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Electrical Power Engineering Principles

Learn all the basic theories and principles of electrical engineering
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Created by Stephen Brooks
Last updated 12/2015
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Stephen Brooks is a Chartered Electrical engineer who has worked in the electrical power utility industry for over 30 years as a design engineer, commissioning engineer and construction project manager.

This module has been written to teach non-engineers the basics of electrical power engineering, and will also act as a useful revision tool for electrical graduate engineers or those engineers new to the industry.

The course uses detailed illustrations & simple explanations to convey the topics involved.

Future modules will develop these basic engineering ideas further and use them to show how an electrical power utility system is designed, constructed, tested and operated.

Who is the target audience?
  • people without an engineering background
  • graduate electrical engineers
  • school pupils
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What Will I Learn?
understand the basic principles behind electrical power engineering
know the difference between alternating current and direct current
understand ohms law
know how to use and apply kirchhoffs current law
understand how alternating current works
understand how capacitors work and how they affect the AC & DC systems
understand how inductors works and how they affect the AC & DC systems
know how electricity and magnetism are linked
know how to create a DC motor
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  • A basic knowledge of trigonometry and understand sin, cos & tan equations
  • Basic English language
  • An interest in engineering & how things work
Curriculum For This Course
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Electrical Power Engineering Module 1
10 Lectures 01:34:00

This a brief introduction for the electrical power engineering module 1 course

Preview 02:00

In this first section students will learn all about the basic principles of electrical engineering, including the differences between alternating current & direct current & what we need to make an electrical circuit.

Preview 09:50

In this second section students will be taken through some of the electrical laws including Ohms law and Kirchhoffs law and shown how they can be used to understand how the electrical circuits work.

Basic Electrical Laws

In this section students will be shown what vectors are and how they can be added and subtracted. They will also be shown how vectors can be used to create phasor diagrams.


In this section students will be shown the link between electricity and magnetism and how we can use electro-magnetism in useful ways.


Most of the power circuits we will study in later modules use Alternating Current ( AC ). In this section we will look at AC systems in detail, develop some equations and show what a three phase AC system is created.

Alternating Current

Resistors are the first three main load types we will be looking at on this course. In this section students will learn the differences between parallel and series resistors circuits and how resistors affect the AC power system.


In this section students will learn what a capacitor is and how they behave when connected to AC & DC systems


In this section students will learn what an inductor is and how it reacts when connected to an AC & DC system.


In this final section we will pull together all of the information that we've learned about the three main load types, and see how they affect the power drawn from the system

About the Instructor
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Chartered Electrical Engineer

Stephen Brooks is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 30 years experience working in the electrical utility industry, starting as an electrical design engineer before moving into the construction field as a senior project manager building high voltage substations for electrical utilities, consultants & large contractors all over the world.

I know want to use this knowledge to teach others about the lessons learned during my career and to pass on my experiences to encourage others to join the electrical power industry.

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