Energy Systems - 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: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (38%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,475.00
International 2,725.00

An introduction to the design and operation of energy conversion and supply systems. The focus is on the principal small to medium scale energy systems currently in use in Australia. Key areas covered include engine-based RAPS systems, hybrid systems, photovoltaic systems, wind power systems and solar thermal systems. Co-generation systems, fuel cells and microhydro systems are also considered.

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the operation of the main energy systems covered in the unit by: drawing a block diagram showing the layout of the components in the system; indicating on such diagrams, the power flows that occur within such systems; describing the role of the various components in these systems
  2. describe the approaches used in designing and sizing these systems
  3. undertake simple design and sizing tasks for a number of the systems covered.
  • Assignments (38%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (12%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

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.

1Introduction to energy systems
2The interconnected electricity grid
3The interconnected electricity grid - environmental issues/renewables - issues in connecting to the grid
4Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) systems
5Engine based RAPS systems
7Fuel cells
8Electrical Energy Storage
9Design of PV Systems - Sizing Methods
10Design of Wind Power Systems/Wind Farms and Wind Penetration
11Water Pumping - Wind and Solar/Other Energy Sources - Microhydro
12Solar Thermal Systems

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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