Photovoltaics & Solar Energy Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425200
GE
92
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Sem 2 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.

Dual degrees

■  Dual 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 dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers COMP1911 is an acceptable substitution for ENGG1811.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1221 Physics 1B This 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.
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course.
MATH1231 Maths 1B
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take ELEC1111 as a Year 1 elective course.
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take SOLA1070 as a Year 1 elective course.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chem
SOLA2051 Project in PV and RE 1
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices
MATH2019 Engineering Maths 2E

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA2053 Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technologies
SOLA2052 Project in PV and RE 2
SOLA2540 Applied PV
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3507 Solar Cells
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more General Education Students should select General Education courses from outside the Faculty of Engineering and in disciplines that are not available in their program as core courses. For more information: https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/bachelor-program-rules.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV
SOLA3020 PV Technology & Manufacturing
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more General Education Students should select General Education courses from outside the Faculty of Engineering and in disciplines that are not available in their program as core courses. For more information: https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/bachelor-program-rules.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4910 Thesis A Can be taken in S1 or S2 but must be taken before Thesis B. It is your year long research project of your choosing.
SOLA4012 Grid Connect PV Systems
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4911 Thesis B A continuation from Thesis A, Thesis A and B should be taken in consecutive semesters.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics
SOLA5054 PV Stand-Alone System Design & Installation
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers COMP1911 is an acceptable substitution for ENGG1811.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1221 Physics 1B This 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.
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course.
MATH1231 Maths 1B
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take ELEC1111 as a Year 1 elective course.
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take SOLA1070 as a Year 1 elective course.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chem
SOLA2051 Project in PV and RE 1
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA2052 Project in PV and RE 2
SOLA2540 Applied PV
ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 In order to understand the workings of markets and the economy, one has to take on an 'economic mindset'. This introductory course covers the fundamental principles that economists use to understand and analyse economic behaviour.
ACCT1501 Accounting and financial management This unit should benefit students who wish to specialise in accounting, and will also be of value to students whose primary interest lies elsewhere in the field of business.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MGMT1001 Managing Organisations & People
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
SOLA2053 Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technologies
SOLA3020 PV Technology & Manufacturing

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4012 Grid Connect PV Systems
SOLA5054 PV Stand-Alone System Design & Installation
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Major

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.
Read more Commerce Major
Read more Commerce Major

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4910 Thesis A Can be taken in S1 or S2 but must be taken before Thesis B. It is your year long research project of your choosing.
Read more Commerce Major For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.
Read more Commerce Major

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4911 Thesis B A continuation from Thesis A, Thesis A and B should be taken in consecutive semesters.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics
Read more Strand Elective Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course
Read more Commerce Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers COMP1911 is an acceptable substitution for ENGG1811.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1221 Physics 1B This 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.
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This is the second of the two introductory courses in Physics. It is a calculus based course.
MATH1231 Maths 1B
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take ELEC1111 as a Year 1 elective course.
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take SOLA1070 as a Year 1 elective course.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chem
SOLA2051 Project in PV and RE 1
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA2052 Project in PV and RE 2
SOLA2540 Applied PV
SOLA2053 Sustainable and Renewable Energy Technologies
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3507 Solar Cells
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV
SOLA3020 PV Technology & Manufacturing
Read more Strand Electives Strand electives allow PV students to choose an area of interest from another engineering discipline and broaden their knowledge by taking three courses from this school.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4012 Grid Connect PV Systems
SOLA5054 PV Stand-Alone System Design & Installation
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.
Read more Discipline Elective Choose from a range of courses within renewable energy and photovoltaics engineering to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4910 Thesis A Can be taken in S1 or S2 but must be taken before Thesis B. It is your year long research project of your choosing.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course
Read more Science Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4911 Thesis B A continuation from Thesis A, Thesis A and B should be taken in consecutive semesters.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

* 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.