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Sustainable Energy Development (PEN628)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This core unit for students in the Research stream of the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, focuses on sustainability issues associated with planning, designing, constructing and operating renewable energy projects in the context of large-scale grid connected systems as well as smaller projects suited to rural and remote areas in developed and developing countries. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, using the Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme framework, will be used to plan, monitor and evaluate a renewable energy project.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Identify and assess the various technologies that have the potential to provide a sustainable energy supply for developed and developing countries.
2. Assess the sustainability performance of energy resources and technologies.
3. Assess options considering the conflicting outcomes arising from the need for increased energy use and the global and local context considering environmental, economic and social impacts.
4. Plan, develop and evaluate the kept elements that affect the successful implementation of sustainable development including needs assessment, technology transfer, financing, planning and gender issues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Block teaching: Lecture/Workshop: 4 x 6 hours - 1st non-teaching week Lecture/Workshop: 2 x 6 hours - 2nd non-teaching week Seminar: 2 x 4 hours - last non-teaching week and exam weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences A technology application- centred learning approach is adopted in this unit. This is achieved through structured and self-paced learning modules. A series of lectures aims to provide an awareness of the different approaches and methodologies currently or potentially used for renewable energy technology dissemination in remote rural areas of developing countries. Learning occurs through interactive workshops during in-class contact, supported independent research activity and through assignment feedback. Online discussion forums enable interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator throughout the semester. Assessment is restricted to two individual essays and a group report and presentation. All the assessment must be completed sequentially as each one builds on the outputs of the previous assessment. This unit has its own LMS website with a comprehensive array of student resources, some of which are added progressively. .
Assessment Online Forum Discussion Summary - 5%
Materiality Assessment - 10%
Project and Sustainability Management Plan - 15%
Sustainability Assessment Report - 30%
Presentation - 25%
Quiz - 15%
Prerequisites Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies, Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment OR completion of 24 points in the Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.
Notes On completion, the capstone experience offers students the opportunity to complete the Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) examination and become accredited.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Tania Urmee
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1316
e: T.Urmee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003E - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Tania Urmee
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1316
e: T.Urmee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003E - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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