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Postgraduate Course: Energy & Climate (online) (PGGE11216)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course covers the topics of energy supply and demand, energy policy and social and cultural perceptions of energy using the same delivery approach and format to that already used for the successful online course 'Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation' as part of the Global Challenges MSc.
Course description This course examines various energy related issues from a scientific, economic, social and political point of view. This course will investigate the benefits and downfalls of various energy sources including traditional fossil fuels, unconventional fossil sources, renewable energy, biomass, biofuel and nuclear energy. It will also cover the topics of energy security, social perceptions, energy policy and energy as a geopolitical tool.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1: two blogs posts and blog feedback (on 4) 30% and 10%
Formative Quiz 1
Assignment 2: Group Exercise with 1000 word memo output to energy minister 20%
Formative Quiz 2
Assignment 3: 3000-word final report opportunities and challenges to make significant difference towards sustainable energy in the country of your choice 40%
Formative Quiz 3

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a high level understanding of the technical, economic benefits and challenges of the main energy sources
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of the social, political and security challenges of various energy sources
  3. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key international energy policies and a basic understanding of key regional energy policies
  4. demonstrate a solid understanding of the economic, socail and policy dimensions of energy demand
Reading List
Required Text(s)
You are required to read:
Ekins, P., Bradshaw, M. & Watson, J. (2015), Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications, Oxford University Press, Oxford. Part One, Chapters 1 to 8, pages 1-159.
Detailed required reading for individual lectures can be found on the Course Website.
Technical Set up
As well as reading the required texts, the following preparation is recommended:
Ensure you can sign on to Learn
Ensure you can sign on to the Course Website
Ensure you have set up your student email
Ensure you set up your Blog
Please review the minimum hardware and operating systems requirements
Create a Google+ account and Connect with the University of Edinburgh and Course Organisers
Ensure you have installed the right software to run Blackboard Collaborate on your computer
Details on how to do these steps can be found in the Technologies Handbook which is accessed via the Programme Handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course deepens and develops the analytical skills and skills of synthesis and critical writing.
KeywordsEnergy Policy,Renewable Energy,Nuclear Power,Fossil Fuels,Biofuel,Energy Security,NYMBY
Course organiserDr Simon Shackley
Tel: (0131 6)50 7862
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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