BI3SE16-Sustainable Electrical Energy

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr John Bowen


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with both a systems level overview of the generation, transfer, storage and use of electrical energy; and an understanding of how the technology involved works. The module will consider both large scale systems such as national electricity grids, as well as small scale systems such as domestic micro-generation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing this module, students should be able to:
oEvaluate the potential impact of changes in the supply of energy in the context of current and future energy demand, and explain how changes may be necessary for meeting our energy needs in the future.
oDescribe the technology used for sustainable electrical energy and explain how it works, and compare different types of technology in a given context.
oUnderstand some of the important social, economic and environmental factors that are linked with energy generation and use, and describe the impact of some of those factors.

Additional outcomes:
-Improved group working skills
-Experience applying research and fundamental theory to practical case studies.
-Further awareness of important environmental issues.

Outline content:
-Generation of electrical energy using electric machines (conventional generators, wind and tidal power), and solar panels.
-An overview of the national energy transmission infrastructure including key stakeholders and economic factors. An introduction to the smart grid.
-Energy storage in batteries and capacitors (including super-capacitors).
-The measurement and display of energy use.
-Types of electric loads and the impact they have on energy systems.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by group work in seminars

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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