Contemporary Issues in Energy
|Course code PHYS6010||Units 10||Level 6000||Faculty 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 2015
|Objectives||On 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.
|Content||The 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.
|Assumed Knowledge||Arithmetic and algebra up to and including logarithmic and exponential functions. Knowledge of calculus is not required.|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based|
|Teaching Methods||Email Discussion Group|
|Contact Hours||Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for PHYS6010|