Module title: Solar Energy: Technology, Modelling and Analysis

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11121
Module leader: Tariq Muneer
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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: Tariq Muneer
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to learning outcomes
The delivery of the technical content will be through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations (LO3). Practical aspects of the material in the module will be highlighted through specific laboratory demonstrations (LO1) linked to lecture delivered material where appropriate. Issues around ethics, sustainability, design considerations (LO2) and industrial constraints will be incorporated into the technical content delivery (LO4 and 5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Students taking this module will already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or have undertaken equivalent learning. The purpose here is to provide additional expertise in their chosen field. The School has very active ties to employers through the well established Industrial Liaison Committees.

Assessment (formative and summative)
2 Courseworks. Technical content and critical appraisal of material considered will be assessed through 2 coursework submissions. The courseworks will be based around laboratory work, taught material, and information gained by each individual through directed study and reading. Prior to submission students will have the opportunity to critically assess the outcomes of lab exercises and discuss these with the tutor. Formative feedback will therefore be given both prior to and after coursework submission. First coursework will concentrate on assessing student on LO1, 2 and 3. The second coursework will assess on LO4 and 5.

Research/teaching linkages
Laboratory based exercises will provide opportunities for exploration and discussion around topics and provides the opportunity to link the material delivered in the formal lectures with practical demonstrations. Where appropriate this also provides the opportunity for staff to introduce students to relevant areas of their current research.

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 39
Face To Face Lecture 13
Independent Learning Guided independent study 148
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Review of exisiting technology with respect to solar energy systems and their performance. Detailed design of solar energy systems; including autonomous off-grid Photo-Voltaic (PV) systems. Methodology and rationale for grid connection. Feed-in tariff and other governmental policies. Optimised design of solar water and space heating systems. Daylighting and solar light-pipes. Economic, energetic and environmental pay-back times. Financing and economic evaluation of systems. Systems control and energy storage.




Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:-
LO1: Analyse solar geometry and irradiation data.
LO2: Explain and critically discuss the performance and design considerations of solar energy systems.
LO3: Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise the environmental impact of solar energy systems.
LO4: Compare the overall economic and energetic performance of complete solar energy systems.
LO5: Critically discuss the current UK/EU government policy framework regarding solar energy systems and and international trends.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MEC11121 Solar Energy: Technology, Modelling and Analysis