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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL6245
Tracking Number - 2870

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC 5/6/13 Elective. Desc long; no objs. emld 5/10/13. pswd set 7/21/13. Chg to Dilley; emld 12/5/13. Chg 1/28/13. Desc updtd. Need Obj. Emd 5/2/14. Obj / LO rev. Emld 5/20/14. Upd. Need LO 9/19. GC Appd; to Sys 11/17; to SCNS 12/1. Apprd. Eff 2/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-04-19
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Dilley, Cherie
  6. Phone: 813-974-2659
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEL
  9. Number: 6245
  10. Full Title: Power Electronics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Power Electronics
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites: EEL-3302
  24. Course Description: Covers topology, circuit analysis, and applications of various converters. Converters include switch-mode dc/dc converters, dc/ac converters and line frequency rectifiers and inverters. Applications of converters in dc motor control and ac motor control.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? 12-20 students per year
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Specialist in the area of power electronics and electrical machines
  29. Objectives: This course has the following objectives.

    1. Develop a detailed understanding of dc/dc switching mode power electronic circuit topologies and be able to carry out circuit analysis and Fourier transformation to understand the relationship between input and output voltage/current as well as the harmonic components in voltage and current waveforms.

    2. Develop a detailed understanding of dc/ac switching mode power electronic circuit topologies and variety of modulation techniques (including square wave and pulse width modulation (PWM)) to synthesize sinusoidal ac waveforms. Discuss the relationship between input and output voltage/current waveforms. Discuss the harmonic components in voltage and current waveforms.

    3. Discuss dc/dc and dc/ac PWM-based feedback control examples to demonstrate how to achieve control objectives, e.g., a constant output voltage.

    4. Develop a detailed understanding of line frequency ac/dc rectifier and inverter circuit using diodes and thyristors. Derive relationships between input and output voltage/currents through circuit analysis and Fourier transformation.

    5. Train students to use PSCAD, an industry power system simulation software to simulate the power electronic circuits. Use PSCAD to solve homework problems.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Learning Outcomes - students will be able to:

    1. Describe the role of Power Electronics as an enabling technology in various applications such as energy conservation, renewable energy etc.

    2. Identify a switching power pole as the basic building block and to use Pulse Width Modulation to synthesize the desired output.

    3. Design the switching power-pole using the available power semiconductor devices, their drive circuitry and driver ICs and heat sinks. Students will be able to model these in PSCAD or PSPICE.

    4. Learn the basic concepts of operation of dc-dc converters in steady state in continuous and discontinuous modes and be able to analyze basic converter topologies.

    5. Using the average model of the building block, quickly simulate the dynamic performance of dc-dc converters and compare them with their switching counterparts.

    6. Design controllers for dc-dc converters in voltage mode.

    7. Design, using simulations, the interface between the power electronics equipment and single-phase and three-phase utility using diode rectifiers and analyze the total harmonic distortion.

    8. Learn the requirements imposed by electric drives (dc and ac) on converters and synthesize these converters using the building block approach.

    9. Understand, simulate and design single-phase and three-phase thyristor converters.

    10. Learn the role of Power Electronics in utility-related applications which are becoming extremely important.

  31. Major Topics: Topic 1 Power Electronics Overview and Introduction

    Topic 2 A Review of Circuits and Magnetics

    Topic 3 Power Semiconductor Devices

    Topic 4 AC to DC Conversion

    Topic 5 DC to DC Switched Mode Converters

    Topic 6 Switched Mode DC to AC Converters

    Topic 7 AC-AC Converters

    Topic 8 Resonant Converters

    Topic 9 Switching DC Power Supplies

    Topic 10 Motor Drive Applications

    Topic 11 Utility Issues

  32. Textbooks: Power Electronics Converters, Applications, and Design, N. Mohan, T. Undeland, W. Robbins, John Wiley & Sons, Third Edition, 2003, ISBN 0-471-22693-9.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Graded homework assignments 40% of course grade.

    Mid term test in class 20% of course grade.

    Take home final exam 40% of course grade

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: MSEE, MSES, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: none

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