Environmental Concepts: Energy
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013
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 and wind 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.
On successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. An appreciation of the breadth and significance of energy-related problems and issues;
2. Developed a working knowledge of the discipline area;
3. Developed skills to support life-long learning;
4. Developed the ability to communicate scientific principles by reasoned argument;
5. The ability to comprehend and report scientific findings relating to energy production, usage and environmental impacts in both verbal and printed format;
6. An appreciation of the need and development of the ability to apply reasoning to solve complex problems;
7. An understanding of the nature of the discipline;
8. Developed an appreciation of the relationship between environmental science and societal expectations;
9. Developed the ability to transfer and apply concepts to new areas;
10. Developed the ability to access information, including using the Internet, to environment-related problems.
- 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 geothermal and solar energy generation in the Australian environment and worldwide, and the political and technological factors influencing development or deployment;
- Thermodynamics: thermal energy, heat transfer and efficiency in the generation of electricity;
- Other renewable energy alternatives, such as hydroelectricity and wind power, and their current development;
- Renewable energy in practice and comparison of the capacity of these modes of energy generation to produce baseload power;
- Role of the carbon cycle in the petrochemicals industry; and
- Atmospheric pollution and the role of chemistry in energy solutions such as the hydrogen economy.
ENVS2040 Energy & the Environment
Not to count for credit with ENVS2040.
ENVS1001 Environmental Concepts and Methods
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term