Energy for Sustainable Development

Subject ENEN90027 (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 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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

200 hours





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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 provides understanding of the principles of development and sustainability in the context of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Social, environmental and financial implications of technologies to de-carbonise emissions and technologies that can offer a future non-carbon energy supply are discussed.

This subject uses project based learning where students work in teams to investigate the appropriateness of a selected energy source or a selected technology for a particular country, region or a location. Students learn to apply the principles of sustainability and development.

Knowledge gained in this subject will allow graduates to practice in the area of energy policy and planning. The subject complements other subjects offered in the energy theme of the Department such as Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency Technology and Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering.


  • Introduction: What does 'sustainable' mean? What is development? A model for sustainable development
  • Consumption (needs versus wants), Global perspectives (inequality and resource distribution)
  • Role of energy in development
  • Requirements for an sustainable energy supply
  • Carbon versus non-carbon energy supply - overview (resources, usage)
  • Problems with past patterns of energy use
  • Energy efficiency (potential and limits)
  • Energy Policy
  • Transport futures and peak oil (resources)
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Nuclear fission and fusion
  • Renewable energy technologies - large and small
  • Discussion Forum: Reality of Sustainability.
Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Critique energy systems and sources for their sustainability
  2. Describe the various technologies that have the potential to provide a sustainable energy supply system
  3. Analyse the conflicting outcomes arising from the need for increased energy use in most developing countries and the global and local needs for sustainability and minimal environmental impact
  4. Describe and analyse the factors which lead to making an informed choice between energy resources and technologies.

  • One 3-hour written examination at end of semester. Associated with Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 3 and 4 (50%)
  • One 2000 word (per student) group report, due at the end of semester, requiring approximately 60 hours of work per student. Assesses ILO 1, 2, 3 and 4 (35%)
  • One intermediate report (1000 word per student), during the semester at a time to be advised, requires approximately 25 hours of work per student. Assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 4 (15%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students successfully completing this subject should develop the following general skills:

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.


The subject is based on presentations by three lecturers who are experts in the field. In addition each student prepares and presents a research report on an energy and sustainable development topic related to a chosen country, part of a country or a city of their interest.


Reference book:
• Diesendorf, M (2007) Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy, University of New South Wales Press
• Journal of Energy and Development
• Energy Policy
• Journal of Sustainable Development


Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA)

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

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