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SEE308 - Electrical Machines and Drives


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Aman Maung Than Oo

SEE207 or SEE210



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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 2 hours practical and project work per week. Students are required to attend and participate in project and laboratory-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week. Students are required to attend and participate in project and laboratory-based activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the scheduled day during the trimester intensive week (typically week 6).


This unit aims to provide students with principles of magnetic circuits, single phase and three phase transformers, real and reactive power, characteristics of electrical machines and drives (generator and motors) and power electronics fundamentals which are all used for many industrial applications such as utility power system, wind power generation, electric vehicle applications, power plants, and many industrial processes. This unit will also introduce variable speed motor drives and associated power electronic converters.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply fundamental technical knowledge to demonstrate the understanding of operation principles and characteristics of different electrical machines and drives. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate the application of systematic approaches to select appropriate machine for different industrial applications as well as the control design for the selected machine.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Apply problem-solving and research principles as part of the design of electrical machines and drive system. GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems associated with electrical machines and drives. GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Enhance communication and writing skills through active engagement during practical/project work in a team environment and reports on practical findings.

GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Laboratory reports  (students work in teams) Five individual practical laboratory reports 25% (5 x 5%) Scheduled submission date
Group project report Collaborative project report 25% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 50% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination and a mark of at least 50% in laboratory reports.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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