The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course examines energy generation and useage, considers the major related environmental issues and also focuses on the search for sustainable solutions. 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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENVS2001. Students who have successfully completed ENVS2001 are not eligible to enrol in PHYS2300.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.

Requisite

This course replaces ENVS2040 and ENVS2001. If you have successfully completed ENVS2040 or ENVS2001, you cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

PHYS2300Energy and the EnvironmentThis course examines energy generation and useage, considers the major related environmental issues and also focuses on the search for sustainable solutions. 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.FSCITFaculty of Science724School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences1020005980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195980Semester 2 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019ENVS1001 Environmental Concepts and Methods 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. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Describe the different energy sources and discuss the costs and benefits of each in an environmental and societal context;2Quantitatively analyse and compare the different energy sources;3Communicate scientific principles by reasoned argument;4Search for, comprehend and report on scientific findings relating to energy production, usage and environmental consequences;5Demonstrate competency in laboratory techniques, data recording and analysis;6Critically assess the reporting of energy issues in the media.This course replaces the following course(s): ENVS2001. Students who have successfully completed ENVS2001 are not eligible to enrol in PHYS2300. This course replaces ENVS2040 and ENVS2001. If you have successfully completed ENVS2040 or ENVS2001, you cannot enrol in this course.Essay: Essays - Discussion of Nuclear Australia - Draft versionFormal Examination: Examination: FormalTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory ExercisesWritten Assignment: Essay - Discussion of Nuclear Australia - Final Version Callaghan and OurimbahLaboratoryFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for8Weeks0LectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0TutorialFace to Face On Campus1hour(s)per Week for11Weeks0


Assessment items

Essay: Essays - Discussion of Nuclear Australia - Draft version

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Written Assignment: Essay - Discussion of Nuclear Australia - Final Version


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks