Renewable Energy Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425200
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Jack Blackwell

Being President of the Renewable Energy Society (RESOC) has been great fun and very fulfilling. It is fantastic to have something in which to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom.

Jack Blackwell

What's it all about?

■  This degree explores the best ways to make use of renewable energy technologies, including solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind and biomass. It borrows much of its structure from other areas of engineering, drawing resources from all around UNSW into a coherent degree supporting learning for this growing industry.

What does it include?

■  About half of what you study in this degree is common with Photovoltaics & Solar Energy, but it looks beyond the sun as a source of energy, encompassing a wider range of technologies and their uses. It also addresses the important areas of solar architecture and the design of energy efficient buildings and appliances. To get you work ready, you'll apply your skills through 60-days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  This career is becoming increasingly popular as our global awareness of sustainability improves. You could work in a wide range of companies, designing, installing and operating renewable energy generating systems such as wind, solar, biomass or hydro systems. You could also work on designing and constructing energy efficient buildings.

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
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.
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.
MATS1101Engineering Materials and Chemistry 

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
PHYS1221Electrical & Telecommunications EngineeringThis course also appears on the Faculty First Year Elective list. As a student of UNSW Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, you have the opportunity to take a Discipline Elective in place of a Faculty First Year Elective because this is a core course.
PHYS1231Electrical & Telecommunications EngineeringThis course also appears on the Faculty First Year Elective list. As a student of UNSW Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, you have the opportunity to take a Discipline Elective in place of a Faculty First Year Elective because this is a core course.
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.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EThis course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Physics Dual Degree must take MATH2121 and MATH2069 instead of MATH2019. Students enrolled in a Mathematics Dual Degree
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.
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.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

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.
SOLA5051Life Cycle AssessmentHere you learn to assess a product's environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. You learn techniques of comparison of different product alternatives.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MMAN2700Thermodynamics 
SOLA5050Renewable Energy Policy and International ProgramsYou will learn about current policies to do with renewable energy.
SOLA5053Wind Energy ConvertersA course about wind turbine technology and large scale wind energy plant design. It involves a large group project.

 

Term 2

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.
SOLA3010Low Energy Buildings and PVA course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG2500Fluid MechanicsThis course is a prerequisite for AERO3630 and AERO3660.
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
MECH3610Advanced ThermofluidsThis is another mechanical engineering course which teaches you about heat flow mechanisms and relates to MMAN2700, MMAN2600 and MECH9720.
MECH9720Solar Thermal Energy DesignA course about solar thermal energy conversion in hot water systems in electricity generation.
SOLA4952Research Thesis B 

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA5052BiomassA course about energy conversions from biomass (plant matter, organic waste, agricultural residue etc).
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
PHYS1221Electrical & Telecommunications EngineeringThis course also appears on the Faculty First Year Elective list. As a student of UNSW Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, you have the opportunity to take a Discipline Elective in place of a Faculty First Year Elective because this is a core course.
PHYS1231Electrical & Telecommunications EngineeringThis course also appears on the Faculty First Year Elective list. As a student of UNSW Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, you have the opportunity to take a Discipline Elective in place of a Faculty First Year Elective because this is a core course.
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
MATS1101Engineering Materials and Chemistry 
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.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG2500Fluid MechanicsThis course is a prerequisite for AERO3630 and AERO3660.
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EThis course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Physics Dual Degree must take MATH2121 and MATH2069 instead of MATH2019. Students enrolled in a Mathematics Dual Degree
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

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.
MMAN2700Thermodynamics 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MECH3610Advanced ThermofluidsThis is another mechanical engineering course which teaches you about heat flow mechanisms and relates to MMAN2700, MMAN2600 and MECH9720.
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.
SOLA5051Life Cycle AssessmentHere you learn to assess a product's environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. You learn techniques of comparison of different product alternatives.
SOLA5052BiomassA course about energy conversions from biomass (plant matter, organic waste, agricultural residue etc).

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
SOLA5050Renewable Energy Policy and International ProgramsYou will learn about current policies to do with renewable energy.
SOLA5053Wind Energy ConvertersA course about wind turbine technology and large scale wind energy plant design. It involves a large group project.
Read moreElectiveVisit 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 moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
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
MECH9720Solar Thermal Energy DesignA course about solar thermal energy conversion in hot water systems in electricity generation.
SOLA4953Research Thesis C 
Read moreElectiveVisit 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.

Last updated 29/8/19