- Class Number 7936
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Paul Burke
- AsPr Paul Burke
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
The course examines the role of energy in the economy, economic methods of assessing and modelling energy, the economics of various sources of energy, electricity markets, and other key topics in energy economics. Fossil fuels, renewable, and nuclear energy sources will each be studied, as will energy efficiency, security, and sustainability. The course will examine key challenges and opportunities in the energy sector in Australia and overseas.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of energy markets and the role of energy in the economy.
- Identify and apply a knowledge of methods to assess alternative energy projects, technologies, and policies.
- Examine the economics of energy production and consumption.
- Evaluate and communicate research in energy economics.
The course will closely build off the research of the Course Convener and colleagues within the discipline of energy economics. The presentation and essay components provide a research focus to the assessment structure.
Examination Material or equipment
Non-programmable calculators are permitted.
Zweifel, P, Praktiknjo, A & Erdmann, G 2017, Energy Economics: Theory and Applications, Springer.
See also the reading list on Wattle.
Schwarz, PM 2018, Energy Economics, 1st edn, Routledge.
Suggested readings for each topics will be provided on Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class and to individual students
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to energy economics||Reading list available on Wattle|
|2||Energy and economic growth||Reading list available on Wattle|
|3||Energy evaluation and modelling||Reading list available on Wattle|
|4||Energy efficiency||Reading list available on Wattle|
|5||Oil||Reading list available on Wattle|
|6||Coal and natural gas||Reading list available on Wattle|
|7||Renewables and nuclear power||Reading list available on Wattle|
|8||Electricity markets||Reading list available on Wattle|
|9||Energy security and sustainability||Reading list available on Wattle|
|10||Collecting and managing revenues from the energy sector||Reading list available on Wattle|
|11||Challenges and opportunities in developing countries||Reading list available on Wattle|
|12||Challenges and opportunities in Australia||Reading list available on Wattle. Essay due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Presentation||8 %||25/10/2019||25/10/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Audience participation during presentations||2 %||25/10/2019||25/10/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Mid-semester exam||25 %||20/09/2019||30/09/2019||1, 2, 3|
|Essay||25 %||21/10/2019||31/10/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Final exam||40 %||16/11/2019||28/11/2019||1, 2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Audience participation during presentations = 2% of overall assessment. Participation will be judged based on attendance and the asking of thoughtful questions during the presentation slots.
The course includes a mid-semester exam and a final exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
10-minute presentation on a journal article in energy economics, plus up to 5 minutes of questions and answers from the audience. A list of journal articles will be provided. Presentations should communicate the key points of the paper and make productive extension comments (examples: critique; suggestion for future use of the ideas; new research directions springing out of the article).
The presentations will be scheduled during semester.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Audience participation during presentations
Students are expected to attend their classmates' presentations and make productive contributions during the question and answer time.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Will involve problem solving and written-form answers, covering concepts and material from lectures and tutorials. To be scheduled during the ANU mid-semester exam period.
Writing time = 90 minutes.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
A list of essay topics will be distributed during Week 1. The topics will invite students to apply economic techniques and/or principles to analyse an energy issue or policy. Please choose one topic and write a 2,500-word essay on it. Your essay should have a title and an abstract of a maximum of 100 words.
Your essay should not exceed the word limit. Penalties will be applied if you do. The limit applies to the main text, excluding the abstract, references, graphs, and data tables. Concise writing is an important, and rewarded, skill.
Plagiarism will be treated extremely seriously, in keeping with ANU policies. Note that your essay should not be similar to any essay you write for any other course.
The essay should follow the Crawford School Style Guide. Students are encouraged to consult Crawford Academic Skills.
The following criteria will be used to assess the essays:
1) Relevance to the topic.
2) Soundness and clarity of argument and economic thinking.
3) Clarity of structure.
4) Familiarity with relevant literature.
6) Originality and independence of thought.
7) Clarity of communication (requires good spelling, grammar, punctuation).
8) Appropriate references, in accordance with the Crawford School Style Guide.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Will involve problem solving and written-form answers, covering concepts and material from lectures and tutorials. To be scheduled during the ANU final exam period.
Writing time = 120 minutes.
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Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension is penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission is not accepted after 10 working days from the due date.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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energy economics, environmental economics, transport economics, development economics, Asia-Pacific economies
AsPr Paul Burke