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  • Objectives
    That a graduate of the program should: * acquire key employment skills in the engineering practice of energy technologies; * gain advanced knowledge in a chosen area of interest in energy technologies, planning and use.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Energy Studies
  • Course description
    The Master of Energy Studies provides participants with a broad understanding of the range of technologies, both conventional and non-conventional, that can be used for energy supply. The program is designed to enhance career prospects for graduate engineers and scientists working or wishing to work in the field of energy use and planning, both in government and private sectors.

    A two-semester program on a full-time basis comprising 100 points, consisting of:
    The course consists of eight subjects.

    Core subjects: (37.5 points)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    421-626  Design of Energy Systems
    Topics covered include: Design and selection of system components; concepts of system design; technical and economic feasibility; strength and limitation of ready made software; system modelling and simulation as design tools; design optimisation.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-629  Energy Efficiency Technology
    Potential for improvements in energy efficiency in gasoline and diesel vehicle, oil refinery system; energy efficiency technologies for the manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors; demand side management; integrated resource planning; energy a...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-616  Technology Assessment
    Nature of technology; nature of technological changes; introduction to production theory; comparative advantage; net national value added; social cost benefit analysis, environmental impact statements; environmental economics; financial analysis usin...     Semester 1     12.50

    Restrictive Elective Subjects: a minimum of 25 points
    A further minimum of two subjects chosen from

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    421-602  Air Quality Control
    Sources of atmospheric pollutants; concentration and dispersion of pollutants; measurement of atmospheric pollutants; methods of prevention of production of pollutants; methods of control of emission of pollutants; sampling and analysis; monitoring p...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-697  Heating, Ventilation and Airconditioning
    Topics covered include applications of refrigeration and air conditioning, psychrometry and conditioning process, indoor air quality, heating and cooling load, air conditioning and distribution systems, pumps and piping systems, cooling and dehumidif...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-711  Solar Energy
    Nature and availability of solar energy; radiation estimations and measuring instruments; selected heat transfer topics; radiative properties and thermal transport properties of opaque materials and glazing; materials for solar energy utilisation; fl...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-670  Sustainable Buildings
    This subject provides a multi-disciplinary overview of the design of sustainable buildings and considers the design from an architectural, services engineering, facade engineering, environmental engineering and structural engineering, tenants and own...     Semester 2     12.50

    Elective Subjects: up to a maximum of 37.5 points
    to be chosen from the list of approved electives or other subjects with the approval of the Course Coordinator. A student is limited to a maximum of 25 points by research.
    Remaining four subjects to be chosen from the list of approved electives including but not limited to:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    421-505  Engineering Hydraulics
    Fluid statics and kinematics of fluid motion; Bernoulli's equation, application of physical laws in solving flow problems via control volumes (involving the conservation equations of mass and momentum, the energy equation); dynamic similitude, d...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-516  Hydraulics and Hydrology
    Energy momentum principles and their application to a variety of open channel flow problems, uniform flow; unsteady flow in open channels, including the long wave equations and flood propagation by diffusion and kinematic routing; steady gradually-va...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-519  Design of Environmental Systems
    In this subject, students develop and practice their capabilities of problem identification and finding solution for a broad range of practical problems they will encounter in their career. Typical problems may include irrigation and drainage design,...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-522  Environmental Engineering Design
    General issues relating to environmental engineering design including engineering design methodology; systems and optimisation; application of economic analysis; environmental and social considerations; sustainable development; environmental impact s...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-523  Occupational Health and Safety Basics
    An introduction to the key concepts of Occupational Health and Safety.     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    421-525  Field Data Acquisition and Analysis
    Environmental engineering practice frequently requires the observation of environmental conditions. This subject provides practical experience in taking environmental measurement and team-based learning in the design of monitoring and assessment prog...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-539  Geotechnical Applications
    Topics covered include shallow footings, bearing capacity solutions, settlement on sand and clays; Skempton-Bjerrum, Lambe and Davis Poulos methods, raft foundations, compensated foundations, expansive clays, soil improvement, deep foundations; capac...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-553  Engineering Systems Management (Masters)     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    421-580  Hydrological Processes 1
    This is a companion subject to Hydrological Processes 2. At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of undertaking quantitative analyses of physical processes related to surface hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on the application ...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-581  Hydrological Processes 2
    This is a companion subject to Hydrological Processes 1. At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of undertaking quantitative analyses of physical processes related to subsurface hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on the applicati...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-604  Environmental Management ISO 14000
    The history of EMS from Demming Wheel to ISO 14000 series; the elements of an EMS; Systems audit and review and gap analysis; Legal requirements, due diligence document control, liability and ISO 9000 review; Regulation, accreditation; Community cons...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-605  Managing Water Borne Risks
    Introduction to microbiology and biochemistry of liquid wastes and liquid-borne pollutants. Properties, sources and effects of such wastes and pollutants. Classification. Contamination of water and soil; water supply treatment; sewerage; avoidance, m...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-606  Solid Wastes to Sustainable Resources
    Lectures, syndicate work and excursions on the properties of solid wastes and pollutants, the categories and classes of solid wastes, municipal solid wastes, cleaner production, industrial wastes; disposal techniques.     Semester 1     12.50

    421-626  Design of Energy Systems
    Topics covered include: Design and selection of system components; concepts of system design; technical and economic feasibility; strength and limitation of ready made software; system modelling and simulation as design tools; design optimisation.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-627  Sustainable Water Resources Management
    The concept of water resources system; watersheds and river basins. Economic, environmental and social impacts of water resources development. Environmental planning process for control and mitigation of waterlogging and salinisation. Water resources...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-629  Energy Efficiency Technology
    Potential for improvements in energy efficiency in gasoline and diesel vehicle, oil refinery system; energy efficiency technologies for the manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors; demand side management; integrated resource planning; energy a...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-640  Water Supply and Waste Water Management
    Water supply for low-income rural and large urban communities; quality criteria; resource allocation; patterns of water usage; sources; extraction; storage and delivery methods; treatment processes; cost analysis, including cost recovery. Waste dispo...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-663  Engineering Project Management
    The unit aims to develop your skills as a project manager who is able to take an active leadership role in achieving these outcomes. Emphasis is on principles of management, project relationships, communication and risk management. Topical case studi...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-664  Project Delivery
    Estimating and tendering engineering construction works, including work breakdown structures, work method statements, risk identification and tendering principles; detailed study of contract documents for design and construction including various par...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-666  Management of Project Resources
    The project and construction manager; organisational structures; management of personnel; selection of consultants or contractors, communication processes; industrial relations; occupational health and safety; meetings; delegation and communication.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-667  Project Management Practices
    Advanced project management techniques focuses on specific tools and techniques used by project managers to control time, to structure work breakdown packages and to manage cost, quality and risk. Topical case studies are used to introduce key princi...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-668  Sustainable Irrigation System Management     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    421-681  Management for the Environment
    Lectures and syndicate work covering the following Topics: environment politics; environmental law and legislation, Regulation, variations between states, variations between Countries; environment economics; communication obligations and methods.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-711  Solar Energy
    Nature and availability of solar energy; radiation estimations and measuring instruments; selected heat transfer topics; radiative properties and thermal transport properties of opaque materials and glazing; materials for solar energy utilisation; fl...     Semester 1     12.50

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