Module Catalogue 2022/23

SPG8014 : Introduction to Hydro, Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rosemary Norman
  • Lecturer: Dr Nick Baker
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Familiarity, preferably at Bachelor degree level (or equivalent prior experience or accredited learning) with critical evaluation of complex issues involving finance, planning, policy, management, etc coupled with an awareness of economic, environmental, political and societal contexts. Evidence (possibly pre-Bachelor degree level) of some basic mathematical facility and awareness of scientific thought. For non-native speakers, evidence of English language competence (to a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with higher levels of attainment strongly recommended).

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

Non-native speakers of English whose current level of attainment is less than UELA 70 or IELTS 7.0 (or recognised equivalent) in all four aspects of communication (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) should be attending the non-credit-bearing in-sessional English language support classes provided by the University.


To introduce postgraduate students from largely non-engineering backgrounds to, and provide an awareness of, the technological, economic, environmental and resource aspects of a range of renewable energy technologies. This module will focus on hydro, wind, wave and tidal energy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Renewable Energy Resources - what, where and their characteristics.
Renewable Energy technologies -water and wind, wave and tidal.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this modules students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of renewable energy technologies for water, wind, wave and tidal power.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of this modules students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the practical implementation associated with engineering systems and processes in renewable energy systems.
Students will be able to identify problems and critically appraise solutions for engineering systems.
Students will be able to identify and utilise data associated with generation and energy conversion systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Preparation for and completion of coursework.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00Non-synchronous - online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials & quizzes
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading154:0054:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00Scheduled PiP seminar sessions to be recapped.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At Masters level the focus is on guided independent study and group supported learning. Online guided learning material is delivered to students via Canvas. The Present in Person (PiP) sessions will provide students with the opportunity to discuss concepts with lecturers and their peers to consolidate their understanding.
Information literacy, interpersonal communication, planning and organisation, numeracy and written communication will be practiced throughout, and assessed in the online assessment.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Coursework assessment - approx 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework tests the students' critical thinking, written communication, numeracy and subject-specific skills as students solve problems based on the learning material.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 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 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.