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AMME5101: Energy and the Environment (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME5101: Energy and the Environment (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Associate Professor Cleary, Matthew
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH3260 OR MECH9260 OR MECH8260 OR AERO3261 OR AERO9261 OR AERO8261.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit is suitable for any engineering discipline student who is interested in developing an understanding of analysis and design in energy, power generation, environment and relevant economic issues. The aim is to acquaint students with the methods engineers use to design and evaluate the processes used for the conversion of energy into useful work. This course concentrates on thermal energy conversion. It also assesses and deals with the environmental consequences of energy conversion. At the end of this unit students will be able to critically analyse technical, economic and societal impacts of energy conversion systems.

A series of topics, each containing a series of lectures, will be covered in relation to energy. The course content will include: The Status of Energy Today; Energy for Electricity Generation; Nuclear Energy; Energy for Transportation; Future Energy Usage.
Assumed Knowledge: Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer
Lecturer/s: Associate Professor Cleary, Matthew
Timetable: AMME5101 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures & Tutorials: Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. Tutorials will provide the students with an opportunity to engage in discussions of the course material and homework assignments with the teaching staff and other students.

Independent Study: Approximately 6 hours per week of private study outside lectures and tutorial classes will be required to complete the reading and assignments and to work on the major project.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
An in-depth learning of thermodynamic laws and relationships for analysis and simulation of power generation cycles.
Suggestion:
Lectures, tutorials and assignments introduce and develop an in-depth knowledge of thermodynamic laws and relationships for analysis and simulation of power generation cycles.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Integrating learning of thermodynamics, systems design, economics and environmental issues to solve a real life energy problem. Developing a professional approach to problem solving. (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
Developing a professional approach to report-writing. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Developing skills to contribute meaningfully to the current debate on energy. (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Demonstrate ability to work as an independent engineer through creative and analytical design, use of state-of-the-art engineering literature.
2. Communicate complex engineering ideas orally through in class discussions and in written form through report and essay writing.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Interact with peers to perform complementary work in teams.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
4. Describe and quantify the environmental, economic and operational parameters related to thermal energy conversion systems.
5. Influence decision making through persuasive written reports that are evidence based.
(4) Design (Level 4)
6. Complete open-ended conceptual and preliminary design of energy conversion systems.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
7. Analyse real-world energy systems through application of the theory of thermodynamics, heat transfer and energy conversion.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
8. Perform required calculations to analyse open-ended engineering problems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1* (during allocated tutorial class) No 15.00 Week 5 1, 2, 4, 7, 8,
2 Quiz 2* (during lecture time) No 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 7, 8,
3 Essay Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5,
4 Major Project Yes 40.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Quiz 1 and 2: Tests students knowledge of the topics covered in lectures. Students are expected to read more widely than the lecture notes and marks will be awarded for demonstration of this.

Essay: Students will write a persuasive essay supporting a proposition on an energy-related public issue (e.g. coal seam gas or nuclear power).

Major project: Design and assessment of a thermal energy system.

Late submission: Following a philosophy related to the importance of timely feedback, preliminary feedback will be provided for both the essay and major project immediately after their due dates. As it would otherwise be unfair, late submissions will not be accepted and will receive a mark of zero.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Note on Resources: Preliminary reading can be made on the web at www.ieagreen.org.uk

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction
Module 1: Energy Today

Lecture 1.1: Energy Status
Week 2 Module 2: Electricity

Lecture 2.1: Conventional Technologies and Pollutants
Week 3 Lecture 2.2: Emerging Technologies
Week 4 Major Project consultation session
Week 5 Module 3: Transportation

Lecture 3.1: Conventional Technologies and Pollutants
Assessment Due: Quiz 1* (during allocated tutorial class)
Week 6 Lecture 3.2: Alternative Fuels
Week 7 No lecture - group work and consultation
Week 8 Lecture: Lecture 3.3: Energy for Aviation (Guest)
Week 9 Lecture: Module 4: Nuclear Energy

Lecture 4.1: Introduction to Nuclear Energy
Week 10 Module 5: Future Energy Usage

Lecture 5.1 Energy Conservation & Lecture 5.2 CO2 Emission Reduction
Week 11 Lecture: Lecture 5.3 Renewable Energy Management (Guest)
Week 12 Lecture: Course Review
Week 13 Assessment Due: Quiz 2* (during lecture time)

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2014
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Mechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 40%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) Yes 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 24%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 8%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 14%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) Yes 14%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.