• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kylie Catchpole
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. As a response to it, profound changes to the way energy is produced and utilised are rapidly taking place. Energy Change encompasses the development of new energy technologies together with economic, social and policy measures needed for their widespread deployment. This course focuses on renewable energies and energy efficiency. It aims to help students identify the major ‘big picture’ questions in the area of energy resources and energy technologies and then develop technically sound ways of answering them.

The course commences with a brief description of the scientific evidence for climate change, followed by an overview of the main source of carbon emissions, energy production. A look into the main indicators of energy supply and consumption in the world sets the scene for discussing different scenarios for an energy mix that could limit the predicted increase in the world’s average temperature. Such energy mix relies heavily on the deployment of renewable energy technologies: biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, tidal, wave and wind. The scientific and technical foundations of these technologies are examined in order to assess their ultimate potential as well as their practical limitations. Because of the rapid pace of change in this field the course focuses on developing students’ skills in framing questions and finding answers, as well as being able to critically evaluate those answers and support them with scientific evidence.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The course aims to equip students to:
  1. Understand world energy resources and trends, critically analyse available information and develop their own knowledge using recently published information.
  2. Describe and quantify for each available energy resource: the size of the technical resource, conversion efficiencies, physical dependence on external factors, present and future trends, integration with the grid, economic aspects and broader contextual issues.
  3. Calculate the levelized cost of electricity for any given resource using current discount rates, predict future costs using experience curves and identify the limitations of each method.
  4. Explain the potential interaction between different energy sources, the grid, energy efficiency and present/future demand patterns.
  5. Develop a personal well-argued and quantified view of possible energy futures.

Other Information

  • Lecturer: Dr Niraj Lal (niraj.lal@anu.edu.au)
  • Convenor: A/Prof Kylie Catchpole (kylie.catchpole@anu.edu.au)
  • Tutor: Ms Zeba Anjum (zeba.anjum@anu.edu.au)
  • Guest lecturers: A/Prof Janette Lindesay, Prof Aidan Byrne, Dr Mike Smith, A/Prof Wojciech Lipinski, Mr Arni McKinley

Indicative Assessment

  • Major project (40% total)
  • Questions Portfolio (20%)
  • Exam (20%)
  • Letter to Minister (10%)
  • Assignment (10%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2226.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7549 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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