CEM231-Energy Carbon and the Environment

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies CEM102 Business of Construction CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

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 the technical, environmental, economic and social issues associated with the production of energy. It includes an overview of energy production and consumption trends, traditional means of energy production, renewable energy, sustainability, environmental issues and political and economic concepts in energy. Students are able to explore a range of energy related issues through conducting research for one assessed report.

Aims:
To provide a multi-disciplinary, integrated introduction to technical, environmental, economic and social issues associated with energy production, including the consideration of the practical constraints that limit the extent to which negative impacts can be ameliorated.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable 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 production and consumption
• Energy economics
• Fossil fuel power plants
• Nuclear power
• Environmental impacts of energy production
• 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 70
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One assignment

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

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:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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