EE 553

Course Schedule
Steady-state analysis (Fall 2012)

M, W  3:40-5:00, 204 Marston

Dr. Jim McCalley

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Course Structure EE 553 Spring 2011

Course :                    Electrical engineering 553 – Steady-state analysis (Power system operations and optimization)

Instructor :               Dr. Jim McCalley, Coover Hall, Room 1115

Office Hours :          Tuesday 12-1, Friday 12-1, 4-6, or by appointment

E-mail & Phone :, 294-4844 (Office), 233-0280 (Home), 294-8057 (Secretary)

Grader: None.

Course Web Page:

Course Objectives: See “Course objectives” link in table at top of this page.

Course Prerequisite:  Familiarity with power system analysis methods at the level of one of the standard text books on this subject, including the ones by Bergen & Vittal, Grainger & Stevenson, Glover & Sarma, Gross, del Torro, Saadat, and Elgerd. Familiarity with the following topics is essential: matrix algebra, calculus, network analysis theory including electric power flow analysis, and basic optimization concepts.

Required Student Materials:

1.        Text: Power generation operation and control, by Allen Wood and Bruce Wollenberg. Additional course materials will be posted to the website.

Quizzes: There will be two 55 minute exams during the semester and a comprehensive 2 hour final exam. No make-up exams will be given, unless there is a legitimate reason for missing the exam that is not under the student’s control, and the student makes appropriate arrangement with the instructor in advance of the scheduled exam.

Assignments: Besides two semester exams and the final exam, there will be two different types of assignments.

·         Homework problems: I will assign some homework problems to help you consider more deeply some of the material we will cover. Solutions to the problems will be made available to you, under “HW, Quiz solutions” of the course web site.

·         Project: The course project is (or will be) described under the “Course project” link at the top of this page.

Class Attendance: You are strongly encouraged to attend class, but role will not be called. However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL INFORMATION PRESENTED IN-CLASS. The web site and instructor, although available to you, are not responsible for providing you with in-class information if you choose not to attend class.

Class Preparation: A schedule of topics is given under “schedule” of the web site. Although we may deviate from this schedule a little, if you are attending class regularly, you should still be able to use it to tell what reading you need to do before class.

Course grading policy:

Exam 1


Exam 2


Final Examination








Letter grades will be determined by the following guidelines

90 and above


80 to 90-

A- / B+ / B

70 to 80-

B- / C+ / C

60 to 70-

C- / D+ / D

60- and below

D- / F


Communication: Feel free to communicate with me in any way that is convenient to you (after class, during office hours, phone, e-mail), for questions about the course material or assignments. E-mail is an especially good way, but response time here is variable, typically ranging from a minute to about 24 hours, depending on the nature of your questions and my schedule. I receive a large amount of e-mail, and occasionally I will miss one or delete one I should not. If you do not hear back from me in 24 hours, send me another one.

Disability Statement:

Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) from the Disability Resources (DR) office. Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact the Disability Resources Office coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please make arrangements to meet with me soon. Please request that a Disability Resources staff send a SAAR form verifying your disability and specifying the accommodations you will need. If you have a documented disability that requires assistance, you will need to go to the Disability Resource (DR) Office for coordination of your academic accommodations.