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EMAN204 Energy Resources

Economic, environmental and technical ranking of contemporary sources of energy including non-renewable and renewable resources. Energy storage transportation, interconversion and end use systems.

This paper provides students with an introduction to the world of renewable and non-renewable energy resources and technologies. Students will be given an introductory overview of the current trends and opportunities for renewable and non-renewable energy resources in New Zealand and internationally and will gain an understanding of the fundamental physical principles behind present and future technologies that convert these resources into useful energy supply. Armed with a quantitative technical understanding, students will also grapple with some of the bigger questions about our energy future: "What are the options for renewable energy in New Zealand and elsewhere?"; "How will current technology trends impact energy systems of the future?"

Paper title Energy Resources
Paper code EMAN204
Subject Energy Management
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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54 100-level points
Pre or Corequisite
MATH 160 or MATH 170
EMAN 404
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Jack
Recommended reading: "Renewable Energy - Power for a Sustainable Future", 3rd Edition, Edited by Godfrey Boyle
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:
  • State the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and how these apply to a variety of energy resources
  • Describe some of the current trends and opportunities for renewable and non-renewable energy resources both in New Zealand and internationally
  • Understand energy conversion technologies in terms of the fundamental physical transformations between different types of energy
  • Carry out elementary estimates of the energy yield from an energy resource for a variety of different resource types
  • Understand, at an introductory level, the environmental, social and economic issues and benefits surrounding different types of energy resources and technologies in modern society
  • Form written arguments about the pros and cons of alternative future energy scenarios

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41