Non-Renewable Energy

Subject ENGR90030 (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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Admission to a Masters level program and ENGR90029 Analysing Energy Systems or equivalent

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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:


Dr Mohsen Talei


Subject Overview:


This subject examines in detail the main forms of non-renewable energy and their uses, including -

  • The composition and origin of coal, oil, natural gas and uranium
  • The fundamentals of combustion and nuclear fission
  • The performance of coal, gas and nuclear power generation
  • The performance of refrigeration and heat pump systems
  • The performance of reciprocating engines.

Learning Outcomes:


  1. Explain what determines the performance of different energy technologies
  2. Explain why different non-renewable, primary energies have different economic, social and environmental costs and benefits
  3. Estimate the potential role of different non-renewable energies and energy technologies in a sustainable energy system.


• Two assignments (25% each) not exceeding 12 pages each, one due mid-semester and the other at the end of semester, each requiring approximately 30 - 35 hours of work.
• One written three-hour end-of-semester examination (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:

Having completed this unit the student should have -

• The ability to apply scientific fundamentals
• The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
• The ability to use a systems approach to analysis operational performance
• The ability to communicate effectively with the community at large
• An understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of a professional, and the need for sustainable development.

Related Course(s): Master of Energy Systems
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Energy Studies
Energy Studies

Download PDF version.