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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
The Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) provides students with the specialised knowledge and skills required to work in the rapidly growing renewable energy industry. The program is specifically built upon the core strengths of the University in the fields of energy and engineering and draws from the wealth of expertise, skill sets and the world-class infrastructure found at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). This unique approach enriches the students’ experience by demonstrating to them how the latest developments and emerging trends in sustainable energy solutions can be applied to real-world problems.
The program is an interdisciplinary engineering program which is built on the foundation of electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering topics as they apply to renewable energy. The program offers specialised courses in solar, wind, bioenergy, and geothermal, hydro and hybrid systems, power system design, and grid integration encompassing generation, transmission, utilisation and storage of renewable energy. The core courses are complemented with a selection of electives from across the University in the areas of climate change policy, law and economics, social and environmental sciences, in turn preparing students to tackle complex multi-disciplinary problems.
Students gain the knowledge and skills to provide holistic and innovative solutions to real world engineering problems related to renewable energy capture, conversion, storage and management. These abilities include but are not limited to:
- evaluating, designing and implementing innovative sustainable solutions using solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and other renewable energy resources, storage and utilisation technologies with a focus on power generation;
- optimising the performance of existing renewable energy systems and improving their conversion energy efficiency; and
- devising creative solutions for renewable energy distribution and storage.
Graduates will find employment in industry and government in the areas of consulting and advisory support focusing on the technical and economic feasibility and design of renewable energy systems, plant operation and optimisation of installed renewable energy systems, energy management, energy auditing, energy economics, energy policy development, carbon accounting, research, entrepreneurship and innovation, and sales.
Completion of this program of study will, to a large extent, equip and enable students to seek employment in the non-renewable energy sector in addition to the renewable energy field.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Comprehensive, theory based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
- Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
- In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
- Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
- Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
- Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
- Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
- Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
- Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
- Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
- Ethical conduct and professional accountability
- Effective oral and/or written communication in professional and lay domains
- Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
- Professional use and management of information
- Orderly management of self and professional conduct
- Effective team membership and team leadership
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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|Assumed knowledge||HSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would be an advantage (Biology, Physics or Chemistry preferred).|
|Recommended studies||HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage (Biology, Physics or Chemistry preferred).|
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
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Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Compulsory program requirements
Requirements for qualification of this award include completion of at least 12 weeks of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the College Board. Students are encouraged to obtain and to report on a substantial block of this experience at one time, but several shorter periods, of not less than 2 weeks duration, will be accepted.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) is a four year program, students are required to complete 320 units, which is comprised of:
- 280 units of core courses; and
- 40 units of elective courses.
No more than 120 units can be taken at 1000 level; and at least 40 units must be taken at each level from the 2000 level and above for this program.
The Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) program commences in 2019 and will progressively roll out courses across the four years of the program. In 2019, all first year courses will be available for enrolment. In 2020, all first and second year courses will be available for enrolment. In 2021, all first, second, and third year courses will be available for enrolment. In 2022, all four years of the courses will be available. As a result of the roll out process, and the education scaffolding between years that is inherent in engineering programs, students entering this program with advanced standing (i.e. credit) will not be able to complete the program before 2022.
An elective pathway gives students the opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge in their own or another engineering discipline; or specialise in areas such as business, maths or science; or undertake study overseas. Students should be aware of the 120 unit maximum for 1000 level unit courses when selecting their elective pathway.
Students who do not meet the enrolment requisite for MATH1110 must take MATH1002 Foundational Studies in Mathematics. For these students, MATH1002 will count for 10 units of electives. Students undertaking this pathway will need to be aware of the 1000 level unit restrictions when enrolling in their remaining elective courses.
- Students wishing to undertake this program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the Program Convenor or Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au) for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.
- Please note that if you undertake courses that are not in your approved program, you will be liable for additional fees for those courses. This is in addition to the fees associated with your normal program of study.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2019-2020 Semester 1 Program Plan 226.9 KB
- 2019-2020 Semester 2 Program Plan 226.8 KB
- 2021 Semester 1 Program Plan 193.0 KB
- 2021 Semester 2 Program Plan 175.5 KB
- Transition Arrangements 2021 266.1 KB
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.
Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Additional documents" section in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Academic Program Advisor (ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au).
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
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|CHEE1000||Process Engineering Principles||10 units|
|CHEM1010||Introductory Chemistry I||10 units|
|ELEC1310||Introduction to Electrical Engineering||10 units|
|ENGG1003||Introduction to Procedural Programming||10 units|
|ENGG1500||Introduction to Professional Engineering||10 units|
|MATH1110||Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1||10 units|
|MATH1120||Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 2||10 units|
|PHYS1210||Advanced Physics I||10 units|
|CHEE2325||Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes||10 units|
|CHEE2695||Energy Transfer and Technologies||10 units|
|CHEE2825||Chemical and Renewables Engineering Laboratory||10 units|
|ELEC2132||Electric Energy Systems||10 units|
|ELEC2320||Electrical and Electronic Circuits||10 units|
|ENGG2300||Engineering Fluid Mechanics||10 units|
|ENGG2500||Sustainable Engineering Practice||10 units|
|MATH2310||Calculus of Science and Engineering||10 units|
|ELEC3160||Principles and Design of Off-Grid Power Systems||10 units|
|ELEC3251||Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems||10 units|
|ENGG3500||Managing Engineering Projects||10 units|
|RENE3000||Solar and Wind||10 units|
|RENE3100||Geothermal, Hydro, Ocean and Hybrid Systems||10 units|
|CHEE4945A||Design Project A||10 units|
|CHEE4945B||Design Project B||10 units|
|ENGG4500||Engineering Complexity||10 units|
|RENE4000||Energy Storage Systems||Not currently offered||10 units|
|RENE4900A||Renewable Energy Engineering Project A||Not currently offered||10 units|
|RENE4900B||Renewable Energy Engineering Project B||Not currently offered||10 units|
Students who do not meet the enrolment requisite for MATH1110 must take MATH1002 Foundational Studies in Mathematics. For these students MATH1002 will count for 10 units of electives. Students undertaking this pathway will need to be aware of the 1000 level unit restrictions when enrolling in their remaining elective courses.
Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
The Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) uses the WAM as a measure for determining Honours. Please refer to the Bachelor Honours Policy for further detailed information.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.
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