Photovoltaics & Solar Energy Engineering

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UAC Code: 
425200
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Oscar Wilkie

I loved presenting at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference on my exploration into the profitability of renewable energy generators in the electricity market of the future.

Oscar Wilkie

What's it all about?

■  Simply put, photovoltaic engineering uses solar radiation to create electricity. It studies the manufacture and use of solar cells, which capture and convert light from the sun to create electricity that can power virtually anything electrical. As a renewable and sustainable energy source, solar stocks are unlimited and a vital industry for humanity's future.

What does it include?

■  The program includes courses in technology development, manufacturing, quality control, reliability, cell interconnection and encapsulation, policy development, life-cycle analysis, system design and more. To get you ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industrial training.

Where will you work?

■  This program has been established in response to the rapid growth in the industry with an increased need for specialised photovoltaics engineers. You could work with the manufactures of solar cells, research organisations, system design and integration companies, energy utilities and communication companies. Your career could take you to a number of exciting places.

Double degrees

■  Double degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our double degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Year 1

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
COMP1911Computing 1AThis course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersThis course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PHYS1221Physics 1BThis is the second physics course. If you did PHYS1121 in S1, you need to have scored a mark of at least 65 to do the higher course PHYS1231.
PHYS1231Higher Physics 1BThis is the second physics course. If you did PHYS1121 in S1, you need to have scored a mark of at least 65 to do the higher course PHYS1231.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EThis course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.
SOLA2060Introduction to Electronic DevicesA course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
SOLA2540Applied PVIn this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2089Numerical Methods and StatsPrerequisite: MATH1231/41. Students enrolled in a Mathematics Dual Degree must take MATH2301 and MATH2801 instead of MATH2089.
MATS1101Engineering Materials and Chemistry 
SOLA2051Project in PV and SE 1The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
SOLA2052Project in PV and SE 2The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
SOLA3507Solar CellsThis is a cornerstone course of PV. Solar cell design and operation is studied in detail. Prereqs: ENGG1300 and MATH2019.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read MoreElectiveElective options in link.
SOLA3020PV Technology & ManufacturingA highly up- to- date course that covers current industry manufacturing processes for silicon solar cells.
SOLA3010Low Energy Buildings and PVA course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4122Strategic Leadership and EthicsStudents study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5057Energy EfficiencyYou will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
SOLA4951Research Thesis A 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
SOLA4012Grid Connect PV SystemsTeaches students the fundamentals and technical details of grid- connected PV system design and installation.
SOLA4952Research Thesis B 

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
SOLA4953Research Thesis C 

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PHYS1221Physics 1BThis is the second physics course. If you did PHYS1121 in S1, you need to have scored a mark of at least 65 to do the higher course PHYS1231.
PHYS1231Higher Physics 1BThis is the second physics course. If you did PHYS1121 in S1, you need to have scored a mark of at least 65 to do the higher course PHYS1231.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
COMP1911Computing 1AThis course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersThis course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2089Numerical Methods and StatsPrerequisite: MATH1231/41. Students enrolled in a Mathematics Dual Degree must take MATH2301 and MATH2801 instead of MATH2089.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
MATS1101Engineering Materials and Chemistry 
Read MoreStrand ElectiveStrand Elective options in link.

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA2060Introduction to Electronic DevicesA course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
SOLA2540Applied PVIn this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EThis course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA3020PV Technology & ManufacturingA highly up- to- date course that covers current industry manufacturing processes for silicon solar cells.
SOLA2051Project in PV and SE 1The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.
SOLA3010Low Energy Buildings and PVA course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA2052Project in PV and SE 2The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
Read moreDiscipline ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreStrand ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
SOLA3507Solar CellsThis is a cornerstone course of PV. Solar cell design and operation is studied in detail. Prereqs: ENGG1300 and MATH2019.
Read moreDiscipline ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreStrand ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
SOLA4951Research Thesis A 
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 5

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4122Strategic Leadership and EthicsStudents study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5057Energy EfficiencyYou will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
SOLA4952Research Thesis B 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA4012Grid Connect PV SystemsTeaches students the fundamentals and technical details of grid- connected PV system design and installation.
SOLA4953Research Thesis C 
Read moreDiscipline ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.