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Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)

  • M1268MASTER OF RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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Title Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Course Code M1268
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Academic Contacts http://www.murdoch.edu.au/contacts/academic/school/School_of_Engineering_and_Information_Technology
Qualification Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
International Online (Australia) ['INT-ONLINE'] (external) (International offshore students only)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This 2 year course offers advanced training in the area of renewable and sustainable energy systems, sustainable energy policy, energy efficiency and carbon management. The first year is the Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies or the Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment. In the second year students will complete a research dissertation, in the areas of renewable and sustainable energy and including the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, or professional experience in a related area.
Students may be eligible for advanced standing in the Masters if they have achieved AQF Level 8 in a recognised, cognate discipline. Some of the units taken assume some prior knowledge, details of which are given in the description of each unit in the Handbook. Some students may therefore need to complete additional prerequisite units.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements This course is available to external students anywhere in the world who wish to study off campus by using on-line facilities. Assistance is provided by tutors who correspond with students by telephone, email or the Internet.
Course Learning Outcomes Please see the Learning Outcomes from the curriculum descriptions of the Graduate Diploma of Energy and Carbon Studies or Graduate Diploma of Energy and the Environment.
In addition to the learning outcomes referred to above, Graduates of this Master's Degree will have:
A body of knowledge that incorporates an understanding of recent developments in the areas of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency.
Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the fields of renewable and sustainable energy, energy efficiency and climate change management.
Cognitive skills to demonstrate a mastery of theoretical knowledge on renewable energy resources and technologies.
Cognitive skills to demonstrate a mastery of technically advanced areas of energy efficiency, particularly those relating to buildings and industrial processes.
Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate analyse and synthesise data collected from renewable energy resource assessments, select appropriate renewable energy technologies and to use industry standard software to design renewable energy systems.
Graduates of this Master's Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
To conduct a renewable energy project feasibility study, including resource assessment, for a company.
To conduct a techno-economic appraisal of various renewable energy technologies for a company and design and cost the optimal renewable energy system.
To manage a renewable energy project using their knowledge and skills in both the technical, economic and policy areas of energy.
To subject new energy efficiency products in the market place to a rigorous technical analysis to ascertain their feasibility and make informed decisions as energy managers.
To assess the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings, including undertaking an energy rating of the building using accredited rating tools.
To plan and execute a substantial research project on innovation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change management.
Employment Prospects Graduates can expect to gain employment in power generation companies, renewable energy manufacturing and installation companies, international aid organisations, government departments, energy efficiency, carbon accounting and environmental consultancies, university and private industry research organisations and local government.
Professional Recognition Students who complete the unit PEN590 Energy Systems as part of this course are eligible for provisional accreditation by the Clean Energy Council for design of stand-alone photovoltaic systems.
Main research areas Renewable energy in developing countries, energy storage, solar cells, wind turbines, biomass, energy policy and economics, sustainable transport, micro-grids, remote area power supply systems, energy efficiency, climate change response.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

This structure shows the case where the first year is the Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies. Students may also choose the Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment as their first year of the Masters. For further information on the structure of the Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment, please refer to the Handbook entry for that course.

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

PEN592 Energy in Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

PEN593 Energy Economics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN594 Energy Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN590 Energy Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN591 Energy Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

PEN598 Carbon Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

PEN587 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

PEN620 Case Studies of Renewable Energy Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN624 Renewable Energy Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, Y-internal, Y-external

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

Select from the following:

Renewable Energy Systems

PEN622 Renewable Energy Resources - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN621 Renewable Energy Devices - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN623 Renewable Energy Systems Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Energy Efficiency

PEN625 Energy Efficiency, System Analysis and Auditing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

PEN626 Industrial and Commercial Energy Efficiency Technologies - 3 points
Not available this year

PEN670 Energy Efficient Buildings - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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