Power Electronics and Networks


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Linear algebra, Calculus, Mathematics, Basic electric circuits, AC-circuits and electro physics

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To offer students with basic knowledge about power electronics, such as transformers, inverters and converters etc., and fundamental knowledge about electrical machines. Network and data communication is essential part of most systems today so student learns the basics about networks & data communication.

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge of components in the area of Power Electronics including diodes, rectifiers, thyristor rectifiers, coils, transformers, capacitors, MOSFETs, bipolar transistors
  • Have knowledge of fundamental converter theory including Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost and Forward converter in both Continuous Conduction Mode and Discontinuous Conduction Mode.
  • Have knowledge of the principles of Pulse-Width Modulation
  • Have knowledge of the transformer idle and load curve including determining parameters through experiments
  • Have understanding of the principles and handling of systems characterized by numerous cooperating and communicating processes
  • Have knowledge about the comprehension of principles and techniques of modern data network systems and their communications
  • Have knowledge of basic embedded sensor networks


  • Must be able to apply stationary analysis for transformers and converters
  • Must be able to choose the right components and converter topology for a given task
  • Must be able to perform calculations of conduction losses, design criteria for choice of components
  • Must be able to design and build a coil for a given task
  • Must be able to understand OSI models and protocol concepts
  • Must be able to understand Layer 1 and 2 including basic data-transmission, MAC, LLC, HDLC
  • Must be able to understand network protocols and their programming, including IP, UDP, TCP, Sockets, and RPC.
  • Must be able to use concepts from the OSI model, including the MAC, network, transport and application layers.
  • Must be able to use TCP / IP protocol stack and be able to assess functions in the network, transport and application layers, including Quality of Service mechanisms.
  • Must be able to understand  and use network topologies for embedded sensor networks including SPI and I2C


  • Must be able handle development orientated situations in relation to stationary conditions for converters
  • Shall independently be able to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary corporations with a professional approach within converter design
  • Shall be able to analyse describe/design a communication network for a given system.
  • Shall be able to choose the right communication network topology for accessing various types of sensors for a given task

Type of instruction

The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:

  • Lectures
  • Classroom instruction
  • Project work
  • Workshops
  • Exercises (individually and in groups)
  • Teacher feedback
  • Reflection
  • Portfolio work

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examPower Electronics and Networks
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEffektelektronik og netværk
Module codeN-ED-B4-4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science