SPG8006 : Renewable Energy: Wind and Hydro Energy Technology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a systematic knowledge and understanding of the key issues relevant to the assessment and planning of wind and water power plant.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module addresses energy supply issues and the role of wind and water power plant in meeting these, including "soft" (economic, environmental etc.) as well as "hard" (technical equipment etc.) issues impacting on the design of installations. The module focuses on wind turbine installation and wind farm design issues as local as water power and pumped water energy storage installation design issues including the cost drivers in the design process.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00Pre-school study based on provided course materials and recommended reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Personal research and preparation for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching73:0021:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At Masters level the focus is on guided independent study and group supported learning.
Pre-school learning material is delivered to students via Blackboard. The intensive school builds on and develops this information using seminars and including hands-on laboratory access to appreciate the complex geometry of water turbines and the physical characteristics of cavitation in pumps. Subject specific cognitive and communication skills will be practised and assessed in the presentation. Information literacy, interpersonal communication, planning and organisation will be practised in the preparation and delivery of the presentation. Numeracy and written communication will be practised throughout and assessed in the examination.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Oral Presentation102A40Submitted reference list and additional notes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Exam tests the students' written communication, numeracy and subject specific skills as students solve problems based on the pre-school learning material. The oral presentation in a group-learning seminar context is focused on the drivers for wind and hydro scheme design and practises, develops and assesses interpersonal communication and initiative, which are important professional skills, as well as providing evidence of Masters Level research skills.

In order to pass the module, students must attain a minimum of 40 in each component of assessment. Failure to reach 40 in each component will result in a module mark no greater than 49. This rule has been introduced as an accreditation requirement on the Reflex or REEM programmes.

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