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Renewable Energy Engineering


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Title Renewable Energy Engineering
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Renewable Energy Engineering focuses on the use of sources of energy which do not result in long term reduction, or loss, of our earth's resources. It is concerned with developing efficient means of tapping these energy sources and transforming the energy into useful forms that can be easily used for the full range of domestic and industrial applications. Graduates will be expected to design, commission and test a wide range of renewable energy systems, including solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind based and biomass systems.
The course requires an in-depth study of a range of mathematics, computing and engineering fundamentals, combined with a full range of studies in the necessary specialist subject areas. This is complemented by studies in management, accounting, economics and law.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements. It is recommended that
students have completed the equivalent of Mathematics 3C/3D, Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, Physics 3A/3B and Chemistry 3A/3B. Students who do not have the necessary Mathematical and Physics prerequisite knowledge may take an extra
semester to complete their studies.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements All Engineering students will undertake at least 450 hours of approved work experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and must be approved by the Engineering Academic Chair. This professional practicum as well as support materials and guidance is provided in the 0 credit point unit ENG100 Engineering Professional Practice. This unit should be enrolled in each year. Please note this unit runs in a YU5 study period.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
The aim of the Renewable Energy Engineering degree is to educate engineers who:
have a good appreciation of energy generation and conversion techniques,
are able to design and specify a range of renewable energy systems,
are able to solve technical problems associated with renewable energy utilisation,
are able to integrate renewable energy technologies into fully operational systems of all scales, domestic, industrial and district/urban, and
are able to assess and manage the operational characteristics of these systems to ensure best possible levels of energy utilisation and economic performance.
The knowledge that will enable a student to understand advanced concepts in Renewable Energy Engineering include the following material from mathematics, science and engineering:
Mathematics - complex numbers and algebra; calculus and Laplace transforms for system dynamics; Fourier analysis for power quality; matrix methods for linear
networks; mathematical modeling, statistics for renewable energy resource assessment and data analysis,
Physics - concepts of charge, current, potential difference, voltage, energy, power; electric and magnetic fields; force and torque; power and energy balance, thermodynamics, semiconductor materials and properties, the photovoltaic effect, aerodynamic principles;
Circuits - circuit laws (KVL and KCL); superposition; equivalent circuits, including Thevenin and Norton equivalents; impedance; phasor analysis; transfer function; filters, principles of electronic instrumentation;
Computer programming/computer simulation - writing programs within a high level applications package, such as MATLAB or EXCEL, using a wide range of commercial simulation packages (HOMER, WASP, WINDFARM), appropriate data entry, understanding methods of operation, evaluation of simulation results as well as analysis of strengths and weaknesses of simulation tools.
The skills that will prepare a student to handle advanced problems in Renewable Energy Engineering include:
applying knowledge of science, mathematics and engineering principles
problem identification, formulation and solution
design, including design for sustainability and taking a systems approach to design

Employment Prospects An extremely wide range of opportunities are available in both the commercial and industrial sectors covering information technology, manufacturing, medical, mining, processing, energy supply, communications, electronics, computer systems and defence-related industries to name a few.
Professional Accreditation Graduates of accredited engineering courses are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full Chartered Professional Engineer status can then be achieved after a further three to five years of work experience in the engineering profession.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements Students must complete the 96 credit points from Engineering units, or otherwise approved by the academic chair, to satisfy Engineering Australia requirements.
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.

Major Structure - 27 credit points

Required Units - 27 credit points

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

ENG294 Discrete Time Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG207 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG297 Circuits and Systems II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG337 Applied Photovoltaics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG339 Wind and Hydro Power Systems - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ENG338 Energy Supply and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG442 Renewable Energy Systems Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ENG441 Solar Thermal and Biomass Engineering - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

Students must complete the 96 credit points from Engineering units, or otherwise approved by the academic chair, to satisfy Engineering Australia requirements.

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