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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module ENGI40915: Renewable Energy

Department: Engineering

ENGI40915: Renewable Energy

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2017/18 Module Cap
Tied to H1K009


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To discuss how energy policy relates to climate change issues
  • To introduce UK energy policy with regards to renewable energy.
  • To discuss energy resource issues and the impact of renewables.
  • To discuss global and UK energy use and its effect on the environment including climate change
  • To introduce renewable energy systems.
  • To develop students project management skills.
  • To give students an appreciation of the industrial aspects of new and renewable energy systems


  • Climate change issues
  • Energy Use, Conventional energy sources
  • Renewable Energy resources
  • UK and International energy policy including Climate Change
  • Basic Wind/PV/Biomass/Solar thermal/Wave/Tidal fundamentals
  • Industry lectures on key aspects of the renewable energy industry
  • Project management techniques

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understand and be able to explain UK energy policy.
  • Understand how energy policy is influenced by climate change issue.
  • Understand how the theories fit with current industrial practice.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to describe different renewable energy conversion systems.
  • Ability to calculate the power output from these sources.
  • Ability to make a critical appraisal of the different energy sources.
Key Skills:
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively via written presentations.
  • Capacity for self-learning and research skills developed.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures to cover fundamental theories, policy and project planning.
  • Industrial lectures to provide an insight to current industrial practice.
  • Examinations to assess knowledge, understanding and application.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 28 weekly 1 hour 28
Tutorials 19 1 hour 19
Preparation and Reading 103
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Dissertation Report 2,000 words 100%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination May/June 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Self-assessed problem sheets.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University