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Solar Thermal and Biomass Engineering (ENG441)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides students with fundamentals and technical information on both solar thermal and biomass engineering systems. The solar thermal part consists of 6 lectures, covering fundamentals, typical solar thermal applications and engineering design methods. The biomass engineering part consists of 6 lectures, covering fundamentals of biomass conversion technologies, environmental aspects of biofuel production, as well as techno-economic assessment and life-cycle analysis of biofuels. The lectures of the unit will be backed by laboratories and/or site visits.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Understand fundamentals of solar thermal and biomass engineering systems;
2. Understand typical applications of solar thermal, and biomass biochemical and thermochemical conversion technologies;
3. Apply the fundamental and technical knowledge acquired in this unit in designing and conducting relevant engineering projects on solar thermal and biomass conversion;
4. Communicate your ideas and proposals related to solar thermal and biomass conversion at an engineering level;
5. Discuss environmental sustainability and techno-economic performance of relevant projects on solar thermal and biomass engineering; and
6. Accumulate essential knowledge in conducting research studies on solar thermal and biomass conversion.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/workshop: 1 x 3 hours per week (notionally 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial or workshop) for the 12 teaching weeks.
Laboratory sessions: 1 x 3 hours per week for all teaching weeks apart from Week 1.
Unit Learning Experiences Each week, a lecture introduces theoretical aspects that are then applied and investigated further in learning activities consisting of quizzes, laboratories, tutorials, a group project and a group presentation. Pre-reading and preparation are critical for effective participation in tutorials, laboratory sessions and group activities. Students should spend at least 4 hours outside the formal class times per week performing the required reading, preparing and revisiting tutorial problems and laboratory exercises, and performing group work.
An LMS site will be used to provide details of the activities and also to allow discussion of issues that arise during the unit via Forums on this LMS site.
Other Learning Experiences Site visit may be involved regarding to microalgal biofuel production and other aspects on solar thermal and biomass conversion.
Assessment The assessment for this unit comprises of the following elements:
* Major Project (20%)
* Laboratories (20%)
* Site Visit Report (10%)
* Examination (50%) This open book exam, tests the understanding, knowledge and analytical skills developed in the unit.
Prerequisites PEN120 General Physics (or PEN152 Principles of Physics); BEN100 Transitioning into Engineering; ENG298 Principles of Process Engineering; ENG337 Applied Photovoltaics; ENG338 Energy Supply and Management; and ENG339 Wind and Hydro Power Systems.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Renewable Energy Engineering
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
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.


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Dr David Parlevliet
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2157
e: D.Parlevliet@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.008I - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr David Parlevliet
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2157
e: D.Parlevliet@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.008I - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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