Course Title: Photovoltaic Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photovoltaic Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
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 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof. Yasuhiro Tachibana

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6127

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge on theory, and working principles of conventional and emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The applications of such technologies in current and future sustainable energy systems, fundamentals of solar radiation and geometry, and materials used for photovoltaic cells will also be covered in this course. The state-of-the-art information provided by this course will enable you to conduct sustainability assessments on such systems by considering economic, environmental, and social criteria. 

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

4. Professional Practice

  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership
  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience

5. Research

  • Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • 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

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of engineering fundamentals of different types of photovoltaic systems.
  2. Investigate and analyse energy services employing photovoltaic systems.
  3. Design solar cells employing knowledge of solar cell materials and working principles.
  4. Design innovative energy solutions that use PV systems.
  5. Conduct research on photovoltaic systems.
  6. Contextualise solution design in relation to Environment, Social and Governance principles.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Assignments relating to the contents in the lectorials and recorded lectures
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory activities
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 4

Assessment Task 3: Presentation
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO 2, 4, 5, & 6

Assessment 4: Project proposal / Report
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 2, 4, 5, & 6