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The roles of civil, natural resources, electrical, mechanical, chemical/process engineering, environmental psychology, sociology and economics in the multi-disciplinary subject of energy engineering; the application of thermodynamics and electricity in energy system conceptual design, advanced concepts in economics comparing paradigms such as classical, neo-classical and steady-state economics; the decoupling of economic growth from energy consumption; energy poverty and energy services.
Wā akoranga | Lecture times and venueOne two-hour session per week, see UC’s My Timetable.Tiro whānui | OverviewYou will develop critical understanding of the roles of key disciplines in energy engineering. This includes understanding complexities and compromises in energy engineering decision-making, past and emerging issues, and future trends as informed by the latest theoretical and applied developments in international literature. This is a research-led class focusing on the relationship of energy systems with the technologies they use and societies in which they operate. It is designed to broaden your knowledge and skills to develop an appreciation of how engineering and other disciplines contribute to and interact in the energy field. This is a core course in the Renewable Energy degree, and we also welcome students from a range of engineering, science, economics, social science and other backgrounds with an understanding of quantitative methods.Hua akoranga | Learning objectivesAt the end of this course, you will be able to:• Discuss energy systems engineering from a multi-disciplinary lens• Demonstrate high-level problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through the analysis and understanding of complex energy systems • Understand the concepts of energy services, energy equity and the impacts of emerging technologies • Critically analyse historic, present and emerging economic, business and policy paradigms, particularly in relation to renewable energy • Perform and critically evaluate life cycle analysis, energy payback time, and levelised cost of energy and of storage calculations.
Hua akoranga | Learning objectivesAt the end of this course, you will be able to:Discuss energy systems engineering from a multi-disciplinary lensDemonstrate high-level problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through the analysis and understanding of complex energy systems Understand the concepts of energy services, energy equity and the impacts of emerging technologies Critically analyse historic, present and emerging economic, business and policy paradigms, particularly in relation to renewable energy Perform and critically evaluate life cycle analysis, energy payback time, and levelised cost of energy and of storage calculations.
Subject to the approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Hōtaka | TimetableThis course includes a combination of lectures and interactive discussions. Each weekly session meets for 2 hours. Below is the proposed course timetable:Week & Topic1 Energy history and great debates2 Towards 100% renewables3 Energy economics4 Energy and the environment 5 Energy and society6 Energy storage7 The future of transport8 The future of heating 9 The future of hydropower10 Revisiting the great debates towards 100% renewable energy11 Project presentations12 The power-to-X economyNote: This is a general guide for the course and is subject to change. Up-to date information will be available on Learn.
Aromātai | AssessmentThe assessment for this course has three major components –discussions, a research project, and a presentation. Given the nature of this course, active participation during class lecture and discussion is required to succeed.Discussions40% TBA throughout the semesterProject45%Last day of the semesterPresentation15%Class of week 11The discussions will occur both on Learn and in class, for which assigned reading material needs to be prepared. Each student in the class will be expected to lead a short class discussion once during the semester. The major assessment for this course is a research project and associated presentation. You will receive the details of the research project after the first two weeks of the course and you are expected to integrate your learning from the entire semester in your final report. On the final day of class, you will present your research to the class.
Domestic fee $1,164.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 8 people apply to enrol.
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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering