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Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)
Course Code G1079
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Academic Contacts http://www.murdoch.edu.au/contacts/academic/school/School_of_Engineering_and_Information_Technology
Qualification Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)
Duration 1 year 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 The Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies is intended to provide graduates of any discipline with a one-year course of study that covers the core areas of renewable and sustainable energy, as well as energy and carbon management.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, in a related area. Students with alternative, satisfactory preparation may also be admitted. Some of the units taken assume some prior knowledge, details of which are given in the description of each unit in the Handbook. The most common of these is the Physics prerequisite for units such as Energy in Society, Energy Management, Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Buildings. 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 Using on-line facilities, students may complete this degree without needing to attend campus. Assistance is provided by tutors who correspond with students by telephone, email or the Internet.
Course Learning Outcomes Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will have:
Advanced knowledge concerning the role of energy in society, the operation of various renewable energy technologies and the criteria for sustainable energy development, in both developed and developing countries.
Technical skills to undertake energy audits and carbon accounting and to analyse, consolidate and synthesise data, and devise energy and carbon management strategies.
Cognitive skills to think critically and creatively in order to design renewable energy systems and carry out techno-economic analysis of energy systems.
Communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of energy and carbon economics and policy to a variety of audiences
Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
To report on the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a company in compliance with Federal legislation.
To initiate, plan, implement and evaluate an energy and carbon management program for a company.
To conduct a feasibility study for a company concerning the incorporation of renewable energy technologies and in particular design a hybrid solar photovoltaic and battery system in accordance with industry accredited practice.
To make high level, independent judgements in developing energy and carbon policy and planning for corporate or government entities.
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.
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may apply for direct admission to the second year of the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.
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 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

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

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

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