Course EE 369

Power Systems


Fall 2014

Unique Number 17265

Meeting time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 to 3:30pm, PAR 201

Ross Baldick
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
UT Administration Building UTA 7.231 
The University of Texas at Austin

Tel: (512) 471-5879; Fax: (512) 471-5532 

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm to 4:45pm, TBD.

Please email me if you want to see me outside of these office hours.

Course description:

This course is an introduction to power systems engineering.  Topics include (with chapters of the text in parenthesis):


Electrical Engineering 438 (or 338) or 331 or 331K with a grade of at least C.     


I expect that you will spend five to seven hours on average per week  outside of class on this course to read the textbook, review the class material, and work on homeworks.

I expect you to have read over the material in the textbook  ahead of class so that class time is used efficiently to explain concepts.

Please come to office hours with prepared questions.

I may have to cancel one or two classes during the semester in order to attend conferences.  We will schedule make-up classes for these cancelled classes since the semester will be extremely full of material to cover.

I do not take attendance and you are free to attend or not attend class as you choose.  However, if you come to class, please be prompt.  Please be seated in class by the time the start-of-class bell rings.  If a homework is due, please put it on the desk in the classroom prior to the start-of-class bell.


Additional course resources:

I will be using slides developed by Thomas Overbye (Professor at the University of Illinois and co-author of the textbook) with some additions:

You may also find the following books helpful as an additional resources:

Homework policy:

Homeworks will be assigned approximately once per week, except during the week of the mid-term.  Each student must turn in their own work, but I encourage students to discuss difficult problems with me during office hours or with other students.  You are expected to make an honest, independent attempt to solve and turn in your answers to each homework question.  

Homeworks will be due in at the beginning of class on the due days assigned.  Homeworks turned in after the due time and date are considered late. 

All homeworks must be turned in by the last day of the semester to pass the course.   Late homeworks will be awarded a grade of zero unless permission for late submission is sought and given in advance of the due date.

Quiz and exam policy:

There will be one mid-term and a final in this class.  Date and locations for mid-term and final:

No make-up exams will be given.  Excused absence from a mid-term exam must be obtained in advance.  In this case, the student's final exam grade will be substituted for the missed exam.  In the case of an excused absence from the final exam, the course grade will be based on the homework and mid-term exam.  Unexcused absences from a mid-term or final will result in a grade of zero for that exam.  Excused absences from exams will be made only in extreme circumstance (serious illness, death in the immediate family, etc).  Requests for excused absences should be made in advance in writing and must be supported by appropriate documentation.

Grading policy:

A final score will be calculated based on:

The final score will be used to establish the ranking for grades. The B to A cutoff will be at approximately 90% or more. The C to B cutoff will be at approximately 80% or more.

Homework 1:

Complete by the beginning of class on Thursday, September 4.

  1. Purchase the textbook and read Chapters 1 and 2, including the Case Studies.  Note that the emphasis at the beginning of Chapter 1 is on states outside of Texas that are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  For a Texas perspective, see recent history of Texas
  2. Turn in solutions to Problems 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 2.11, 2.13, 2.16, 2.18, 2.23, 2.25. (Note that there are both Multiple Choice Questions and Problems at the end of each chapter. The homework involves the Problems.)
  3. Turn in solutions to Case Study Questions A., B. C. D. One or two sentences suffices for each Question.

Homework 2:

Complete by the beginning of class on Thursday, September 11.

  1. Install PowerWorld on your laptop.
  2. Turn in solutions to Problems 2.26, 2.27, 2.28, 2.29, 2.30, 2.32, 2.33, 2.35, 2.37, 2.39, 2.40.

Academic dishonesty and policies on cheating:

Faculty in the ECE Department are committed to detecting and punishing all instances of academic dishonesty and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty in accordance with university policy.  Academic dishonesty, in all its forms, is a blight on our entire academic community.  All parties in our community professors, staff, and students are responsible for creating an environment that educates outstanding engineers, and this goal entails excellence in technical skills as well as ethical integrity.  Industry wants engineers who are competent and fully trustworthy, and both qualities must be developed day-by-day throughout an entire lifetime.  

Details about what constitutes academic dishonesty can be found at the following URL: UT Dean of Students Office (

All cheating will be reported directly to the college/university. Unless explicitly indicated in an assignment, you must do your homeworks, projects, and exams individually.  You are welcome and encouraged to discuss material with your colleagues, when and where it is appropriate,  but copying, stealing papers, etc. are considered dishonest and will be prosecuted.

Allegations of Scholastic Dishonesty will be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in Appendix C, Chapter 11, of the General Information Bulletin,

The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4241 TDD, or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities, 471-4321.