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SPG8009 : Renewable Energy: Policy, Politics and Ethics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with an appreciation of the political and ethical context of renewable energy at international, national and local level and for students to be able to critically review Government energy strategies.

The module provides students with the 'sustainability' context for renewable energy (whether in the form of electricity, heat or transport), to critically review Government energy policies and strategies and to form a view on whether these are adequate to achieve renewable energy and GHG emissions commitments.

Outline Of Syllabus

Energy is a global issue, this module will look at how different nations deal with energy issues and how government policy drive the uptake of renewable energy systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP Lectures (NOT ESSENTIAL). Introduction and teaching sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Online synchronous tutorial sessions.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework assignment.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading137:0037:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00Individual or group research and reading for formative exercise.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery42:008:00PiP or synchronous online
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 Synchronous online sessions and discussion boards 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 assignment

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

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 exercise1M100Written assignment (3000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the drivers, techniques and technologies behind energy management.

The coursework assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their comprehensive and systematic knowledge and understanding of the politics and ethics associated with renewable energy.

Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be assessed through the assignment. The other key skills will not be assessed but students will need to utilise these skills in order to access the self guided material and prepare the assignment.

Reading Lists