Contemporary Issues in Energy

Course code PHYS6010Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

This course introduces the student to contemporary issues in energy in Australia. Provision of energy for residential, industrial and transport use in an environmentally responsible way to both urban and remote areas provides a severe test for Australia. The course will examine the tradeoffs necessary in providing the mix of strategies for energy delivery by outlining the physics and chemistry underlying energy provision, energy storage and environmental effects as well as critically examining material from a variety of sources, including web-based information and government commissioned reports, on contemporary energy options.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. understand the scientific background to energy production and utilisation
2. make reasoned judgements on the economic, environmental and technological advantages and disadvantages of different methods of energy production.
ContentThe course will cover
" the basic science and application of conventional and alternative energy sources ie coal, hydroelectric, wind and wave, photovoltaic, solar-thermal, nuclear.
" the basic science related to energy storage batteries and hydrogen
" the science underlying issues arising from the above energy sources ie the greenhouse effect and CO2 sequestration, environmental degradation, storage of nuclear waste.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeArithmetic and algebra up to and including logarithmic and exponential functions. Knowledge of calculus is not required.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Online discussion participation and contribution in Email Discussion Group
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentMaster of Science Management
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS6010