Course Title: Sustainable Energy Policy and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Energy Policy and Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1269

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Alan Pears

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2885

Course Coordinator Email:alan.pears@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: bldg 8 level 7 rm 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment (Thrusday and Fridays)


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

To explore:

  • the roles of energy in social and economic development
  • the environmental impacts of energy supply and use
  • patterns and trends in energy supply and use
  • energy policies and policies influencing energy supply and use at the national, state and local levels
  • scenarios of future energy supply and demand and evaluation of their consistency with principles of ecological sustainability
     

To develop skills in:

  • Evaluation of energy use patterns in homes and business
  • Assessment and analysis of effectiveness of policies and strategies
  • Use of case studies as a basis for development of policy
  • Research, presentations and writing
     


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course aims to develop:

  • an understanding of the key concepts, principles and issues relating to development of sustainable energy
  • experience in finding, analysing and using relevant resources relating to sustainable energy issues
  • capacity to present clearly, effectively and quickly information relating to an aspect of sustainable energy
  • capacity to develop and implement sustainable energy strategies within organisations

This will involve exploration of:

  • the roles of energy in social and economic development 
  • the environmental impacts of energy supply and use 
  • patterns and trends in energy supply and use 
  • energy policies and policies influencing energy supply and use at the national, state and local levels 
  • scenarios of future energy supply and demand and evaluation of their consistency with principles of ecological sustainability


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate energy use patterns in homes and business
  • Assess and analyse effectiveness of policies and strategies
  • Use case studies as a basis for development of policy
  • Carry out research, make presentations and write documents on energy issues 


Overview of Learning Activities

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations of computer models and analytical tools
  • Interactive seminars and tutorials
  • Discussion with staff and fellow students
  • Preparation and presentation of short seminar paper
  • Research including library searches, internet searches
  • Preparation of essay


Overview of Learning Resources

A Weekly Readings pack with relevant papers and information will be provided. Additional references and resources are listed in Part B course guide, and in the Reading Pack.
 


Overview of Assessment

  • Present a short seminar
  • Submit an essay
  • Participate in class discussions and ask questions