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

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 completion12:002:00Written Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Personal research and preparation for oral presentation and bibliography
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading142:0042:00Pre-school study based on provided course materials and recommended reading.
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.
Subject specific cognitive and communication skills will be practised and assessed in the oral presentations. Information literacy, interpersonal communication, planning and organisation will be practised in the preparation and delivery of the presentations. 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
Oral Presentation101M28N/A
Written Examination1201M60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M12Bibliography related to oral presentation
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 practises, develops and assesses interpersonal communication and initiative, which are important professional skills, as well as providing evidence of Masters level research skills.

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