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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)
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Manickam Minakshi Sundaram | Email: minakshi@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2017

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)
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 and development, climate change adaptation and resilience, 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 (including energy efficiency) or in 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. The most common of these is the high school Physics prerequisite for units such as Energy in Society, Energy Management and Energy System Some students may therefore need to complete additional prerequisite units.

English competence.
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 Students will be able to:
1. Describe recent developments in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency, demonstrating proficiency in consideration of technical, economic and policy factors.
2. Explain criteria for sustainable energy development in both developed and developing countries.
3. Apply principles of sustainability planning, management and leadership to scenarios and problems in renewable and sustainable energy.
4. Identify and rank potential climate change impacts and risks and develop and implement mitigation or adaptation plans utilising a variety of sustainability assessment tools and techniques.
5. Design energy and carbon management plans for commercial and industrial buildings utilising industry standards and rating tools.
6. Produce techno-economic appraisals of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
7. Interpret data collected from renewable energy resource assessments to select appropriate renewable energy technologies for a site
8. Design renewable energy systems utilising industry standards and industry standard software
9. Plan and execute a substantial research project applying research principles and methods in renewable and sustainable 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 Accreditation 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, small wind power systems and micro hydro power 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

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

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

PEN591 Energy Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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

PEN593 Energy Economics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

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

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

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

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 6 or 12 credit points

PEN628 Sustainable Energy Development - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

OR

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

Specified Electives - 12 or 18 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

ENG225 Circuits and Systems I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PEN502 Climate Change Impact Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

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

ENV556 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

PEN503 Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

ENV617 Sustainability Assessment - 3 points
Not available this year

PEN637 Applied Solar Photovoltaics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN639 Wind Energy and Hydroelectricity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV680 Climate Change Adaptation: Ecosystems and Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PEN634 Solar Thermal and Biomass Energy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

MBS684 Managing Strategic Risk and Projects - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

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