Core Module Information
Module title: Sustainable Energy Technologies

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

Module code: MEC11523
Module leader: Dylan Ryan
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

Review, mathematical analysis and application of renewable energy resource data for the detailed design of appropriate renewable energy systems; including autonomous off-grid systems, and methodology and rationale for grid connection. Systems control and energy storage on both a micro and macro scale will be considered. Economic and environmental impact of Biomass energy systems will be covered. Hydro electric systems design, including water turbine selection and Flow Duration Curve analysis for optimisation of energy yield will be presented Methods of estimating life cycle carbon emission and ecological impacts will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise global energy resources and mathematically manipulate renewable energy resource data.
LO2: Explain and discuss the design considerations of autonomous and grid connected renewable energy based systems
LO3: Demonstrate the ability to define and critically appraise the life cycle environmental impact and performance of energy systems while applying due consideration to factors relating to health and safety.
LO4:. Define the appropriate design and performance and grid connection opportunities for hydro and marine current turbines.
LO5: Analyse and calculate the environmental impact of biomass energy systems (including transportation), specify the appropriate size of boiler for a specific installation, and consider payback.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Dylan Ryan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The delivery of the technical content will be through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations (LO1, 2 and 4). Practical aspects of the material in the module will be highlighted through specific laboratory demonstrations linked to lecture delivered material where appropriate (LO2). Issues around ethics, sustainability, design considerations and industrial constraints will be incorporated into the technical content delivery (LO3 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.

Formative Assessment:
Prior to submission students will have the opportunity to critically assess the outcomes of class and tutorial work and discuss these with the tutor. Formative feedback will therefore be given both prior to and after coursework submission.

Summative Assessment:
Coursework will be based around taught material, and information gained by each individual through directed study and reading. Coursework will primarily assess LO1 and LO3. The Exam will allow students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in respect of all the above mentioned LOs, with more emphasis on LO’s 2, 4 and 5, although inevitably there will be some crossover with LO’s 1 & 3.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1-3 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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