Energy Systems

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
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.

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About this unit

As an online postgraduate unit provided by Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia, Energy Systems provides an introduction to the design and operation of energy conversion and supply systems, with a focus on the principal small to medium scale energy systems currently used in Australia. The unit covers a range of different energy systems including engine-based RAPS, hybrid, photovoltaic; and also covers renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar thermal. In additional the unit takes into consideration co-generation systems, fuel cells and micro-hydro systems.

On completion of this unit, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of how the main energy systems covered in this unit operate. You will accomplish this by drawing a block diagram showing the layout of components in the system, indicating power flows that occur and describing the role of various components within the system. You will also learn how to undertake simple design and sizing tasks for the various systems covered in this unit.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
  • Acceptance into the Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies
AND
  • It is recommended that applicants have successfully completed the unit, Energy in Society, or have equivalent knowledge

Areas of study

In this Energy Systems unit, the topics you will study include:
  • Introduction to energy systems
  • The interconnected electricity grid
  • The interconnected electricity grid – environmental issues/renewables - issues in connecting to the grid
  • Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) systems
  • Engine-based RAPS systems
  • Co-generation
  • Fuel cells
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Design of PV Systems – sizing methods
  • Design of wind power systems/wind farms and wind penetration
  • Water pumping – wind and solar/other energy sources – microhydro
  • Solar thermal systems

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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Energy Systems is a core unit for the Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies, also provided by Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia. This postgraduate diploma covers technical areas of energy supply and demand in addition to non-technical areas such as economics and policy, providing you with a fully realised working knowledge of energy systems and energy policy in Australia and the wider energy market.

Success in this unit gives you the opportunity to develop skills to enhance your career in areas such as energy policy, energy economics, energy management and efficiency, sustainable energy systems design and planning and the environmental impact of energy systems and their use.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Energy Systems from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable 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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Financial assistance

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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