Energy in Society - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (20%) , Invigilated Exam - 3 hour exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit is about energy sources and how they are utilised to produce power for human society. It is based on a multidisciplinary approach and covers patterns of consumption; energy conversion technology; environmental and social impacts; conventional and alternative sources; energy conservation and options for future energy supplies.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. consider issues of energy use and energy supply in a broad context of sustainability
  2. make decisions and provide advice about options of energy supply and use.
  • Assignments (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 3 hour exam (50%)
  • Project (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Knowledge of high school physics is required.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is energy?
2Energy and life
3Production and consumption of energy
4Energy conversion
5Energy use
6The fossil fuels
7Electrical energy
8Nuclear power
10Geothermal power
11Wind power
13Solar Energy
14Energy storage
15The hydrogen economy
16Energy efficiency
17Energy resources
18Social and economic Issues
19Energy and the environment
20Energy and the future

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Energy Systems and Sustainability

    By:Bob Everett et al

    ISBN: 9780199593743


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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