Energy and the Environment

Abdulaziz · July 14, 2020


Energy resources, chain, and energy conversion processes; non-renewable (fossil, nuclear) and renewable (photovoltaic, wind, hydro-, biomass) sources of energy; environmental impact of electricity generation; energy storage technologies; direct and indirect energy conversion; overview of the world and Australian energy production and consumption; the future energy scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the energy forms desired by a modern economy
  2. Appraise characteristics of different types of primary energy, describe how primary energy is converted to secondary forms, describe the relationship between energy and power
  3. Describe benefits and impacts of utilising different energy sources from an environmental, social and monetary vantage
  4. Describe energy markets and how electricity distribution networks function
  5. Describe the energy requirements of buildings and relate these to: human thermal comfort and the mechanisms for heat transfer through building materials and from surfaces\
  6. Describe transport energy (supply, use, losses, efficiency opportunities)
  7. Propose designs or retrofit options for a building to achieve net positive energy use
  8. Apply the key elements of an energy audit and formulate (high level)
    recommendations for improving energy efficiency
  9. Appraise Energy Policy options for sustainable energy supply


  • Continuous assessment: 60%
  • Examination (2 hours): 40%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours virtual lectures and 3 hours virtual laboratory and practice classes, and 6 hours of private study per week

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  • 9 Lessons
  • 62 Topics
  • 1 Quiz