Course Title: Energy and Earth's Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Energy and Earth's Environment

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PHYS2066

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

PHYS2066

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

PHYS2119

Open Learning Australia

Non Award

171H School of Science

Distance / Correspondence

OUASP3UG17

PHYS2129

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

PHYS2129

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Gary Bryant

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2139

Course Coordinator Email: gary.bryant@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 14.7.6

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No prior experience in physics is required for this course, although basic mathematical ability in algebra is expected (at year 12 level or basic first year university level).


Course Description

 This course is intended to provide a deep understanding of the issues of energy production, transmission and usage. The processes of energy production and consumption will be discussed qualitatively and quantitatively, informed by a working knowledge of the physical principles governing the transformation of energy from one form to another.


 The course comprises the following components:

 

  • Introduction to Energy Requirements and Usage - covers societal factors influencing the demand for energy and an overview of fossil fuels.
  • Introduction to Energy Concepts - covers a range of relevant physics needed for the understanding of the other topics, including force & motion, work & energy, temperature & heat, fluids and basic electricity.
  • Methods of Energy Production - provides an overview of a broad range of alternative and renewable methods of energy production. This section includes discussion of the science behind solar, wind, wave, tidal, geothermal, biomass, hydro and nuclear energy sources.
  • Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Fuel Cells.
  • Introduction to atmospheric physics and the greenhouse effect.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering programs such as BH080 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours) BH096 Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours) and BP161 Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Business (Management).

1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

2.1 demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of Earth system processes, especially in the hydrosphere, ecosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere; and depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Environmental Chemistry and/or Environmental Biology;

2.2 describe how environmental science has interdisciplinary connections with other sciences.

3.1 gather, synthesize and critically evaluate environmental information from a range of sources;

3.3 You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science by selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques with technical competence in conducting field, laboratory-based, or virtual experiments

3.4 You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science by collecting, accurately recording, interpreting, and drawing conclusions from scientific data

4.1. You will be able to communicate environmental science results, information, or arguments effectively using a range of modes (oral, written, visual) to different audiences.

5.1. You will be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in environmental science by being an independent and self-directed learner

5.2. You will be accountable for your  individual learning and scientific work in environmental science by working effectively, responsibly, ethically, and safely in an individual or team context

 


On successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. define, specify suitable units for, and state the relationships between basic physical quantities such as force, work, energy, temperature (developing the knowledge capability dimension)
  2. explain the physical principles governing energy transformations using correct terminology
  3. demonstrate knowledge of where energy is currently used and how it may be used efficiently
  4. perform quantitative calculations to assess efficiency of traditional and alternative means of energy production
  5. demonstrate how even simple atmospheric models can qualitatively and semi-quantitatively reveal the greenhouse effect 
Pleases note that postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and skills at postgraduate level.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn by:

  • attendance at lectures where the syllabus content will be introduced and student interaction with the material will be encouraged and directed (developing the knowledge capability dimension);
  • participation in class discussion, where principles and concepts will be explored (developing the knowledge capability);
  • undertaking set problems and exercises to develop familiarity with numerical calculations, and application of concepts to the solution of abstract problems (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities).
  • undertaking a number of online quizes and tests, for feedback and assessment of their progress (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities);
  • self-directed exploration of lecture material, texts, online and library resources;
  • viewing demonstrations, videos or simulations of relevant physical scenarios to clarify analysis of them (developing the technical and critical analysis and problem solving capabilities);
  • prepare for and undertake class tests to assess your knowledge

For the postgraduate version of this course you will also learn by conducting a research project and writing a report on a relevant energy technology or concept (developing technical and critical analysis and knowledge capacity, developing written communication skills)

Total Study Hours

A total of 120 study hours is expected, comprising:

Teacher-guided activities (24 hours): lectures

Learner-directed activities (96 hours): You are expected to study independently managing your own learning progress.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

.Many good references are available in the Library on the topics covered at this level. Particulars will be given out at the start of the course. You should access lecture notes, course information and assorted learning materials through myRMIT.


Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

 Assessment tasks 

PHYS2066 Undergraduate

Assessment Task 1: 11 Online Tests (60%)

5 online tests support CLOs 1-3

5 online tests support CLOs 4

1 online test supports CLOs 5

Online tests are collectively worth 60%

Assessment Task 2: Class Test (40%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

 

PHYS2129 Postgraduate

Assessment Task 1: 11 Online Tests (40%)

5 online tests support CLOs 1-3

5 online tests support CLOs 4

1 online test supports CLOs 5

Online tests are collectively worth 40%

Assessment Task 2: Class Test (30%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Assessment Task 3: Major Assignment (30%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1-5

Postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and skills at postgraduate level.