Renewable Energy Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425200
93
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 ENGG1811 is the preferred computing course for the AERO, MANFBH, streams. This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students can enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge: Student has achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 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 course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students 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.
Read more 1st Year Engineering Elective Recommendations for each degree in link.
Read more 1st Year Engineering Elective Recommendations for each degree in link.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Choose one of the following options: MATS1101 followed by CEIC1001. CHEM1011 followed by CHEM1021 or CHEM1041. CHEM1031 followed by CHEM1041 or CHEM1021.
SOLA2051 Project in PV and SE 1 The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices A course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisites: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. MATH2018 is an alternative. BE/BSc students taking the Mathematics Major need to replace MATH2019 with MATH2011 & MATH2121. Students undertaking the Physics Major are required to replace MATH2019 with MATH2069 & MATH2121.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA2052 Project in PV and SE 2 The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.
SOLA2540 Applied PV In this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.
MMAN2600 Fluid Mechanics This course is only offered in Semester 2. It is a prerequisite for AERO3630 and AERO3660.
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112. BE/BSc students taking the Mathematics Major need to replace MATH2089 with MATH2301 & MATH2801. Offered all year round.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters A course about wind turbine technology and large scale wind energy plant design. It involves a large group project.
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency You will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design A course about solar thermal energy conversion in hot water systems in electricity generation.
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics This course is only offered in Semester 1. Dual Degree students may find it beneficial to move this course to the following year.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV A course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses. Prereq: SOLA2540
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids This is another mechanical engineering course which teaches you about heat flow mechanisms and relates to MMAN2700, MMAN2600 and MECH9720.
Read more General Education Elective You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty
Read more General Education Elective You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty

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 You will learn about current policies to do with renewable energy.
SOLA5052 Biomass A course about energy conversions from biomass (plant matter, organic waste, agricultural residue etc).
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4911 Thesis B A continuation from Thesis A.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment Here you learn to assess a product's environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. You learn techniques of comparison of different product alternatives.
Read more Professional Elective Recommendations for each degree in link. Bioinformatics students must take level 4+ COMP Professional Electives.

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 ENGG1811 is the preferred computing course for the AERO, MANFBH, streams. This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students can enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge: Student has achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 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 course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students 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.
Read more 1st Year Engineering Elective Recommendations for each degree in link.
Read more 1st Year Engineering Elective Recommendations for each degree in link.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Choose one of the following options: MATS1101 followed by CEIC1001. CHEM1011 followed by CHEM1021 or CHEM1041. CHEM1031 followed by CHEM1041 or CHEM1021.
SOLA2051 Project in PV and SE 1 The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices A course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisites: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. MATH2018 is an alternative. BE/BSc students taking the Mathematics Major need to replace MATH2019 with MATH2011 & MATH2121. Students undertaking the Physics Major are required to replace MATH2019 with MATH2069 & MATH2121.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA2052 Project in PV and SE 2 The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.
SOLA2540 Applied PV In this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.
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 & Financial Management 1A 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 A course about wind turbine technology and large scale wind energy plant design. It involves a large group project.
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency You will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MGMT1001 Managing Organisations and People
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV A course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses. Prereq: SOLA2540
MMAN2600 Fluid Mechanics This course is only offered in Semester 2. It is a prerequisite for AERO3630 and AERO3660.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design A course about solar thermal energy conversion in hot water systems in electricity generation.
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics This course is only offered in Semester 1. Dual Degree students may find it beneficial to move this course to the following year.
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids This is another mechanical engineering course which teaches you about heat flow mechanisms and relates to MMAN2700, MMAN2600 and MECH9720.
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112. BE/BSc students taking the Mathematics Major need to replace MATH2089 with MATH2301 & MATH2801. Offered all year round.
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link

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 You will learn about current policies to do with renewable energy.
SOLA5052 Biomass A course about energy conversions from biomass (plant matter, organic waste, agricultural residue etc).
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4911 Thesis B A continuation from Thesis A.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment Here you learn to assess a product's environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. You learn techniques of comparison of different product alternatives.
Read more Commerce Stream Elective For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click the link

Semester 1

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

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 ENGG1811 is the preferred computing course for the AERO, MANFBH, streams. This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students can enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge: Student has achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 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 course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students 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.
Read more 1st Year Engineering Elective Recommendations for each degree in link.
Read more 1st Year Engineering Elective Recommendations for each degree in link.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers. Choose one of the following options: MATS1101 followed by CEIC1001. CHEM1011 followed by CHEM1021 or CHEM1041. CHEM1031 followed by CHEM1041 or CHEM1021.
SOLA2051 Project in PV and SE 1 The first half of the year long group project gives PV students their first hands on experience with characterisation and module fabrication of solar cells.
SOLA2060 Introduction to Electronic Devices A course which teaches you the electrical engineering perspective on different electronic devices and their importance and uses.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E Prerequisites: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. MATH2018 is an alternative. BE/BSc students taking the Mathematics Major need to replace MATH2019 with MATH2011 & MATH2121. Students undertaking the Physics Major are required to replace MATH2019 with MATH2069 & MATH2121.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA2052 Project in PV and SE 2 The second half of the project involves design and construction of power electronics required to make the best use of solar energy.
SOLA2540 Applied PV In this course you learn about photovaoltaic panels and system deisgn for solar systems.
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA5053 Wind Energy Converters A course about wind turbine technology and large scale wind energy plant design. It involves a large group project.
SOLA5057 Energy Efficiency You will learn about energy inefficiencies around us and methods of improvement.
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and PV A course which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design of buildings and houses. Prereq: SOLA2540
MECH3610 Advanced Thermofluids This is another mechanical engineering course which teaches you about heat flow mechanisms and relates to MMAN2700, MMAN2600 and MECH9720.
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design A course about solar thermal energy conversion in hot water systems in electricity generation.
MMAN2700 Thermodynamics This course is only offered in Semester 1. Dual Degree students may find it beneficial to move this course to the following year.
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MMAN2600 Fluid Mechanics This course is only offered in Semester 2. It is a prerequisite for AERO3630 and AERO3660.
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112. BE/BSc students taking the Mathematics Major need to replace MATH2089 with MATH2301 & MATH2801. Offered all year round.
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

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 You will learn about current policies to do with renewable energy.
SOLA5052 Biomass A course about energy conversions from biomass (plant matter, organic waste, agricultural residue etc).
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
SOLA4911 Thesis B A continuation from Thesis A.
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
SOLA5051 Life Cycle Assessment Here you learn to assess a product's environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. You learn techniques of comparison of different product alternatives.
Read more Science Stream Elective Please read the UNSW handbook for further information on selecting courses

* 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.