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AMME5101: Energy and the Environment

2024 unit information

This unit is suitable for any engineering discipline student who is interested in developing an understanding of analysis and design in energy, power generation, environment and relevant economic issues. The aim is to acquaint students with the methods engineers use to design and evaluate the processes used for the conversion of energy into useful work. This course concentrates on thermal energy conversion. It also assesses and deals with the environmental consequences of energy conversion. At the end of this unit students will be able to critically analyse technical, economic and societal impacts of energy conversion systems. A series of topics, each containing a series of lectures, will be covered in relation to energy. The course content will include: The Status of Energy Today; Energy for Electricity Generation; Nuclear Energy; Energy for Transportation; Future Energy Usage.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic

Code AMME5101
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
MECH3260 or MECH9260 or MECH8260 or AERO3261 or AERO9261 or AERO8261
Assumed knowledge:
Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. work as an independent engineer through creative and analytical design, use of state-of-the-art engineering literature
  • LO2. communicate complex engineering ideas orally through in class discussions and in written form through report and essay writing
  • LO3. interact with peers to perform complementary work in teams
  • LO4. describe and quantify the environmental, economic and operational parameters related to thermal energy conversion systems
  • LO5. influence decision making through persuasive written reports that are evidence based
  • LO6. complete open-ended conceptual and preliminary design of energy conversion systems
  • LO7. analyse real-world energy systems through application of the theory of thermodynamics, heat transfer and energy conversion
  • LO8. perform required calculations to analyse open-ended engineering problems.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

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Additional advice

This unit requires departmental permission to ensure appropriate foundational knowledge is met. If the prerequisite unit/s were completed at the University of Sydney or if you are enrolled in the Master of Engineering, your request will be approved without supporting documentation being required. If you have completed studies at another institution, you must include your transcript when submitting your permission request for review by the Faculty.