Energy and the Environment Engineering Major

Overview

The provision of reliable and affordable energy in an environmentally sustainable manner is one of the most significant engineering challenges of the twenty-first century. A Major in Energy and the Environment will provide you with the skills necessary to embark on a career in this important and exciting field. You will develop the skills required to design efficient energy generation and conversion systems and to assess and quantify the environmental impacts of these systems.

This major is best aligned with the Mechanical stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Energy and the Environment

Achievement of a major in Energy and the Environment requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units
(iii) 18 credit points of project units
(iv) 6 credit points of 5000-level core units
(v) 6 credit points of 5000-level selective units

Units of Study

1000-level units of study
Core units
MATH1021
Calculus Of One Variable
3    A HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
N MATH1011 or MATH1901 or MATH1906 or ENVX1001 or MATH1001 or MATH1921 or MATH1931
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
MATH1002
Linear Algebra
3    A HSC Mathematics or MATH1111. Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Mathematics Bridging Course (offered in February).
N MATH1012 or MATH1014 or MATH1902
Intensive January
Semester 1
MATH1023
Multivariable Calculus and Modelling
3    A Knowledge of complex numbers and methods of differential and integral calculus including integration by partial fractions and integration by parts as for example in MATH1021 or MATH1921 or MATH1931 or HSC Mathematics Extension 2
N MATH1013 or MATH1903 or MATH1907 or MATH1003 or MATH1923 or MATH1933
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
MATH1005
Statistical Thinking with Data
3    A HSC Mathematics. Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Mathematics Bridging Course (offered in February).
N MATH1015 or MATH1905 or STAT1021 or ECMT1010 or ENVX1001 or ENVX1002 or BUSS1020 or DATA1001 or DATA1901
Intensive January
Semester 1
Semester 2
3000-level units of study
Selective units
AERO3261
Propulsion
6    A Good knowledge of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics
P AMME2200 or (AMME2261 and AMME2262)
Semester 1
MECH3260
Thermal Engineering 2
6    A Fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics are needed to begin this more advanced course
P AMME2200 OR AMME2262.
Semester 2
4000-level units of study
Project units
AMME4111
Thesis A
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level Engineering units of study
N AMME4010 or AMME4122 or AMME4121 or BMET4111 or BMET4112 OR BMET4010


Prospective students in Thesis A are expected to have consulted with supervisors and selected a topic of interest at the end of third year, guided by the advertised list of suggested thesis topics and supervisors. Availability of topics is limited and students should undertake to speak with prospective supervisors as soon as possible. Students who are unable to secure a supervisor and topic will be allocated a supervisor by the unit coordinator. Alternatively, students may do a thesis with a supervisor in industry or in another university department. In this case, the student must also find a second supervisor within the School of AMME.
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMME4112
Thesis B
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level Engineering units of study
N AMME4121 or AMME4010 or AMME4122 or BMET4111 or BMET4112 OR BMET4010
Semester 1
Semester 2
Note: Students taking this major are required to undertake a Thesis project relevant to the major.
5000-level units of study
Project units
AMME5101
Energy and the Environment
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer
P MECH3260 OR MECH9260 or MECH8260 OR AERO3261 OR AERO9261 or AERO8261
Semester 1
Core units
MECH5275
Renewable Energy
6    A The student will need a sound background in advanced level fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. In particular, students should be able to analyse fluid flow in turbomachinery; perform first and second law thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion systems, including chemically reacting systems; and perform advanced level calculations of conductive and convective and radiative heat transfer, including radiative spectral analysis.
P (MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR (AERO3260 AND AERO3261) OR (MECH9260 AND MECH9261) OR (MECH8260 and MECH8261) OR (AERO9260 AND AERO9261) OR (AERO8260 and AERO8261). Students claiming to have prerequisite knowledge based on study at other institutions must contact the unit of study coordinator before enrolling in this unit and may be required to sit a pre-exam to demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake this advanced level unit.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Selective units
AMME5202
Computational Fluid Dynamics
6    A Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods; Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.
Semester 1
AMME5510
Vibration and Acoustics
6    P (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (AMME2200 OR AMME2261 OR AMME9261) AND (AMME2500 OR AMME9500)
Semester 2
MECH5255
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
P MECH3260 OR MECH9260 or MECH8260
N MECH4255
Semester 2