, and our first dynamic systems demonstrations are under development. The project has been expanded beyond power to include units in telecommunications and chemical engineering, which also rely on the mathematics of differential equations and linear algebra, systems stability and optimisation.

Mr Weicong Kong has been hired to assist with developing the package of MATLAB code and user interfaces supporting the demonstrations. He began working on the project in May.

Meanwhile, the final demonstrations are being refined by the academic teaching staff involved in the project, with the design of the pre-lecture assessment associated with them due to begin soon.