Skip to main content


SPG8032 : Renewable Electricity Generation Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rosemary Norman
  • Lecturer: Dr Nick Baker, Dr Alasdair Charles, Professor Lidija Siller
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 solar photovoltaic (PV), hydro, wind, wave and tidal energy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Renewable electricity generation systems will be considered in terms of two key aspects:

Renewable Energy Resources – Nature, location and magnitude of the resource combined with fundamentals of energy available in solar PV, hydro, wind, wave and tidal schemes.

Renewable Energy Technologies – Underlying scientific principles of energy capture and conversion to electricity in solar PV, hydro, wind, wave and tidal power schemes. History, technology, present commercial and research status for leading technologies will be considered.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Scheduled, recapped lecture sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Scheduled, recapped lecture sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion51:005:00Revision and computer assessment completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Revision and exam completion
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials241:0024:00Review online materials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:00Course materials & recommended reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Scheduled tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00Independent study of the technologies
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 and used to introduce key topics. The lecture 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.

Intended knowledge and skills outcomes will be addressed through the lecture sessions and reinforced through formative Canvas quizzes and structured online materials.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1501A80In-person examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M20Canvas-based computer assessment, 1 hour duration to be completed within 24-hour window
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 examination provides an appropriate method to assess the students' critical thinking, written communication, numeracy and subject-specific skills as students solve problems based on the learning material. (IKO 1-4, ISO1, 4, 5)

The mid-module computer assessment affords students an opportunity to demonstrate problem solving, numeracy and associated cognitive skills (ISO 2, 3).

The formative assessment will enable students to test their understanding of the materials as they progress through the module.

Reading Lists