Course Title: Wind and Hydro Power

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wind and Hydro Power

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Sherman C.P. Cheung

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4353

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with a technically advanced and in-depth coverage of wind power and water power (i.e. hydro, wave, and tidal) technologies. You are recommended to take this course if you wish to specialise in this area. 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. Use of specialist analytical techniques such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) will also be included where appropriate.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631 )


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
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.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2 Engineering Application Ability
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.4. Professional use and management of information.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Describe, understand, and analyse energy production systems employing wind and hydro power technologies
2. Comprehend and apply, at an advanced level, the engineering fundamentals of wind and hydro power systems
3. Use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods and specialist tools to design and analyse wind and hydro power systems
4. Critically review wind and hydro power system proposals, designs, and/or R&D activities

Overview of Learning Activities

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:
• Attending the lectures covering the fundamental and practical aspects of wind and hydro power systems
• Participating in class and/or online discussions
• Attending the possible site visits to and demonstrations of working wind and hydro power facilities and installations
• Solving typical problems relating to wind and hydro power systems
• Applying specialist analytical tools (e.g. for CFD analysis)
• Participating in industrial activity (e.g. case study) conducted by industry experts

Overview of Learning Resources

Guidance on resource material will be available online through the MyRMIT Blackboard. These resources include, prescribed text books, journal papers, and internet resources, as well as lecture notes and other material provided through the MyRMIT Blackboard and mainly available through the RMIT website/library

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).

The learning outcomes of this course are assessed by a combination of:

Assessment item:  Written assignments
Weighting of final grade:  45% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3
Description:  Written reports or assignments for the assigned problems

Assessment item:  Test
Weighting of final grade:  15% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1,2
Description:  Mid-term test on the concepts, theories and fundamentals covered in the lectures.

Assessment item:  Final exam
Weighting of final grade:  40% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 3
Description:  The final exam is an assessment of your understanding of fundamental theories in fluid dynamics and computational technique.