CEMREC-Energy, Carbon and the Environment

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Maria Vahdati

Email: m.m.vahdati@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Energy underpins our current standard of living and economic development. The environmental impact of energy use and transition to a lower carbon economy presents significant challenges. This module is concerned with an introduction to the technical, environmental, economic and social issues associated with the production and consumption of energy. It includes an introduction to energy, renewable energy, sustainability, political and economic concepts in energy. Students are able to explore a range of energy related issues through conducting research for two assessed reports.

To provide a multi-disciplinary, integrated introduction to technical, environmental, economic and social issues associated with energy production and consumption, paying particular regard to the practical constraints that limit the extent to which negative impacts can be ameliorated.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module, the student should:
- Be able to discuss, at a professional level, the significance of energy in the modern world, with due reference to social, economic, historic, environmental and technological contexts.
- Be able to make rational preliminary choices between energy technologies for any application on the basis of economic, social, environmental and technological factors, using quantitative arguments where appropriate.

Additional outcomes:
In addition, the student should:
- Be able to identify the most important references in the field in order to be able to support an argument or defend an assertion
- Be able to outline the factors that constrain and otherwise influence energy production, and describe their multi-disciplinary nature and linkages

Outline content:
- The role of energy in society
- Trends in energy consumption
- Energy economics
- Environmental impacts of energy production and consumption
- Introduction to thermo-fluids
- Survey of 'traditional' means of energy production
- Brief introduction to new and renewable energy technologies (wind, hydro, solar, biomass and others)
- Introductory Meteorology for Renewable Energy Systems

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered through lectures in an intensive block in the Autumn term. The module will be delivered by the whole course team and visiting professors and lecturers.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 27
External visits 3
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Two assignments

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% or better overall for a pass at level 7

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework in September

Last updated: 9 August 2012

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