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Undergraduate | RMI-SCE200 | 2023

Energy and the Earth's Environment

Fuel an understanding of energy production, transmission and usage. Unearth issues driving demand for energy. Consider traditional and alternative energy methods. Study the physical principles behind energy transformation from one type to another. 

Study method
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023

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About this subject

  • On successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

    1. Define, specify suitable units for, and state the relationships between basic physical quantities such as force, work, energy, temperature (developing the knowledge capability dimension)
    2. Explain the physical principles governing energy transformations using correct terminology
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of where energy is currently used and how it may be used efficiently
    4. Perform quantitative calculations to assess efficiency of traditional and alternative means of energy production
    5. Demonstrate how even simple atmospheric models can qualitatively and semi-quantitatively reveal the greenhouse effect 

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.


No prior experience in physics is required for this course, although basic mathematical ability in algebra is expected (at year 12 level or basic first year university level).

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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