SPG8001 : Renewable Energy: Resources

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide a systematic knowledge and understanding of the aspects of energy resources (particularly of renewable energies)that impact on the design, security and safety of energy systems:
•       Energy sources and their use
•       Long-term problems and socio-economic and political issues surrounding energy supplies
•       The major renewable energy resources, their origins, potential and the measurement techniques used to quantify them.
The module takes a critical view of current worldwide energy usage and its impact on the climate; the structure of electricity networks and the roles of different energy sources in the provision of a national supply; the origins and distribution of the main energy resources; quantifying resource potential and variation at a given site.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module encompasses the different renewable energy sources available, in particular wind, wave, tidal, solar and biochemical, and their impact on the design of energy systems. The distribution of these sources and the methods for assessing their potential and viability will also be considered.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Post School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Private Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading138:0038:00Pre-school study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Guided independent study (pre-school) and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of the syllabus topics (knowledge outcomes 1-5, Skills outcomes 1 and 3). The guided independent study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material.

The post-school assignment allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the topic (knowledge outcomes 1 and 3, skills outcomes 2 and 4).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201M50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M50Post-School Assignment (20 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal examination gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their systematic understanding of knowledge and skills (including relevant research techniques and tools) across the range of the module syllabus under time-limited conditions. Students are assessed for written communication, problem solving and numeracy skills (knowledge outcomes 1-4, skills outcomes 1 and 3).

The post school assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their critical analysis and information literacy by means of an essay, designed to take the student 20 hours.This assesses written communication skills (knowledge outcomes 1 and 3, skills outcomes 2 and 4).

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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