BSEN40700 Energy System & Sustainable Environments

Academic Year 2023/2024

Part 1 Worldwide importance of energy systems, historical and current energy perspectives, concepts and applications of energy systems. Estimation and evaluation of energy resources.
Part 2 Sustainable energy systems; approaches to energy systems analyses and sustainability metrics. Biological Carbon Capture Storage, including the following processes: soil carbon, CO2 to energy, Forests & forest ecology, Digestate from Anaerobic Digestion (AD) process, Biochar, Biomass to oil.
Part 3 Comprehensive overview of the principal types of renewable energy-including solar, thermal photovoltaics, bioenergy, hydro, tidal, wind, and wave. In addition the underlying physical and technological principles of renewable energy systems and the future prospects of different energy sources. Energy efficiency analyses including energy balance, cost-benefit analysis and cost-efficiency analysis of various energy scenarios and renewable energy choices.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
(1) Demonstrate knowledge of the historic evolution of energy systems including fossil fuel energy systems;
(2) Discuss the worldwide importance of energy systems, energy use and associated world trends, and factors which influence them. (3) Articulate the knowledge and rationale underpinning sustainable energy systems
(4) Discuss the potential renewable energy systems including the role of biological carbon capture storage to contribute to a sustainable energy future.
(5) Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of renewable energy technologies and systems.
(6) Apply knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities to perform energy efficiency analyses in broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts.

Indicative Module Content:

Definition of sustainable energy systems globally
Role of energy in society
Energy consumption and availability
Energy sustainability metrics
Carbon management and capture
Review of energy technologies - fossil and renewable

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Conversation Class


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module consists of the following approaches:
1. face to face lecture;
2. active/task-based learning;
3. problem based learning;
4. case based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of trimester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Assignment: Carbon sequestration assessment and presentation Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Assignment: Interdependence of factors effecting energy use Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Case study: Energy efficiency analysis Week 9 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Journal: E journal Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Tamíris Da Costa Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 10:50