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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Addresses energy generation and related environmental problems. A project introduces students to the feasibility analysis of a particular technology for energy production, including technical, economic and Greenhouse Gas Emissions analyses. The decision-making process of whether to adopt a particular renewable energy technology is demonstrated in the project.

Unit content

Fossil energy, coal seam gas
Nuclear energy
Hydrogen energy
Renewable energy
Energy conservation
Global warming
CO2 control feasibility
Analysis of renewable energy technologies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 perform a thermodynamic analysis of energy production processes to predict energy requirement, outputs and system efficiencies, and explain the environmental impacts Intellectual rigour
2 evaluate the feasibility of a selected renewable energy technology Intellectual rigour Ethical practice
3 work successfully, on a typical engineering problem, within a team, and learn from the other team members Intellectual rigour
4 understanding environmental impact of different energy options Intellectual rigour Ethical practice
5 undertake guided self-learning. Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. perform a thermodynamic analysis of energy production processes to predict energy requirement, outputs and system efficiencies, and explain the environmental impacts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. evaluate the feasibility of a selected renewable energy technology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. work successfully, on a typical engineering problem, within a team, and learn from the other team members
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. understanding environmental impact of different energy options
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. undertake guided self-learning.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning