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Energy Policy (PEN591)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description The unit seeks to provide an understanding of the public policy processes and institutions that give rise to the shape, direction, and outcomes in the energy sector. The sources of energy policy objectives are explored, along with the range of policy instruments available to achieve them. Political and economic drivers of policy formation are explored in the areas of fossil fuel policy, nuclear energy, the global environment, renewable energy, energy sustainability, and above all climate change.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
ULO1. Demonstrably identify the objectives of energy policy such as economic efficiency, energy conservation, avoiding environmental degradation, economic development, sustainability, government revenue, urban transport, urban settlement, and the development of new energy technologies.
ULO2. Demonstrably identify, describe and critically assess contemporary energy policy issues.
ULO3. Demonstrably recognise and critically analyse the roles of energy policy institutions.
ULO4. Describe how energy policy is made and changed.
ULO5. Read and critically analyse energy policy documents.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/seminar/workshop/tutorial: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is self-directed reading of literature provided via LMS in combination with the information presented in timetabled lectures and tutorial class discussion. Lectures are recorded as video and audio screen capture. Students should spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussions: 1 x 1 hour per week for 11 weeks.
Assessment This unit will be assessed by online discussion on current news (5%), essay-format critical analysis of energy policy concepts (25%); a choice between either a research project report analysing a contemporary issue of energy policy implementation, or two shorter energy policy 'issue briefs', as might be prepared for government (35%); and a final essay-format examination (35%).
Feedback on assessment components is provided by the unit coordinator and teaching assistants, both written and during class discussion. Additional feedback is provided to students via email and on LMS by the unit coordinator.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an honours or graduate-level course. Recommended: PEC592/PEN592 Energy in Society and PEC593/PEN593 Energy Economics.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC591 Energy Policy or OEENV591 Energy Policy may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: PEC591
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradCertEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies (GradDipEnCbSt)
Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment (GradDipEnEnv)
Master of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (MRenSusEn)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
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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