Circuit Analysis And Electrical Power System Curricular Development For The Power Engineering Technology Program Conference Paper uri icon


  • In response to the potential growth of the power generation industry, the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A & M University is creating a new BS degree program in Power Engineering Technology. The curricula of two circuit analysis courses are redesigned to address the needs of the newly established Power Engineering Technology program. This paper discusses the details of the curricula development effort started in the Spring of 2008. Traditionally, for Electronics Engineering Technology students at Texas A & M University, circuit analysis is covered in two separate courses in sequence. The first course teaches DC circuit analysis techniques and the second course develops AC techniques. The new curricula combine the DC circuit analysis materials with part of the AC circuit analysis material to become a course covering the fundamental circuit analysis materials. The second course focuses on advanced AC circuit topics and power systems. It starts with an introduction to the power generation and transmission. The principles of motors and generators are introduced. AC power and power factor correction are discussed next, followed by resonance, filter, transformer, and polyphase systems. The laboratory classes are also redesigned to include more motor, generator experiments. Software packages such as MultiSIM and MATLAB are introduced to help the students better understand the theory and laboratory experiments. While the focus for the second course is on electrical power systems, much of the AC circuit analysis material covered in the first class is used to analyze the circuits related to motors, generators, resonant circuits, transformers, and polyphase systems, such that the students are still exposed to the circuit analysis tools in two consecutive semesters. Feedback from the students is used to continually improve the curriculum. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2009.

name of conference

  • 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings

published proceedings

  • 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhan, W., Beasley, R., Porter, J., & Morgan, J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Zhan, Wei||Beasley, Ryan||Porter, Jay||Morgan, Joseph

publication date

  • June 2009