• Class Number 2948
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Igor Skryabin
    • Dr Igor Skryabin
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

In a world with ever increasing energy demands and the limitations now being felt through society due to our dependence on a limited range of energy sources, the necessity for a greater diversity of energy sources is mounting. The aim of this course is to provide the students with a strong understanding of the underlying science behind the generation, transformation and utilisation of energy resources. It will start with topics at a very basic, yet fundamental, level and build upon this knowledge base in an attempt to reinforce basic concepts that are often misunderstood within the wider community. Topics to be covered include: elementary scientific mathematics, the concept of energy, conservation rules, basic thermodynamics and the various forms of energy (Chemical, Heat etc) and their transformation into more usable forms such as electricity.

Experts from within the CPMS/CECS/CMBE will teach the course. After completion of this course students will have sufficient fundamental knowledge of the basic underlying science behind energy systems to make assessments of differing energy options and therefore have an intuitive feel for the accuracy of the scientific details.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Understand and be able to apply the basic concepts of: large numbers, logarithms and exponents, scientific graphs and energy units and their conversion in calculations and estimations.
  2. explain and undertake simple calculations of the basic concepts behind energy, work, power, force, conservation of energy and heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) and storage.
  3. Understand the concept of the Carnot cycle and efficiency and be able to use this concept in calculations and apply it to a given energy system.
  4. Describe and explain the differences between the various types of energy (i.e. Chemical, Heat, Gravitational, Electrical, Electromagnetism, Nuclear etc) and through the use of simple calculations understand the uses of these types of energy, their generation and transformation.
  5. Critically analyse a description of an energy related system or proposal, a particular example being the energy usage and loss mechanisms of residential housing.

1. Sustainable Energy - without the hot air, David JC Mackay, UIT Cambridge Ltd. (PO Box 145 Cambridge CB4 1GQ England), Web: www.uit.co.uk, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9544529-3-3 (paperback). Free HTML and PDF version: http://www.withouthotair.com/  

2. Energy: Its Use and the Environment, 4th Edition, Roger A. Hinrichs and Merlin Kleinbach, Brooks Cole, September 30 2005, ISBN 978-0495010852

3. Energy Systems and Sustainability: power for a sustainable future, Godfrey Boyle, Bob Everett and Janet Ramage, Oxford Uni Press, 2003, ISBN 0-19-926179-2

4. Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options, Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M Drake, Michael J. Driscoll, Michael W. Golay and William A. Peters, The MIT press, 2005, ISBN 0-262-20153-4

Staff Feedback

Individual feedback provided by lecturer in the class following the submission of assignments.

General feedback will be discussed in the following class after submission

Student Feedback

ANU 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.

Other Information

Please note: The dates in the assessment summary reflect the start and end dates of Semester 1. Assessment tasks will be given specific issue and return dates and will be advised to students at the commencement of the course or via Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weeks 1-12 Outline 1: •Assessment and development of technology proposals – in business •Assessment and development of government policies – in democracy •Purchasing decisions – for consumers •Understanding Factual and Ethical assertions •Ethical: Polluting should not be free •Factual: the complete melting of the Greenland ice cap would cause a 7-metre sea-level rise •This course is intended to be about fact •Participation in a discussion board – 10% –At least 2 questions and 3 answers. •Tutorials: 10% •Assignment: Energy Generation/Transformation Example, 1 page + 10 mins presentation: 10% •Assignment: a briefing paper 40% –(7-10 pages essay, technical proposal, presentation) •Exam :30% Ethical arguments will not be assessed
2 Outline 2: Fossil Nuclear Other Solar
3 Outline 3: Fundamentals: Forms of Energy •Mechanical: •Heat •Electromagnetic •Chemical •Radiation •Nuclear
4 Outline 4: •Technology Bias? •Physics cannot be technologically biased •Policy Bias? •Policy considerations are outside this course syllabus
5 Outline 5: Energy Generation and Use •Power generators: hydro/coal/wind/solar/tidal.../nuclear •Energy Transportation: grid/chemical/ electrical/hydro storage •Uses: housing, transport, industry

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Examination 30 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Tutorials 10 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Participation in course's discussion board 10 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4
Minor assignment-An analysis of energy generation/transformation or of a form of energy 10 % 10/03/2019 12/03/2019 4
Major assignment 40 % 27/05/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU 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 Requirements

The 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks 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.


3 hours of lectures and tutorials per week


Please refer to the ANU examinations timetable for exam scheduling.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


An examination of 1.5 hours duration with a weighting of 30% will be held at the end of semester. The examination will cover all topics covered in the lectures and will be designed to test the students fundamental understanding of the lecture material. It will consist of a mixture of quantitative and qualitative questions. The quantitative questions will only require simple calculation (there will be no derivations of equations) from formulae that the students would have encountered in lectures and used in tutorials, while the qualitative questions will require a descriptive answer on how energy is generated, transformed and utilised within a given system.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Each tutorial will be assessed with the full total across all 12-15 tutorials providing a total course weighting of 10%. The rationale behind grading tutorials is to (a): provide an incentive for students to attend the tutorials and (b): by allocating a mark for just completing a few questions, regardless of how many questions asked and/or help needed, it will hopefully encourage interaction between the students their tutors. Grading will also provide a better determination of the students understanding of the subject matter throughout the semester and therefore allow for modification to the lecture material to assist in overcoming weaknesses in the class’s understanding.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation in course's discussion board

Students will discuss concepts and practical examples relating to the course.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 10/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4

Minor assignment-An analysis of energy generation/transformation or of a form of energy

The assignment will comprise an up to two pages summary presented to and discussed with the lecturer, followed by an up to 15 min class presentation.


A. Provide a concise two-page summary of a topic approved by your lecturer. Deadline : Sunday, 10/03, 17:00. Individual feedbacks  from the lecturer - by Tuesday, 12/03. General feedback - will be discussed during Tuesday 12/03 session.

B. Prepare an up to 15 min class presentation. Deadline for providing slides to the lecturer : Sunday, 17/03, 17:00. Individual feedbacks  from the lecturer - by Tuesday, 19/03. 

C. Deliver presentations: TBA. General feedback - after the presentations.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 27/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Major assignment

one assessment item (40%) to be written in the style of an official briefing paper, to either government and/or business, with a total length of more than 10 pages. It will assess the student’s total course knowledge through the use of a specific example that uses energy in some form. The student will have to describe the energy source, how this energy source is utilised and is transformed into a more usable form through to the inefficiencies and limitations within the given system. Such an example would be the generation of electricity to heat and cool residential housing.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted 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 Penalties

Extensions 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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Igor Skryabin

Research Interests

Physics , Industry (Technologies), Academia (PhD, tecn.), Academia (physics), Industry (solar technologies), MBA, Business (solar start-ups), Master of Industrial Property Law, Academia (solar research and Biz Dev)

Dr Igor Skryabin

Dr Igor Skryabin

Research Interests

Dr Igor Skryabin

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