Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8134 : Marine Renewable Energy:Sources and Recovery

MAR8134 : Marine Renewable Energy:Sources and Recovery

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

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Modules you need to take at the same time

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To introduce students to marine renewable energy technologies, spatial planning, capital and economic considerations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:

Framing the imperatives and the macro-economic environment for marine renewable energy projects. Components of the industry. Overview of regulatory framework. De-carbonising the UKL economy/climate change
A thorough understanding of complex variable techniques including Cauchy Riemann equations and the evaluation of the Cauchy Integral
Fluid Dynamics
Underpinning fluid dynamics from a first degree including potential flow, streamlines, stream function and potential function. Solution of Laplace’s equation in two variables.
Underpinning knowledge for identification, capture and utilization of wind, wave and tidal energy sources.
Current portfolio, emerging technologies. Spatial Planning
What is spatial planning? What are the key considerations? Who are the stakeholders? What space is needed? Conflicts with other activities
Evaluating project feasibility, securing project finance Case Studies
Predominantly offshore wind, tidal exemplars, wave emerging technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:
IKO1 - Various marine renewable energy technologies
IKO2 - Spatial planning
IKO3 - Capital and economic considerations.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate the following:
ISO1 - IT skills
ISO2 - Decision making
ISO3 - Communication skills
ISO4 - Project and resource management
ISO5 - Collation, analysis and evaluation of data
ISO6 - Project planning
ISO7 - Problem solving
ISO8 - Time management
ISO9 - Ability to work alone

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00In-School formative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Post-school assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Present-in-person Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00General review, reading and consolidating of lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject by independent reading for which they are given guidance in the distance learning material (IKO1-3). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of design during the intensive school and work-based assessments and application after the intensive school also enable the students to learn. Subject specific skills (e.g. IT and project planning) are developed via the distance learning material, which is delivered by a web-based system (Canvas). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies and design classes, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through work based pre-school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-9).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report3M100Post-school assignment; coursework
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMFormative assessment through in-school quiz, with feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed via a written assignment. Subject specific and cognitive skills are assessed via design exercises and the module assignment, as are communication skills. The Zero Weighted Pass/fail Assessment is a formative assessment but is compulsory to complete the module as forgoing it could hinder the student’s ability to perform during the post-school assignment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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