Faculty: Faculty of Science

Department: Science Faculty

Unit coordinator: Professor Tony Vassallo

Energy and Resources (SUST5003)


This unit will examine the critical roles that energy and resource usage play in global, national and local sustainability. The need for developed economies to decarbonise their energy supply and for developing countries to have access to clean energy and sustainable resources will require major changes in technology, policy and business systems. This unit of study will cover the fundamentals of energy and resource supply; sustainable supply and use of energy for industry, business and consumers; life cycle analysis; energy security and alternative energy systems. Students will gain an understanding of: different sources of energy and their uses; the economic, environmental and societal contexts of energy and resource use; the need and scope for a transition from conventional energy sources; sound principles for analysing different resource and energy supply options; the role of international agreements and federal policy in influencing resource and energy use.

Further unit of study information


One 2 to 2.5 hour interactive lecture per week presented in an intensive format with up to four hours per week spent on a combination of additional (e.g. on-line) learning tasks, small group sessions and consultation with lecturers.


Essays, classroom presentations, short written assignments (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules



Additional Information

This unit of study involves essay-writing. Academic writing skills equivalent to HSC Advanced English or significant consultation via the Writing Hub is assumed.

SUST5003: Energy and Resources

The full outline of this unit is not available via the CUSP system. More details about this unit may be found on the Sydney Courses system. Check SUST5003 for further information.