Environmental Concepts: Energy

Course code ENVS2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty 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
ObjectivesOn 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
TransitionNot to count for credit with ENVS2040.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeENVS1001 Environmental Concepts and Methods
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursLecture: 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
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.