Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development - 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
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (5%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,070.00
International 2,320.00

This unit addresses the challenges of assessing, designing, introducing and maintaining small scale renewable energy technologies in developing countries, particularly in rural areas. It is here that the big increases in global population and energy demand are predicted to occur over the coming two decades. The problem is viewed in a holistic, rather than a purely technical, way and a broad description of what constitutes renewable energy technology is adopted, since most energy in the rural areas is currently derived from traditional renewable sources.

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

  1. discuss the current methods of energy provision in developing countries, particularly in rural areas, the problems they cause, and the need for new sustainable methods of providing energy services
  2. conduct practical assessment and design for the main small scale renewable energy technologies suitable for such communities and demonstrate an understanding of how to introduce and maintain them
  3. approach problems holistically, rather than in a purely technical way ensuring that key criteria such as social/cultural, economic and environmental aspects are assessed
  4. identify a number of key elements that affect the successful introduction of renewable technologies in a development setting including needs assessment, technology transfer, financing, planning and gender issues.
  • Assignment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Project (35%)
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:

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.

1Unit introduction, sustainable energy and development
2Energy sources
3Community development using renewable energy
4Electrification using solar energy
5Cooking with renewable energy technologies
6Wind and water power technologies
7Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE)
8Sustainable transport and biofuel
9Technology selection, transfer and gender issues
10Markets, microfinance and project planning
11Renewable energy in Indigenous communities
12Renewable energy and sustainability - a review

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

  • 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.
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