Course detail

Design of Power and Data Networks

FEKT-BPSDAcad. year: 2016/2017

The goal of the course is to introduce issues concerning the design of data and power distribution systems according to current standards to students, the general concepts related to the design with a focus on project development, budget planning, familiarization with drawings creation and computer-aided design.

The course is mainly focused on the system "smart" installations and electrical installations in smart buildings, programming of control systems, including the visualization.

In this course, the emphasis is placed primarily on laboratory and computer exercises in which students are introduced to modern software and hardware equipment, and where they test and work with modern and current technologies in practice. In particular, students test the integration and recovery of several types of system electrical installations in practice, including an operational installation run test.

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Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The study outcome is not a complete electric installation project of a building. After completing the course, student will probably not be able to draw up a design independently but should be able to answer the following questions:

- What are the general and legislative requirements for a designer?
- What is the hierarchy of legislation in the Czech Republic?
- What is the standard, technical regulation, the harmonized standard? How do they differ from each other?
- What is the project documentation and which requirements does it have to meet?
- What is the content of the technical report and what is its structure?
- What is the energy balance of the building?
- What are the basic principles of determining dimensions and power circuits’ protection?
- What are the basic principles of power circuits designing?
- What are the basic principles of structured cabling designing and similar data circuits?
- What is a system electrical installation and what principle does it work in?
- What is a smart building?
- What is BMS (Building Management System) and BIM (Building Information Modeling)?
- What are the basic principles of over-voltage protection designing and what is an over-voltage protection?
- etc.


Knowledge at a Bachelor's degree level is required. Furthermore, a basic knowledge of working with CAD programs is needed, ie. drawing of 2D images and diagrams, working with layers and objects, etc.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methodology is determined by different teaching techniques as they are described in Article 7 of the Study and Examination Regulations of the University. To diversify and improve the quality of teaching, some lectures are presented by invited experts. Students are informed about these lectures in advance and their attendance is recorded and can be included in overall evaluation of the course and might influence the total point score.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Marking of the subject is based on three mandatory components.

- Evaluation of an individual project carried out in the computer labs, and (if needed) completed outside of the classroom.
- Assessment of laboratory exercises where the student complies with assigned tasks. Until the teacher determines otherwise, no protocols are needed to finish the task, etc.
- Evaluation of Final exam test. It usually consists of "a, b, c" test via eLearning.

The points ratio (Pc, Lab, Ex) is specified by the teacher at the beginning of the semester. It is usually (40, 20, 40).

Course curriculum

Syllabus of lectures:
1. Introduction - the organization of the semester
2. General introduction to the designing, design specifics in electrical engineering, requirements for individual designing.
3. Legislation in the designing, standards and regulations, safety and personnel classification in electrical engineering.
4. Design terminology, project, project documentation, drawings and project documentation, technical reports, types of environmental influences, environment categories.
5. Designing of power distribution, energy balance, dimensions and protection, lighting circuits designs, materials used for electrical installations.
6. Low voltage, telecommunication and LAN networks designs, parallel, structured cabling, shielding and interference management. Requirements in terms of electromagnetic compatibility.
7. Bill of quantities, budgets, labor and materials price, calculations, calculation formulas.
8. Intelligent electrical installations in general, requirements, designing, programming.
9. Smart Buildings, Building Management System (BMS, IBMS), Building Information Modeling (BIM). (Invited lecture)
10. EZS and EPS distributions, uninterrupted power systems, emergency lighting systems (invited lecture).
11. Protection against lightning and surge protection. (Invited lecture)
12. Case study of the implementation of a residential house, the economic analysis. (Invited lecture)
13. System electrical installations KNX-EIB, Teco, Inels, etc. (invited lecture)

Training of profesional basics:
1. Introduction t the subject. Technical documentation, software support of designing, project assignment.

Computer exercises:
2. Modern designing software (AutoCAD, AstraSW, EPLAN), design methods, design support.
3. Basic installation circuits: socket circuits, circuits for fixed loads. Draft layout, installation zones, lighting circuits - design and control layout. The selection of lights and luminaires, lighting systems design - flow method.
4. Cables, cable lines - construction, design and installation, storage systems.
5. Data distribution: computer networks and communication networks, LAN, phone lines. Topology layout, structured cabling systems, security and fire alarm installation (EPS, EZS).
6. Dimensions and Protection: Design of low voltage switchgear and facilities, electrical protection in low voltage systems, circuit breakers, fuses.
7. Internal over-voltage/surge protection, lightning and atmospheric over-voltage protection.

Laboratory exercises:
8. Classical wiring, connection and control of lighting circuits, use of pulse relays, start-up asynchronous motor.
9. Intelligent electrical installations; INELS. Wiring, programming and "recovery" of intelligent electrical installations.
10. Intelligent electrical installations Ego-n. Wiring, programming and "recovery" of intelligent electrical installations.
11. Intelligent electrical installations KNX. Wiring, programming and "recovery" of intelligent electrical installations.
12. Intelligent electrical installations KNX. Light control, use of the DALI protocol.
13. Intelligent electrical installations Teco, security systems and more available laboratory tasks.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the general aspects of designing, to provide basic information on the designers’ requirements, both professional and legislative and regulatory, to familiarize students with the creation and conditions of project documentation, to explain the basic principles of power socket, lighting circuits and low voltage circuits designing. Furthermore, students will be familiarized with the principles of budgeting and work and materials valuation, the principle of function of system electrical installations and the features of smart building, including security and fire protection distributions. Last but not least, students will be familiarized with the principle of protection against surges and lightning strikes. The information pack will be concluded with a case study of the implementation of the residential building type and economic analysis of the designer’s work.

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

Lectures on the subject are optional. The attendance of the lectures presented by expert is recorded, and will be included in overall evaluation of the course and might influence the total point score.

Computer exercise and training in profesional basics is optional. Drawing up an individual project is mandatory.

Laboratory exercises and completion of all laboratory tasks are mandatory.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Dvořáček, K., Csirik, V.:Projektování elektrických zařízení, Praha IN-EL 1999
Bulletin IP ILPC 2012 Ochrana před bleskem v praxi (možno stáhnout z:
Elektrotechnické a telekomunikační instalace. Praha: Verlag Dashofer nakladatelství, s.r.o., 2006. ISBN 80-86897-06-0
Electrical Wiring Residential, 17th Edition, Mullin/Simmons, ISBN10: 1-4354-9826-7, ISBN13: 978-1-4354-9826-6
Hrádek, Vladimír, Zákon o technických požadavcích na výrobky / Vladimír Hrádek, Oldřich Vobořil, Ostrava : Montanex, 2001, 187 s. ; 21 cm, 80-7225-047-7 (brož.)
Burant J.; Požární bezpečnost elektrických instalací, IN-EL, Praha, 2004, ISBN 80-86230-33-3
Steinbauer M. & kol.; Bezpečnost v elektrotechnice, VUT Brno, 2009,
Heřman J. & kol.; Elektrotechnické a telekomunikační instalace Verlag Dashofer, Praha 2007, ISBN 80-86897-06-0,
GEISLER, Michal a kol. Bezdrátové ovládání elektrických spotřebičů. 2., dopl. vyd. Praha: BEN - technická literatura, 2001. 111 s. ISBN 80-7300-013-X.
Burant J.; Blesk a přepětí, systémová řešení ochran, FCC Public, Praha 2006, ISBN 80-86534-10-3
Další a další publikace a katalogy a školící materiály firem. např viz.

Recommended reading

Příručka pro projektování, montáže a revize, SALTEK 1998, 1999
Gašparovský, D.: Elektrické rozvody a inštalácie. Bratislava, FEI STU 2001, 287 s. ISBN 802271528X, 9788022715287
POLÁČEK, Dušan; PETRÁSEK, Alen; ČERMÁK, Václav. . Moderní elektroinstalace : elektroinstalační úložné materiály a jejich užití. Ostrava : Montanex, 1998. 207 s. : il. ISBN 80-85780-81-X.
HUDEC, Jaroslav. Přepětí a elektromagnetická kompatibilita. Vyd. 1. Hradec Králové: HAKEL, 1996, 229 s. ISBN 80-902201-0-x.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-B Bachelor's

    branch B-AMT , 3. year of study, winter semester, optional interdisciplinary
    branch B-SEE , 3. year of study, winter semester, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, optional specialized

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


General introduction into design, specific features of electrical engineering design, requirements for independent design.
Legislature for design, norms and regulations, work safety and the classification of competencies for workers in electrical engineering.
Terms for design, project, project documentation, lay-out documentation, Categorizing influences of environment, categories of areas.
Assessment specifications, budgets, appreciating work and material, calculations, calculation formulas.
Connecting and interconnecting materials, conductors, wiring cables, wiring, dimensioning conductors, industrially materials used.
Electrical insulation materials in low voltage networks, design of low voltage switchboards, grounding, lightning conductors, protective interconnections.
Electronic security systems and electronic fire alarm systems, back-up power supplies, emergency lighting systems.
Construction materials for high and very high voltage, wiring constructions, design of loose wiring, cable wiring.
Design of co-generation units, connecting conditions of power distribution plants, dimensioning of main connections and the choice of circuit breakers.
Design of large complexes of electrical power systems, a general approach to an electric power system, energy-related, economic and ecological balance, other influences upon the environs.
Design of hydroelectric, wind and solar power plants and other alternative electric power sources.
Modern systems for design, computer-aided design, CAD, CAM, CAE systems, present design trends.
The tasks of a developer in the future in the sphere of electric power systems, general view of electrical power problems in the present and in the future.

Fundamentals seminar

6 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Examples of the creation of lay-out documentation.
Dimensioning conductors calculation.
Loose wiring calculation.

Exercise in computer lab

21 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Assignment of an electrical installation project.
Elaborating a project documentation.
Elaborating a project documentation.
Elaborating assessment specification and works appreciation.
Elaborating assessment specification and materials appreciation.
Electrical wiring design.
Short circuit current calculations and conductor dimensioning.
Assignment of a switchboard project.
An independent switchboard project.
An independent switchboard project.

Laboratory exercise

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Lighting installation.
Drawer instalittion.
Connection of induction motor.
Systeme of intelligent electro-installations, installation and programing.