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Module

SPG8017 : Introduction to Photovoltaics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Alasdair Charles, Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of the Introduction to Photovoltaics Module is to introduce primarily non-engineering students to the photovoltaics technologies available.
The module will also provide students from a non-engineering background with an awareness of technological, economic, environmental and resource aspects of PV technologies.

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

-Solar Resources
-PV cell, module and system design, manufacture and performance
-PV applications and implementation, economics and environmental benefits

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Assessment preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Present in person tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts as appropriate
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00Synchronous online
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials convey the underlying science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems. The small group teaching sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during lectures.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M100Assignment on a given topic.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework 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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