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Postgraduate Course: Sustainable Energy Contexts (MSc) (PGEE11161)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to establish a basic understanding of global patterns of energy use and systems of energy supply, in the context of their sustainability: social, environmental and economic. It is structured so as to familiarise students with the wide range of literature on sustainability, and will develop independent study and analysis skills.
More specifically;
1. To provide an overview the world's energy resources, and the current patterns of the production and use of energy.
2. To examine the current world energy picture in the context of sustainability.
3. To present strategies for more sustainable supply, and to consider the constraints on expansion of supply.
4. To discuss future sustainable energy scenarios
5. To develop an appreciation of the global nature of the issues, and an accompanying appreciation of the need for local variations to be understood and accounted for
6. To develop a realisation of the intricacy and complexity of sustainable energy issues; to gain ability to critically appraise information in the sector, and to detect and reject over-simplified assertions and/or solutions.
Course description 1.Introduction
2. Primary Energy
3. Global Climate change
4. Environmental impacts of energy use
5. Energy resources and reserves
6. Costing energy
7. Lifecycle assessment
8. Transitional technologies (I)
9. Transitional technologies (II)
10. Energy scenarios
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 12, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 54 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework %: 100
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Navigate a route through the many public-domain sources of information about energy and sustainability;
  2. Summarise the current world-wide pattern of energy production and use, and their future trends and describe the environmental impact of current energy production and use;
  3. Perform basic calculations to quantify energy flows and environmental impacts, and describe strategies for developing sustainable energy sources;
  4. Appreciate the geopolitical, economic and environmental constraints on expansion of energy supply;
  5. Describe strategies for reducing energy demand on a local (user) scale, and a global (geopolitical scale).
Reading List
(not compulsory)
Everett, Boyle, Peake & Ramage, Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future,
Oxford University Press, 2011. £29.59

David J.C. MacKay,
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air £16.06,
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserProf Tom Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)50 8701
Course secretaryMiss Catherine Davidson
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