Short Title:Electrical Installation Practice
Full Title:Electrical Installation Practice.
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EINP H2001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electronics and automation
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module imparts knowledge and skills to enable the student to select and specify the components of a domestic/light industrial electrical installation incorporating some local renewable electricity generation. The module also introduces some aspects of large scale electrical distribution systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe and specify the components and construction of Low Voltage domestic and industrial electrical distribution systems
LO2 Describe the components and construction and protection of the service providers LV distribution
LO3 Explain and analyse the control of small generators and convertors
LO4 Specify the hardware needed to integrate small scale generation equipment with a local installation: cabling, protection, batteries, controllers, inverters, switchgear Explain the technical and legal requirements for
LO5 Explain the technical and legal requirements for connection to the Service Providers distribution system
LO6 Safely perform electrical measurements on AC electrical systems. Analyse data to extract peak, average and trend information, and find solutions to electrical supply/demand problems
LO7 Understand the dangers of electrical shock,and the practical protection methods available.
LO8 Work together in small groups, and present their work in a formal report including group presentation.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Users Electrical Distribution System:
Distribution network, Switch gear Wiring, bus-bars, cables. Fault calculations. Protective devices; discrimination Power factor and power factor correction sizing and considerations for location.. Harmonic quality Back up systems, UPS Wiring and protection of industrial loads, compressors, heating and refrigeration plant
Service providers Distribution circuit:
Service agreement, and power quality issues. System types. Hardware: transformer: construction, location, rating, connection and protection. Transformer construction, losses testing, connection of multiple sources in parallel.
Distributed generation.
Integration of small scale micro generation equiptment to the low voltage network. Potential energy use strategies: battery charging: Battery characteristics, storage capacity, charge and discharge rates, longevity with different usage cycles. Battery charging hardware, wiring and protection. Wiring and protection. Disconnection and regulation requirements for Service provider.
Case Studies:
(1) Detailed report for the specification and design of electrical supply for a large item (100kw) of new plant in an existing light industrial distribution system. To include cable sizing, protective devices, fault current calculations, implications on capacity of existing supply transformer. To include group work and formal presentation. (2) A detailed report using power quaility meter data extracted from ESB transformer for a small housing estate. The report should using excel/matlab software determine total harmonic distortion of the load, identify harmonnic breaches, and make practical recommendations re possible solutions. to include group work and formal presentation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Fault level analysis for industrial unit 1,2,7 5.00 Week 2
Continuous Assessment Specifications and design of supply cable to compressor or motor 1,2,4,5 5.00 Week 4
Continuous Assessment Specification of a power factor correction system for a given electrical load/installation. 1,2,4 5.00 Week 6
Continuous Assessment Case study analysis of power quaility availability data from a distribution transformer 3,5,6,8 15.00 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Case study electrical installation design. 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 10.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer/Lab Practical Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer/Lab Practical Laboratory 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent Learning Work outside of Class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Geoffrey Stokes, 2009, A Practical Guide to the Wiring Regulations, 3rd ed Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781405177016]
  • Electro-Technical Council 2008, National Rules for Electrical Installations
  • Edward Hughes, John Hiley, Keith Brown, Ian McKenzie Smith, 2008, Hughes Electrical & Electronic Technology, 10th ed Ed., Longman Scientific USA [ISBN: 9780132060110]
Recommended Book Resources
  • H. Lee Willis 2004, Power distribution planning reference book, 2nd Ed., Marcel Dekker USA [ISBN: 9780824748753]
  • John F. Walker, Nicholas Jenkins, Wind energy technology [ISBN: 0 471 96044 6]
  • Austin Hughes 2006, Electric motors and drives, 6th ed Ed., Newnes Oxford [ISBN: 9780750647182]
  • Colin Bayliss 2007, Transmission and distribution electrical engineering, 3rd ed Ed., Elsevier Science UK [ISBN: 9780750666732]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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