This online Open Universities Australia and Murdoch University unit offers the opportunity to become familiar with the highly contemporary topic of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development. Sustainable development is key in ensuring that the needs of current populations in developing countries are met without compromising the needs of future generations.
By studying this unit you will acquire the practical skills necessary to assess the potential of renewable energy technologies in particular settings, and obtain an understanding of how they can be introduced successfully. You will also discuss the key factors and challenges that must be overcome in order to implement renewable technologies in less developed countries. Emphasis will be placed on financing, planning, and assessment of needs.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Acceptance into the Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies
Have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at level 1
It is also recommended that you have completed the following units or have equivalent knowledge:
Energy in Society
Areas of study
In this environmental unit, the topics you will study include:
Unit introduction, sustainable energy and development
Community development using renewable energy
Electrification using solar energy
Cooking with renewable energy technologies
Wind and water power technologies
Productive use of renewable energy (PURE)
Sustainable transport and biofuel
Technology selection, transfer and gender issues
Markets, microfinance and project planning
Renewable energy in indigenous communities
Renewable energy and sustainability – a review
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.
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This unit will provide you with a unique understanding of the challenges and benefits associated with designing, introducing and maintaining small scale renewable energy technologies in less developed countries.
By completing this unit you will also gain an awareness of the social issues surrounding the introduction of such technologies, and develop the communication skills necessary to express your ideas with regard to designing, introducing, and maintaining renewable energy technologies. The skills and knowledge you obtain throughout this unit will allow you to provide advice, recommendations and general help in the important, often life-changing, field of sustainable development.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development from Murdoch University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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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.
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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).
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