• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Engineering, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Change
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kean Fong
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Urban energy and energy efficiency will be placed in context in respect of demographic and social trends in Australia and worldwide, energy delivery economics, greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage, transport systems and the rapidly increasing use of renewable energy and electrical energy storage. The course is aimed at preparing students for policy, managerial or technical jobs in the fast changing area of urban energy systems.

Rapid changes are occurring in urban energy systems, driven by falling prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems and storage, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions. Roof-mounted PV systems are strongly competing with electricity from the grid and with gas for provision of water heating, space heating & cooling, and electrical services. Heat pumps, thermal storage, battery storage, smart electrical energy controllers, energy-efficient appliances and solar-efficient buildings are facilitating a rapid change in energy use patterns in buildings and factories. Electric cars and public transport have the potential rapidly to change urban transport systems and transport energy use patterns.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the current status and development trends in urban energy delivery and energy efficiency in Australia and internationally.
  2. Explain and evaluate the importance of urban energy and energy efficiency in the context of climate change mitigation.
  3. Estimate the energy and power requirements for space heating and cooling, water heating, lighting and appliances in domestic and commercial situations.
  4. Evaluate and compare the embodied energy of different building types, construction methods and materials.
  5. Assess the energy, environmental and financial implications of urban energy generation including roof-mounted photovoltaic systems and heat pumps, and compare to conventional gas and electricity distribution systems.
  6. Compare and evaluate energy storage including thermal, battery and remote systems, and understand how tariffs and controllers can modify power demand.
  7. Discuss changes in urban transport systems, particularly the electrification of land transport, and assess the potential impact of these changes on urban energy systems.
  8. Contribute effectively and pro-actively as a leader or member of a group to achieve high quality engineering outcomes.
  9. Engage in independent research and investigation to solve complex or unfamiliar problems.

Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will consist of a combination of written assignments, research/case study reports, laboratory/tutorial exercises and a final exam.  Details and weightings of each task will be provided in the full course outline.

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The typical workload for a 6 unit course is approximately 10hr/week throughout semester. This includes lecture and workshop/tutorial attendance, assessment preparation and individual study time.

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this course should have taken at least one undergraduate course in thermodynamics, equivalent to ENGN2222 Engineering Thermodynamics. Students who have not taken such a course are advised to complete ENGN2222 as an elective prior to taking ENGN8832.


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

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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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
9518 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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