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SPG8017 : Introduction to Photovoltaics (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Professor Lidija Siller, Dr Alasdair Charles, Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of the Introduction to Photovoltaics Module is to introduce primarily non-engineering students to the photovoltaics technologies available. This module will focus on photovoltaic technology, including cell and system operation, the range of applications currently addressed and implementation aspects both technical and non-technical.

Outline Of Syllabus

-Fundamental physics of light and electricity

-Photoelectric effect, junctions and photovoltaic cell

-Materials used for PV cells

-PV modules and system design, manufacture and performance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00PiP sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Assessment preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PiP Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts as appropriate
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Recorded lectures will be used to introduce the main topics. PiP lectures will be used to deliver material not covered in the recorded lectures and also to revise the content of recorded lectures.

The small group teaching sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Technical report (approx. 2500 words).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MCanvas quizzes with feedback throughout the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Report provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills. It also develops the ability to apply the broad base of scientific principles in conjunction with deeper knowledge and understanding in a specific subject area.

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