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What you will learn

  • Understand how to implement the power semiconductor devices in a switching converter

  • Understand the origins of the discontinuous conduction mode and be able to solve converters operating in DCM

  • Understand the basic dc-dc converter and dc-ac inverter circuits

  • Understand how to implement transformer isolation in a dc-dc converter, including the popular forward and flyback converter topologies

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23%

started a new career after completing these courses

17%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

11%

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100% online

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Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...

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This course is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Ch 4.1: Switch Realization

4 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Sect. 4.1.2 Current-Bidirectional Switches13m
Sects. 4.1.3-5 Two- and Four-Quadrant Switches, Synchronous Rectifiers16m
2 readings
If you have problems with the Coursera system10m
Homework Assignment 1: hard copy10m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment 1: Switch Realization3h
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Ch 4.2: Power Semiconductor Switches

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 202 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Sect. 4.2.1.1 Diode Rectifiers20m
Sect. 4.2.1.2 Equivalent Circuit Modeling of Switching Loss16m
Sect. 4.2.1.3 Boost Converter Example11m
Sect. 4.2.1.4 More About Rectifiers20m
Sect. 4.2.2.1 Power MOSFETs18m
Sect. 4.2.2.2 MOSFET Gate Drivers27m
Sect. 4.2.3 BJTs and IGBTs25m
Sect. 4.3 More About Switching Loss6m
Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors14m
Simulation of a Synchronous Boost Converter13m
2 readings
LTspice File: Synchronous Boost Converter1m
Hard copy and zip file for simulation assignment1m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment #2: Simulation1h 30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Ch 5: Discontinuous Conduction Mode

4 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Sect. 5.2 Analysis of the Conversion Ratio M(D,K)16m
Sect. 5.3 Boost Converter Example19m
1 reading
Homework Assignment 3: Hard Copy10m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment #33h
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Ch 6: Converter Circuits

5 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 91 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Sect. 6.1.4 How to Synthesize an Inverter10m
Sect. 6.2 A Short List of Nonisolated Converters8m
Sect. 6.3 Transformers13m
Sect. 6.3.2 The Forward Converter29m
Sect. 6.3.4 The Flyback Converter14m
1 reading
Homework Assignment #4: Hard Copy10m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment #4: Chapter 63h

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About the Power Electronics Specialization

Courses 1, 2, and 3 in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here. Courses 5 and 6 will be offered in the degree program soon. Design modern switched-mode power converters; create high-performance control loops around power converters; understand efficiency, power density and cost trade-offs By 2030, 80% of all electrical energy will be processed by power electronics. Professional advantages continue to grow for technical engineers who understand the fundamental principles and technical requirements of modern power conversion systems. This specialization covers design-oriented analysis, modeling and simulation techniques leading to practical engineering of high-performance power electronics systems....
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