ENEG11009 - Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Sustainable engineering practices and climate change are critical topics in current socio-economic and political settings. Meeting the world energy demand through renewable energy sources and exploring carbon free alternative energy sources are the highly sought-after solutions. In this unit, you will learn how to apply fundamental laws of physics related to energy and electricity to solve basic engineering problems. You will also learn the concepts of voltage, current and use Kirchhoff’s laws to analyse simple direct current (DC) circuits, and learn the fundamentals of alternating current (AC) electrical circuits. This unit also investigates current and future sustainable energy sources comprising solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and hydrogen, and relevant production processes. This unit also explores the effects on climate change of using renewable energy and the challenges faced in integrating renewable energy into the primary grid. This unit will promote progress toward the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable and clean energy.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Case Study 30%
3. Project (applied) 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 68.75% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.82% response rate.

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Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Assessment deadlines were reminded during lectures as well as through forum posts.
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The mid-term exam was replaced by an individual case-study analysis in this offering,
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Maintained a friendly atmosphere so that students could reach academics without hesitation.
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Too much contents were condensed in the first 3 weeks.
Unit contents should be distributed across all weeks.
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Some students found some contents taught within this unit too hard to comprehend.
Contents should be reviewed to suit a first-year introductory unit.
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Students found usefulness of unit learning materials were little bit low
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Solve engineering problems incorporating work, energy, heat and heat transfer
  2. Analyse simple Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC) circuits
  3. Explore different sustainable energy sources and their applications
  4. Identify energy production processes and storage systems
  5. Explore the socio-economic and technical challenges with integrating renewable energy in existing systems
  6. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to prepare professional reports by investigating authentic engineering problems.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:


1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N )

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 4N 5N )

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 6N )

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 4N 5N 6N )

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 5N 6N )

2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 6N )

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 5N )

3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 6N )


1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I )

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2I 3N 4N 5N )

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 6I )

3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 6I )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Case Study
3 - Project (applied)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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