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Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation

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Overview

Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

Energy modelling and implementation for buildings has become an important area in the light of growing concerns about climate change, energy security and the general need to adopt more sustainable practices. Despite the obvious need for people with such knowledge, there is a severe shortage of people that are trained in energy modelling who have the capacity to interpret the modelling results to effective practice. The realms of energy knowledge required include heating and cooling requirements, as well as use of day lighting and natural lighting. These skills are crucial to being able to reduce the risk in the integration of innovative sustainability initiatives, this risk reduction centres on assurances of performance and delivery of desired sustainability outcomes.

Energy modelling is a key tool for the development and adoption of energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. This course develops the skills of complex modelling informed by an understanding of the results ensuring the graduate has the ability to both interpret and communicate outcomes effectively. Units of study include a mix of building management, architecture, engineering, management, and education and communication subjects.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon successful completion of the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major, students will be able to:

  • Work in multi-disciplinary groups;
  • Understand the outcome of modelling and be able to both communicate and integrate them into project development and management;
  • Use results as part of business case development; and
  • Carry out the modelling or interpret the modelling of complex building with innovative environmental initiatives from passive design, complex facades, natural lighting and heating and cooling systems.

Structure

200 credit points

Students will be required to complete two subjects core to the degree (Sustainability, Governance and Leadership, and Interdisciplinarity and Environment), and four subjects compulsory to the specialisation. Students in the 200 point pathway willapply this knowledge to a project including research of alternative retrofit options, testing, analysis and scholarly writing of the results. This research or internship project subject will be selected from a list of available research project subjects and must have a minimum weight of 12.5 points. Students in the 100 point pathway will not normally be required to complete this component. Students choose subjects from a recommended list of electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation major coordinators. More information about this stream can be found here:

http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/study/specialisations/energy-efficiency-modelling-and-implementation

Subject Options

Core Subjects

Students must take the following core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
July
12.5
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Specialisation Subjects

Students must complete the following compulsory specialisation subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENEN90011 Energy Efficiency Technology
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90033 Solar Energy
Semester 1
12.5
ABPL90153 Complex Building Energy Modelling
June
12.5
ABPL90086 Environmental Systems
Semester 1
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Experience

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point research project that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the Part 1 and Part 2 subjects over consecutive semesters. Students completing the 100 point pathway will normally be exempt from this requirement.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90035 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90036 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90037 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90038 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
ENST90039 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90040 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90041 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90042 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt2
January
July
25

Elective Subjects

Students should make up the balance of the award with electives. Subjects in the list below are recommended. Other subjects may be taken with the approval of stream coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ABPL90009 Participation and Negotiation
July
December
12.5
ABPL90032 Building Services and Operations
Semester 1
12.5
ABPL90283 Performative Ecologies
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90014 Sustainable Buildings
September
12.5
ENEN90031 Quantitative Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
ENEN90032 Environmental Analysis Tools
Semester 2
12.5
ABPL90016 Asset Management
Semester 1
12.5
ABPL90030 Project Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90009 Development Theories
Semester 1
12.5
ECON90016 Environmental Economics and Strategy
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90017 Environmental Policy Instruments
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90034 Ecological Restoration
September
12.5
LAWS70068 Environmental Law
September
12.5
MAST90007 Statistics for Research Workers
Winter Term
12.5
MGMT90022 Managing Organisational Change
March
12.5
NRMT90003 Social Research Methods
Semester 1
12.5
ABPL90056 Sustainable Transport and Public Policy
September
12.5
ABPL90309 Supply Chains in Construction
Semester 1
12.5
ABPL90310 Construction Industry and Environment Not available in 2017 12.5
ABPL90326 Technological Innovation Not available in 2017 12.5
HORT90046 Designing Green Roofs and Walls
September
12.5
ABPL90152 Sustainable Tropical Housing Not available in 2017 12.5
ABPL90153 Complex Building Energy Modelling
June
12.5
ENEN90011 Energy Efficiency Technology
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90033 Solar Energy
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70002 Environmental Industry Research: 50 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90024 Environmental Research Project - 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026 Environmental Industry Research: 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ABPL90120 Building Sustainability
September
12.5
ABPL90329 Construction Policy Not available in 2017 12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT90030 Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90033 Climate Change Mitigation
Semester 1
12.5

Notes

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinators.

Links

http://www.environment.unimelb.edu.au/
Last updated: 19 October 2018