Course Title: Energy Efficiency and Demand Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Energy Efficiency and Demand Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Hamid Khayyam

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4630

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.02.034

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with a practical understanding of the energy efficiency measures which can be implemented by large and medium industrial and commercial energy users, and domestic users. It will cover energy technologies including lighting, air conditioning, compressed air, steam, hot water, chilled water and a number of process specific technologies.

You will learn how energy efficiency is measured, how energy efficiency projects are identified and how they are implemented. You will also gain an understanding of the social, financial and technological constraints that limit the real world application of energy efficiency technologies.

This course will give you the opportunity to visit a large industrial/commercial energy user and conduct an energy audit. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes of the Master of Engineering:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

3. Analysis

  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice

  • Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research

  • Demonstrate professional use and management of information.
  • Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of energy efficiency technologies in a range of contexts
  2. Select energy efficiency solutions, taking into consideration the impact of relevant government programs and regulations
  3. Perform an energy audit
  4. Analyse energy systems from a supply and demand perspective, applying fundamental knowledge of engineering (and in particular physics of energy)
  5. Develop innovative energy efficiency solutions and demand management strategies by analysing economic, social, environmental and technological constrains that limit your proposal.
  6. Present, in writing, energy efficiency and demand management projects
  7. Provide constructive comments on energy efficiency and demand management projects and proposals

Overview of Learning Activities

The educational philosophy of this course is based on the principles of adult learning. You will be studying in internal mode, which entails taking part in a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops. The principal learning activities will be:

  • Viewing pre-recorded lectures and seminars
  • Giving seminars
  • Participating in class and online discussions on quantifying energy efficiency, identifying and implementing energy efficiency measures
  • Attending the site visit to a large energy user
  • Conducting energy audits
  • Solving set of problems relating to the implementation of energy efficiency measures
  • Reading and critically analysing key literature and other resources
  • Preparing energy audit reports
  • Presentation on industry energy audit
  • Providing constructive feedback on others’ ideas and reports



Overview of Learning Resources

A list of key references and sources will be provided through the course page within RMIT’s Learning Management System (LMS). Links will be provided to reading material and data sources related to each weeks lecture material. Powerpoint presentations of each lecture will also be made available via the LMS page.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

A list of assessment tasks for the course are below. Specific details about the assessments are provided in the course guide Part B and via the learning management system. 

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Essential Skill Quizzes (Individual)
Weighting of final grade: 10%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Description: Various small quizzes spaced throughout the semester which cover the essential skills and capabilities of engineers working in the energy efficiency sector. 

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester Test (Individual)
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4, & 5
Description: An assignment requiring students to explore particular areas of the energy efficiency field in detail. 

Assessment Task 3: Energy Audit (Group Exercise)
Weighting of final grade: 50%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Description: Students undertake a large energy audit under the supervision and mentorship of industry experts. 

Assessment Task 4: Commercial Building Energy Audit Presentation (Group)
Weighting of final grade: 10%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Description: Students present the findings of their audit to their 'client', peers and mentors.