Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8201 : Energy Resources and Technologies

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eugene Wong
  • Lecturer: Dr Chun Yang Yin
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Engineering first degree or other equivalent qualification

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The aim of this module is to introduce students to the traditional energy sources using fossil fuel (oil, coal and natural gas) and an appreciation of the international and national policies governing climate change and sustainability. Students will gain an overview of the exploitation of these traditional fuels, the exploitation of unconventional sources of fossil fuels, and the evolving technologies for the clean use of fossil fuels. Industry guest lecturers will be invited to provide current perspectives on energy technologies and its impact on sustainability.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Energy picture: General trend in energy consumption and present energy production technologies.
•       Resource understanding: Depleting and uneven distribution of natural resources.
•       Traditional Energy Resources (Coal, Natural Gas, Petroleum)
•       Unconventional Energy Resources (Nuclear, Geothermal, Shale Oil and Gas)
•       Climate Change and Energy
•       International and National Energy Policies
•       Carbon capture and sequestration
•       Emerging Energy Technologies

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

• Identify different types of traditional fossil fuels and be aware of the reserves of these fuels, and of their global consumption.
• Describe the risks and challenges associated with future exploitation of conventional and unconventional fossil fuels.
• To review a range of unconventional sources of fossil fuels.
• Synthesize the impact of fossil fuels on the global climate.
• Evaluate the policies which influence the development of energy policies at international and national level.
• Be aware of emerging energy technologies

Intended Skill Outcomes

• Identify energy resources and production technologies.
• Importance of cross-discipline knowledge for meaningful contribution to the energy debate.
• Identify environmental impact issues in the broader context of ‘sustainability’ and the need to address global as well as local issues.
• Group work and presentation skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Preparation for quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Lectures & Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Directed reading which includes journal papers and web refs
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Drop-In/Surgery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00Personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and module material provide core material and guidance for further reading. The module material also provides problem solving practice and improves planning skills and gives the students the opportunity to manage their own learning. Five hours of directed research is to give students practice assessing specific complex issues which will be discussed in the tutorials. The coursework develops research skills and the ability to utilise relevant information from different sources.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set).
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Quiz 1 (Short questions)
Written exercise2M20Quiz 2 (Short questions)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The quizzes involves problem solving and theoretical questions to assess the students’ progress.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.