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ELEN435 - Introduction to Power Electronics

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN435 Course ID: 4614 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course takes a student with a basic understanding of circuit analysis and introduces them to the functionality, topography, and regulation of power electronic devices. Students will become skilled in power computations based on load design, conversion of DC/DC, DC/AC, AC/DC, and AC/AC circuits, rectifiers, voltage controllers, power supplies, inverters, and operations of semiconductor devices, and basic switching circuits. Students will also delve into software tools with embedded power electronic equations to simulate and investigate the behavior of power electronic circuits under various load settings and heat sync scenarios. They will also utilize software to experiment and manipulate power electronic equations and observe voltage and current waveforms. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisites: ELEN306 and ELEN325)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Course Objectives (CO):

CO-1 Summarize the basic operation of various power semiconductor devices and passive components.

CO-2 Analyze the basic principle of switching circuits.

CO-3 Design an AC/DC rectifier circuit.

CO-4 Design DC/AC converter circuits.

CO-5 Design AC/DC inverter circuits.

CO-6 Design AC/AC converter circuits.

CO-7 Analyze the role power electronics play in the improvement of energy usage efficiency and the development of renewable energy technologies.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. This announcement will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcement will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your introduction (2%), Forums (8%), Lab assignments (25%), weekly assignments (25%), and three exams (40%).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introductions: Each student must log into the classroom and introduce yourself to the class. This assignment is worth 20 points or 2 percent of your course grade. Your response is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be greater than 250 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific graded material questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the material is graded). If there is a question on a specific graded question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on graded questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool.

Lab Exercises: There are fifteen laboratory exercises that must be completed in order to pass the course. Despite having completed all other requirements for the course, you must complete all of the lab exercises in order to pass the course. You must demonstrate that you are competent in using the PSPICE/NI Multism unit to perform the laboratories.

Exams: There will be four exams, each worth 10% of your final grade. It is an open book, open note exam. It will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete the numbered exam by the end of the week indicated in the schedule.

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 2.00 %
Introduction Forum 2.00 %
Forums 8.00 %
Week 3 Forum 0.89 %
Week 5 Forum 0.89 %
Week 8 Forum 0.89 %
Week 10 Forum 0.89 %
Week 12 Forum 0.89 %
Week 13 Forum 0.89 %
Week 14 Forum 0.89 %
Week 15 Forum 0.89 %
Week 16 Forum 0.89 %
Lab Assignments 25.00 %
Week 4 Lab #2 1.92 %
Week 1 Tutorial #1 1.92 %
Week 2 Tutorial #2 1.92 %
Week 3 Lab #1 1.92 %
Week 5 Lab #3 1.92 %
Week 6 Lab #4 1.92 %
Week 6 Lab #3 1.92 %
Week 8 Lab #4 1.92 %
Week 9 Lab #5 1.92 %
Week 10 Lab #6 1.92 %
Week 12 Lab #7 1.92 %
Week 13 Lab #8 1.92 %
Week 14 Lab #9 1.92 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 2 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 3 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 4 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 5 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 6 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 7 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 8 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 9 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 10 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 11 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 12 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 13 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 14 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 15 Assignment 1.56 %
Week 16 Assignment 1.56 %
Exams 40.00 %
Week 10 Exam 1 10.00 %
Week 12 Exam 2 10.00 %
Week 14 Exam 3 10.00 %
Week 15 Exam 4 10.00 %
Book Title: Power Electronics - the VitalSource e-book is provided via the APUS Bookstore
Author: Hart
Publication Info: McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9780073380674
Book Title: Additional required items are available to order from the APUS Bookstore. If you buy these items from other vendors, you may not receive all the parts you need for your course. These items (as noted) are not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
ISBN: N/A
Book Title: NI Student Software Suite - access instructions provided inside the classroom
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 779252-3501
Book Title: NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 783068-01
Book Title: myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 783752-01
Book Title: NI myRIO Embedded Systems Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 783070-01
Book Title: NI Elvis Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 780381-02
Book Title: You must validate your cart to get access to your VitalSource e-book(s). If needed, instructions are available here - http://apus.libguides.com/bookstore/undergraduate
Author: N/A
Publication Info: N/A
ISBN: N/A
Book Title: Integrator Power Electronics Lab (Integrator Power Electronics Fundamentals Board for NI ELVIS II/II+) - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant
Author: National Instruments
Publication Info: National Instruments
ISBN: 784722-01

Book Title:Power Electronics - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780073380674
Publication Info:VS-McGraw-Hill
Author:Hart
Unit Cost:$145.66
Electronic ISBN:1259795330
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Starter Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:783068-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$119.08
Book Title:NI Student Software Suite - free access provided inside the classroom; if DVD is needed, purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701 (DVD not covered by the APUS Book Grant)
ISBN:779252-3501
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$63.00
Book Title:myParts Kit from Texas Instruments - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:783752-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$72.00
Book Title:NI myRIO Embedded Systems Accessory Kit - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:783070-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$171.00
Book Title:NI ELVIS III - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant - purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:785578-11
Publication Info:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$2,799.00
Book Title:Integrator Power Electronics Lab (Integrator Power Electronics Fundamentals Board for NI ELVIS II/II+) - this item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; purchase instructions are available here: https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/239701
ISBN:784722-01
Publication Info:National Instruments
Author:National Instruments
Unit Cost:$979.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.