Renewable Energy Engineering

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

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
SOLA2052 Project in PV and RE 2
SOLA2540 Applied PV
MMAN2600 Fluid Mechanics
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids
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.
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.
SOLA5050 Renewable Energy Policy and International Programs
SOLA5052 Biomass
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
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment
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
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MGMT1001 Managing Organisations & People
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SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV
MMAN2600 Fluid Mechanics

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics
Read more Commerce Major This course is offered in Semester 2 only and does not have any prerequisites. This course is a prerequisite for NAVL4120.
Read more Commerce Major This course is only offered in Semester 2. It is a prerequisite for MMAN4010.

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.
SOLA5050 Renewable Energy Policy and International Programs
SOLA5052 Biomass
Read more Commerce Major For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link

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
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment
Read more Commerce Major For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link

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
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook
Read more Science Course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MMAN2600 Fluid Mechanics
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics
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.
SOLA5050 Renewable Energy Policy and International Programs
SOLA5052 Biomass
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

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
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment
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.