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Non-Renewable Energy (ENGR90030)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENGR90030
Semester 2
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This subject examines in detail the main forms of non-renewable energy and their uses, including:

  • The composition and origin of coal, oil, natural gas and uranium
  • The performance of coal, gas, liquid fuel and nuclear power generation
  • The performance of power plants featuring steam turbines, gas turbines and reciprocating engines.

Intended learning outcomes


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain what determines the performance of different energy technologies
  2. Explain why different non-renewable, primary energies have different economic, social and environmental costs and benefits
  3. Estimate the potential role of different non-renewable energies and energy technologies in a sustainable energy system.

Generic skills

Having completed this unit the student should have:

• The ability to apply scientific fundamentals
• The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
• The ability to use a systems approach to analysis operational performance
• The ability to communicate effectively with the community at large
• An understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of a professional, and the need for sustainable development.

Last updated: 22 August 2019