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Energy Management

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

This online unit in Energy Management provided by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Murdoch University offers a comprehensive understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of energy management.

The first section of the unit examines the broad principles of energy management, particularly the factors that determine energy costs and how energy audits are conducted. You will then learn how to analyse the options for businesses in terms of building design as the unit looks at optimum design for commercial buildings and industrial systems. For example those used in factories and transport systems. Using such examples, you will learn how to apply various design principles to lower energy consumption and cost. The impact of various energy incentive programs on energy costs will also be examined as a part of the unit.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Be accepted into Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies; AND
  • It is recommended you also complete the unit, Energy in Society; AND
  • Have knowledge of physics; AND
  • Have 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at level 1

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Energy Management unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Energy management - objectives and potential
  • Energy management: economic evaluation - principles/electricity and metering
  • Energy costs and tariffs - electricity and gas
  • Energy audits
  • Building design - options for energy management/air conditioning
  • Ice storage for air conditioning
  • Energy management - lighting/electric motors and machines
  • Industrial systems - steam and compressed air
  • Industrial systems - boilers and furnaces/heat recovery
  • Energy management control systems/road transport
  • Energy management program/energy management incentive programs
  • Case studies and site visit
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OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

The Energy Management online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Murdoch University offers you a comprehensive understanding of the efficient use of energy in commercial applications. If you are looking to start an engineering career within an energy-intensive industry, this unit will provide an excellent introduction to the field of energy management.

The first section of this unit introduces the fundamentals of energy management. This section looks at how projects can be evaluated, how energy is priced, and what procedures businesses can implement to track energy costs. This introduction will ground your knowledge within a commercial context, giving you practical tools that would be useful in a commercial setting.

Completing this unit will allow you to demonstrate your expertise in this area to potential employers.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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