Energy Efficiency Technology

Subject ENEN90011 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours, comprising of two hours of lectures and one hour set task and discussion per week.
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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:


Assoc Prof Lu Aye


Associate Professor Lu Aye

Subject Overview:


This subject explores the scope and methods for improving energy efficiency across a range of sectors. Improving energy efficiency is one of the key responses to increasingly scarce natural resources and problems caused by pollutants arising from energy production and use. A range of energy supply and usage scenarios will be considered including transport, manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors. Collection of information by auditing and then using this information for planning, demand management and impact assessment will be investigated.

Knowledge gained in this subject will allow graduates to practice in the area of energy efficiency. This subject draws on students’ fundamental understanding of engineering efficiency, as well as their ability to use mathematics and statistics to analyse data to inform innovative solutions. The subject complements other subjects offered in the energy theme of the Department such as Energy for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering.


Areas of study include: potential for improvements in energy efficiency in petrol and diesel vehicles; energy efficiency technologies for the manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors; demand side management; integrated resource planning; energy auditing; and economic and environmental impacts.

These are applied to the following thematic areas;

  • Introduction: fundamentals, supply, distribution and utilisation of energy, Indices, indicators and measurements
  • Transport sector
  • Residential sector
  • Commercial sector (office & retail)
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Energy policy and planning
  • Energy audits
  • Life cycle energy analysis
  • Advanced energy systems
  • Developing countries & remote areas
Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Identify the basic issues in energy efficient technologies and their implementation
  2. Discuss the current possibilities for improving the ratio of energy used per unit of output in the main sectors of society, i.e. transportation, manufacturing, commercial, domestic, and energy supply industries
  3. Analyse the social, economic and environmental implications for the adaption of these technologies.

  • One 3-hour written examination, end of semester (50%). Associated with Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2 and 3.
  • One group report, 2000 words per student, due at the end of semester, requiring approximately 60 hours of work per student (35%). Assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.
  • One 1000 word per student group report, due mid semester, requiring approximately 25 hours of work per student (15%). Assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.


The subject is based on presentations by experienced industry professionals who present case studies in their area of expertise. In addition each student prepares and presents a group research paper on a topic of their interest selected from an extensive list.


• Energy conversion and management
• Energy, The International Journal
• Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews


Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA)
Guests from industry present case studies.

Related Course(s): Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
Climate Change
Climate Change
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Studies
Energy Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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