Course detail

Power Systems

FEKT-MPA-PSYAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is taught in english and focuses mainly basic information on electrical power engineering. The focus is on gradual acquisition of english terminology, from basic mathematical formulation and pronunciation math formulas, variables, mathematical notation to specialized topics such as the nuclear power industry. Students will learn about the early history of electricity, the major personalities, who were at the start of the first power plants and electrical energy systems. They will learn how the works systems of generation, transmission and distribution as part of electric power transmission systems in the Czech Republic, but also on an european scale. Some lectures are focused to problems with production of electricity in nuclear power stations, concept of modern nuclear facilities, spent fuel management. Furthermore, there are presented information from the field usage of electricity for lighting and heating systems. Other parts are topics devoted to alternative and renewable energy sources.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will be able to:
- translate basic words and phrases from / into english
- explain in english the main conceptual definitions
- list in english basic type of light sources
- list in english major parts of thermal power plants
- list in english source of renewable energy.
- write in english basic photometric quantities
- explain the abbreviations in the field of nuclear energy and reactors
- answer questions arising from the spoken text or video
- communicate in english with a focus on power engineering.


The student who select the subject should have a basic knowledge of the english language at least at intermediate level. Required knowledge in the field of electricity corresponding to the level of a bachelor's degree.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Elliott T. C., Chen K., Swanekamp R. C.: Standard Handbook of Powerplant Engineering. 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. ISBN 0-07-019435-1. (EN)
Sörensen, B., Renewable Energy, Elsevier Ltd., fourth edition 2011, ISBN: 978-0-12-375025-9, pp. 954 (EN)
Elanchezhian, C., Saravanakumar, L., Vijaya Ramnath, B., Power Plant Engineering, I.K. International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 2007 (reprint 2011), ISBN: 978-81-89866-30-3 (EN)
IESNA Lighting Handbook 9th edition, Reference & Application“ IESNA New York, USA, ISBN 0-87995-150-8 (EN)
Saadat,H.:Power system analysis.McGraw-Hill Education, 2009, ISBN 9780071281843 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is organized as a sequence of independent lectures, which are lectured on various topics and different teachers, so that students had the opportunity to listening different pronunciations and different areas.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students complete a compulsory final test, where can obtain 100 points. Part of test is to check fundamental knowledge of concepts, vocabulary, explanations of basic definitions, listing some of the key components of energy systems. Test is in writing form and its result is used for graded assessment. As part of activities on lectures, participate in discussions, answering short questions, etc., a student can obtain up to 20 points, which are added to the final test up to a maximum of 100 points.

Language of instruction

English, Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction, Basic Concepts and Ideas
2. Renewable energy
3. Electrical Power Distribution
4. Control and Information Systems in Power Systems
5. Light Sources and Use of Electrical Energy for Lighting
6. Electrical Power Generation
7. Reactor Physics Introductory Lecture
8. Use of Electrical Energy for Heat Application
9. Lighting technology, design, measure and maintenance
10. Radioactive waste management: Can nuclear energy be a sustainable energy source?
11. Free topic - invited lecturer
12. Nuclear research after Fukusima


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with english terminology of electrical power engineering with the help of interesting topics in the field of power and energy. In this course, students are lectured by English interpretations learn the most common and basic information on energy and learn english terminology and phrases. The focus is on frequently used words and phrases, the main concepts of energy generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy and also in terms of energy consumption. Students will gain an overview of the energy industry in a broader context and will understand the keywords that are in the area commonly used in scientific texts. Another objective is to provide students with an alternative in the field of power energineering, such as renewable energy, unconventional energy sources and energy in a broader context.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Teaching consists of lectures, which are not compulsory. Teacher registers an attendance list, which is used for the registration of student activities in the discussions and short questions during lectures.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-EEN Master's, any year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPC-MEL Master's, any year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, elective