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About the Course

This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5730, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. This course will provide you with a firm foundation in lithium-ion cell terminology and function and in battery-management-system requirements as needed by the remainder of the specialization. After completing this course, you will be able to: - List the major functions provided by a battery-management system and state their purpose - Match battery terminology to a list of definitions - Identify the major components of a lithium-ion cell and their purpose - Understand how a battery-management system “measures” current, temperature, and isolation, and how it controls contactors - Identify electronic components that can provide protection and specify a minimum set of protections needed - Compute stored energy in a battery pack - List the manufacturing steps of different types of lithium-ion cells and possible failure modes...

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Jan 23, 2019

Very good course for the beginners. Mr. Plett explains the concepts so clearly and his teaching style makes the subject more interesting. This course is very useful to those who are interested in BMS.


Jun 10, 2020

I must say, the instructor is extremely humble and very experienced. It has been an honour to learn from him. Some solved examples during the lectures might add to the already excellent experience.

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By Wreeju B

Nov 23, 2018

GOOD : The course material has been well thought out, is well organized and is quite comprehensive as far as an introduction to BMS goes.

BAD : There is no participation from the professor or his research assistants in the forum at all. Questions that are unanswered by other students just languish without response. The quizzes don't provide any solutions after submission for wrong answers leaving one to wonder what the correct answer is. I paid for this course but had zero forum support from the teaching staff versus other unpaid courses that I attended at Coursera which had far better support from professor and staff.


May 17, 2020

I loved the Course. Please go for it if you are really interested in batteries or want an upper hand in E-mobility battery research, this lays a strong foundation!!

Thanks a lot Gregory Sir!!

By tahreem h

Jun 20, 2022

I am from Mechanical Engineering, but the way professor taught was good that everything seems simple and assignments were quite helpful in understanding and use of equations.Enjoyed this course.

By sumit d

Apr 17, 2020

best courses for learning the basics of Battery management systems. The lessons are arranged in a logical way. Very meticulously planned course structure. Practically the course knowledge is applicable to many different applications. But the course mainly focuses on Automotive applications. The professor is very concise and direct to the point. A very good way of presentation of knowledge. Hence easy to understand. The best section is the quiz which is so relevant and full of numerical problems. Simply I enjoyed it a lot. Totally satisfied with the course contents and I feel very confident in the subject after the course completion.

By Abhishek P

May 18, 2020

It's my dream to build a safe electric vehicle for society, and this course has given me a leap to my goal. It gave me in-depth initial knowledge of protection, diagnosis, detection that is done by BMS, I got to know in-depth of working and making of Li-ion cells and battery packs. and also what all factors to be kept in mind to build safe battery packs. It is a very helpful course for me, who is stepping into the world of EV Technology

By Reddy P s s

Jan 23, 2019

Very good course for the beginners. Mr. Plett explains the concepts so clearly and his teaching style makes the subject more interesting. This course is very useful to those who are interested in BMS.

By Ram P U B

Oct 1, 2021

I am confident that I laid a good foundation in battery-management systems through this course. The concepts were very clearly explained and the professor's video lectures were great. He explains everything in each presentation slide properly without leaving me to think or imagine something of an unexplained concept by myself. I could follow the lectures completely and it was always clear what he said. This course is definitely a great choice and worth the investment of time, money and effort. I recommend this course to anyone reading this comment who can afford to spend just a month to learn the introduction to battery-management systems.

By Adhip S

Apr 25, 2020

This Course gave me a profound understanding about the battery management system used in various applications and especially in Electric Vehicles. Although I am having a mechanical engineering background but the specialization course is built so descriptive that I didn't face any perplexity. Looking forward at other courses of this specialization series. I enthusiastically endorse this course to people who are intrigued by this emerging technology.

By Cagatay C

Jun 28, 2020

Week 4 was the best of all. First 3 weeks were a bit too electro-chemical for my taste. Oh only down side of this course is that in quizzies, if you try again sometimes the questions change like instead of charge, a discharge value is asked randomly and if you are not careful you make a mistake and have to try again. I found it a bit annoying especially with the end of week quizzes when there are only 3 attempts allowed.

By Davide C

Apr 19, 2020

I work for an automotive Tier1 supplier, in the Powertrain division, and decided to attend this course to improve my knowledge of battery. What I missed was some basic knowledge of chemistry applied to batteries, and this course helped me to clarify my doubts. I am now proceeding to attend the next courses. Thanks.

By Sachin R

Jun 1, 2020

This course is incredibly detailed. The understanding that you can gain regarding Battery Management systems is very precise and informative. Thanks to the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs and Coursera for making this amazing course available to students.

By Vaishnavi S

Jun 11, 2020

I must say, the instructor is extremely humble and very experienced. It has been an honour to learn from him. Some solved examples during the lectures might add to the already excellent experience.

By Barnaby D

Mar 27, 2021

Brilliant course. Great lecturer - v clear delivery and covers all the key points: unlike other courses I have done, in this one you get to the exams with all the key knowledge you need. Bravo.

By Sandesh C

Apr 14, 2019

This course is really interesting .This includes the basic information of battery working which was very helpful for me as I am from Mechanical Engineering Background

By Kyuhwan Y

Jul 23, 2019

I think, after the test passed, the answer should be prepared for students. By the way, It was a great opportunity for learning the function of BMS

By Karan B

Jun 16, 2020

No words, for such an amazing content and teaching style. Just want to thank course and faculty member for their teaching style.


By G N

Jun 13, 2023

Recommended Course For any Electrical or Electronics Engineer

By John C

Sep 22, 2022

We've known for decades that speaking to a static powerpoint slide is among the least effective methods of teaching, and yet that is exactly how the Coursera courses that I have encountered from University of Colorado and University of California Irvine are delivered.

A concept is not "taught" until the students are taken through step-by-step solutions of relevant examples. This course fails based on that criterion alone.

Concepts involving mathematicaly equations should never be introduced in generalized form (i, j = 1 to n...) , but through simple specific examples first, then extended to general form only after the concept is fully explained.

After struggling with the course materials, I purchased both textbooks. That helped somewhat, but just like the presentation, methodically solved examples were lacking, and teaching was always in generalized format only.

Terms were used without proper introduction and explanation. One was use of the Greek letter "Xi"; I had to guess the meaning of the integration of the term meant by looking up common uses of the symbol in Wikipedia. Similarly, the term "k" was used for equations regarding discrete time intervals rather than instantaneous values, with no description or explanation. In the textbook, "k" was at least defined, but not properly explained.

I am glad that I took the course, I learned much, and I like the instructor, but the teaching methods leave oh so much to be desired. Due to the shortcomings listed above, it took a tremendous amount of time and effort to learn concepts which, properly presented, could be learned in 25% of the time, with a far deeper understanding.

By Anand N

Jul 29, 2023

The Introduction to Battery-Management Systems course proved to be an outstanding learning experience. Dr. Gregory Plett's expertise and engaging teaching style made complex concepts easily comprehensible. The course content was thoughtfully organized, allowing for a seamless learning journey, and the challenging assignments were both intellectually stimulating and rewarding.

I particularly appreciated the opportunity to explore the latest advancements in battery management, which kept the course relevant and forward-looking. However, to further enhance the course, incorporating more real-world examples of battery-management systems and discussing the specific challenges faced in different applications would be valuable.

The course maintained a well-balanced pace, ensuring that learners could grasp the material thoroughly without feeling overwhelmed. As someone working in a related field, I found the knowledge gained applicable to my work, making the learning experience even more valuable.

One of the course's standout features was Dr. Plett's approachability and willingness to assist with any queries. This created a supportive learning environment, encouraging students to actively engage with the material.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in battery-management systems. Its comprehensive content, excellent instructor, and practical applications make it an invaluable resource for developing a solid understanding of the subject.

By ashish s

May 30, 2021

The instructor is really really good. Explains everything in a clear way making sure the student understands everything well. The course material is perfectly and coherently arranged building up on concepts that were taught earlier. Amazing.

Goes for all Courses in this Specialization. Kudos to Professor Gregory. I am deeply gratified to be a student of such a great teacher and want to thank him a ton.

(This is also great in a way as I did not have a great experience with courses on coursera before and did not like the teaching methodology or how the instructors explained, so i left it and went and did many courses from other platforms. But took a leap of faith and joined one more time a course on this platform and it was great. I guess it is not about the platform, but the instructor in a particular course and Prof. Gregory is really good.)

By Shradhdha S

May 24, 2020

I used to believe that I have a good knowledge of battery basic and terminologies such as SOC, SOH etc. which, I gathered from the books and the literatures. After completing this course, I realized the physical meaning of all these terms, and they are different than the understanding I used to have. The content of the course and the Quizzes made me think in-depth and in a practical manner. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

By Carlos T

Jan 11, 2022

Very informative and well structured course. Prof. Plett explains very understandably the material and the foils are also quite good, can be used for information afterwards. I find the approach very useful, since it describes the requirements first and the handles each of them in detail. The amount of information for each unit is quite good, so by just investing a small time every day it can be accomplished without any problems.

By Abduljalil M

Nov 27, 2022

Excellent course, exactly what I was looking for, I am a mechanical engineer fresh graduate, this course built on my basic electrical education and provided insight on how and why BMS are important to any Electric Vehicle, but also applies to other applications of BMS, not necessarily in the automotive industry, highly recommended, the professor explains very clearly and his explanations follow a logical and structured order.

By Albert S

Apr 2, 2019

Introduction to battery-management systems is a fantastic course. It provides excellent introduction to the world of batteries, electric vehicle batteries and electric vehicles themselves. It emphasizes the importance of designing a good BMS. The lecturer is excellent and the lectures can be easily understood by both a layman and an engineer in the field. I would recommend it to anyone interested in electric vehicles.

By Roman F

Feb 13, 2023

This course gives a detailed explanation of Li-ion cells construction, design and principle of work which is very important for understanding the cell behaviour. A great deal of attention is paid to BMS functioning, design and architecture with a lot of ilustrative material wich makes it easier to understand how BMSs work. I am really impressed on how well the learning process is arranged