- Class Number 5354
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Daniel MacDonald
- Dr Anyao Liu
- Dr Lachlan Black
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
- Anna Cain
- David Silalahi
- Gabriel Bartholazzi Lugao De Carvalho
Providing energy for the entire planet without causing catastrophic climate change requires profound Energy Change. Major developments are occurring in the energy sector, both with energy technologies and the economic, social and policy measures that accompany them. This course focuses on renewable energy resources – the technologies that will comprise a large part of global Energy Change. It aims to help students identify the major ‘big picture’ questions in the area of energy resources and develop technically sound ways of quantitatively answering them.
The course commences with an overview of world energy resources, the scientific evidence for climate change, and an introduction to asking good questions - with a focus on ball-park analysis and appropriate physical units.
We next look at individual energy resources in detail (solar PV, nuclear, wind, solar thermal, hydro, bio, geothermal and tidal). We examine their scientific and technical foundations, available resources, integration with the grid, and broader economic and social issues to assess their ultimate potential as well as their practical limitations. Alongside the technical assessment of energy resources, we dedicated individual lectures to calculating the levelized cost of electricity, understanding the current and future electrical grid, and examining broader social and political issues concerned with energy use. 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Develop using systematic engineering methods sustainable solutions to problems related to the utilization of renewable energy.
- Engage in independent research and investigation in problems related to the utilization of renewable energy.
- Identify and critically evaluate current developments and emerging trends within the field of renewable energy technologies.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of levelised cost of electricity, the performance of renewable energy technologies and storage and the use of appropriate measurement units.
- Interpret and communicate project outcomes effectively to non-technical audience in oral and written form
- Develop a personal, quantified, well-argued view of possible energy futures.
- Work effectively and proactively, within teams, demonstrating autonomy, ethical conduct, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard, and reflect on the processes they undertook to achieve this outcome.
Examination Material or equipment
1 A4 page of notes - handwritten or printed.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written feedback via the course WATTLE site and by email
- Verbal feedback during lectures and tutorials/workshops
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Note: Exact lecture order is subject to change L1 - Introduction to the course L2 - Energy case studies|
|2||L3 - Climate change science L4 - World energy use Tutorial - Group project workshop 1|
|3||L5 - Energy economics L6 - Fossil Fuels|
|4||L7 - Wind energy L8 - Photovoltaics Tutorial – Global calculator assignment||Group project proposal due|
|5||L9 - Hydro power L10 - Nuclear Energy|
|6||L11 - Bio energy L12 - Geothermal/ocean energy Tutorial - Group project workshop 2||Global calculator assignment due|
|7||L13 - Solar thermal energy L14 - Energy storage|
|8||L15 - Energy efficiency L16 - Electricity grids Tutorial - Problem based|
|9||L17 - Hydrogen||Final group project report due|
|10||L18 - Course summary Tutorial - Problem based||Project Reflection due|
|12||Project presentations Tutorial - Exam practice||Opinion Piece due|
Tutorial registration will be via the course WATTLE site
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Global Calculator Assignment||15 %||1,3,6|
|Group Project||40 %||1,2,3,4,5,7|
|Opinion piece||15 %||5,6|
|Final Exam||30 %||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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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.
2 hour end of semester examination
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,6
Global Calculator Assignment
Use the Global Calculator Tool to explore future carbon emission pathways at a global level.
Details on Wattle
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,7
Group project with in-depth analysis of an energy related problem.
Details on Wattle including project registration.
Comprises project proposal (5%), project report (20%), reflection piece (5%) and project presentation (10%).
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 5,6
Provide a well researched and analysed pathway for a company or government to reduce their future carbon emissions. Details in Wattle.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
2 hour exam during end of semester exam period.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
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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.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Assignments will be returned electronically on Wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
Resubmission of Assignments
Assignments cannot be resubmitted.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Photovoltaics, solar energy
Renewable energy policy
Pumped Hydro Energy Storage
High efficiency silicon devices, including IBC and SLIVER solar cells
Tandem solar cell energy yields
GaAs cells for concentrators and tandem devices
Dr Daniel MacDonald
Dr Anyao Liu
Dr Lachlan Black