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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


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.

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.

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.

Reading Lists