Module title: Renewable Energy and Sustainability

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC09117
Module leader: Tom Grassie
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

Mechanics and thermofluids equivalent to SCQF level 8 or foundational understanding of thermodynamics

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tom Grassie
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching methods : Face-to-face activities undertaken in lectures and tutorials, covering the main subject themes, are supplemented by activities where the students are required to enhance their independent learner skills. Individual tutorial and topical research activities are set on a weekly basis. Guest lectures and site visits are used to further enhance the students understanding and aid in their contextualisation of module content.All learning outcomes are covered

Embedding employability/PDP/scholarship skills: The key skills are: a) Demonstration of an ability to grasp key concepts pertinent to the successful design of energy systems.This covers LOs 1,2,3 and 5 b) Communication of ideas c) Analytical and reflective thinking through consideration of systems components characteristics interaction. LOs 1,2,3,4 and 5

Assessment (formative and summative): Summative assessment: both coursework submission and examination allows clear determination of each students understanding of all pertinient issues relating to the above defined LOs. These assessments require the definition and characterisation a range or renewable energy systems, with consideration given to their relative sustainability and applicability Formative assessment: through one to one discussions during tutorial sessions, each student receives verbal feedback on their progress and performance on a weekly basis.

Research/teaching linkages: The module team, as an active research members of staff, will use present research projects as case studies through out the module. Key areas highlighted relate to solar resource data analysis, low cost high latitude solar thermal applications, and micro hydro power

Supporting equality and diversity: All materials are hosted on Edinburgh napier Universities VLE "Moodle" and are available in paper copy, catering for a diverse student group.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 1,2 AND 3 6 , WORDS= 1500
Report 25 1,2 AND 3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Analysis of renewable resource data. Wind turbine design and selection. Solar heating and solar electric systems design and specification. Hydro turbine selection and design. Building thermal load analysis. Wave and tidal power overview. Biomass systems and carbon accounting. Stastical Analysis of wind speed data.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: analyse renewable energy resources data;
LO2: specify the design of renewable energy systems and their ranges of application.
LO3: demonstrate an understanding of key factors that influence the balance of components in autonomous electrical systems.
LO4: demonstrate an understanding of the techniques involved in life cycle analysis and carbon accounting, and assess the relativesustainability of alternative energy systems..
LO5: demonstrate an awareness of the accuracy and validity of renewable energy system design software and systems potential.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - BOYLE (2012) RENEWABLE ENERGY: POWER FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: OU PRESS, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9780199545339
Core - TWIDELL AND WEIR (2015) RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 0419253300
Core - BOYLE, EVERETT AND PEAKE (2011) ENERGY SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY: OU PRESS, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 0199593744
Core - VKLD (2005) ENERGY AT THE CROSSROADS: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND UNCERTAINTIES: MIT PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0262693240
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