Environmental Concepts: Energy
|Course code ENVS2001||Units 10||Level 2000||Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences|
This course considers major environmental issues and focuses on the search for sustainable solutions with respect to energy in the environment. It complements ENVS1001 Environmental Concepts and Methods and also addresses the non-living component of environmental concepts. The course investigates the scientific principles relevant to energy and energy resources, including aspects such as thermal, nuclear, solar, wind and hydroelectric power generation, atmospheric pollution, coal mining, and waste disposal associated with the various energy sources.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.
Not available in 2015
|Previously offered in 2014|
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: |
1. Describe the different energy sources and discuss the costs and benefits of each in an environmental and societal context;
2. Quantitatively analyse and compare the different energy sources;
3. Communicate scientific principles by reasoned argument;
4. Search for, comprehend and report on scientific findings relating to energy production, usage and environmental consequences;
5. Demonstrate competency in laboratory techniques, data recording and analysis;
6. Critically assess the reporting of energy issues in the media.
|Content||- Thermodynamics: thermal energy, heat transfer and efficiency in the generation of electricity;|
- Current and best practice in non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear energy, management of relevant waste streams and environmental impacts;
- Current developments in renewable energy sources (geothermal, wind, solar, hydroelectricity) in the Australian environment and worldwide, and the political and technological factors influencing development or deployment;
- Renewable energy in practice and comparison of the capacity of these modes to produce baseload electricity;
- Combustible fuels and transport;
- Emerging technologies in energy generation and use.
|Replacing Course(s)||ENVS2040 Energy & the Environment|
|Transition||Not to count for credit with ENVS2040.|
|Assumed Knowledge||ENVS1001 Environmental Concepts and Methods|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks