Renewable Energy

Subject SCIE90014 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Study Period Commencement:
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Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Roger Dargaville


Subject Overview:

Technical details of a broad range of renewable energy technologies will be described, including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, wave, tidal, hydro, geothermal, biomass and biofuels. Integration of the generating technologies with storage and ability to meet demand will also be covered.


Upon completion of the subject the student will be able to -

  • Accurately describe the technical details of a broad variety of renewable energy technologies
  • Discuss the relative merits of the different technologies in terms of cost, variability and technical constraints

Assessment: Write-ups of practical assignments (6 over the semester at 500 words each) (50%) and a 2 hour end of semester exam (50%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to communicate effectively on the technical topics to both a technically trained audience and to the general public
  • Understanding of the broad implications of technological change in the 21st century
Related Course(s): Master of Energy Systems

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