ENTREP 3006 - Energy Management, Economics & Policy

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2017

This course will focus on understanding technical, economic, and policy considerations related to achieving a profitable reduction in fossil fuel consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy across a range of sectors and technologies, providing industry ready knowledge and skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENTREP 3006
    Course Energy Management, Economics & Policy
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course will focus on understanding technical, economic, and policy considerations related to achieving a profitable reduction in fossil fuel consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy across a range of sectors and technologies, providing industry ready knowledge and skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gary Hancock

    Course Coordinator:
    Name: Dr Gary Hancock
    Email: gary.hancock@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0125

    Teaching staff:

    Lecturer: Dr Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves, B.E.(Civil) 
    Charlie Hargroves is a dedicated, passionate, and collaborative action researcher and consultant focused on making a contribution to the world’s sustainability transition. Charlie has worked with many of the world’s leading sustainable development experts over the last 15 years and has made a strong contribution to the field through his writing, consulting, and public speaking. Charlie has co-authored 5 international books (currently selling over 85,000 copies in 6 languages), numerous chapters and papers, and delivered over 50 keynote presentations and guest lectures around the world. The first book won the Australian Banksia Award for Environmental Leadership, Education and Training in 2005, and the two released in 2010 were ranked among the ‘Top 40 Sustainability Books’ in the world that year by the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Program (with ‘Cents and Sustainability’ ranked 5th and ‘Factor 5’ ranked 12th). Charlie works on a number of national and international projects focused on understanding how to achieve greater sustainability outcomes, in particular those related to the low carbon transition. Charlie is a full member of the Club of Rome and a member of the Decoupling Working Group of the UN International Resource Panel. Charlie has a PhD in Carbon Structural Adjustment and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, working with Professor Peter Newman, and is the Sustainable Development Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

    Email: karlson.hargroves@adelaide.edu.au 
    Phone: 0407 071 729

    Tutor: Mr Daniel Conley
    Daniel is a PhD Student focused on how an entrepreneurial approach taken across industry, government and civil society can accelerate a low-carbon transition in the built environment given the rapid rate at which our cities are growing. Daniel is the Founding President of the Adelaide Sustainability Association, an inter-disciplinary group of over 750 members comprised of students, industry, government and academics focused on progressing integrated economic, social and environmental solutions for our city and state. Daniel undertakes research to support the work of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) through Curtin University, and also tutors corporate courses in the Middle East and academic courses at the University of Adelaide with Dr Charlie Hargroves. I am one of two inaugural South Australian recipients of the prestigious Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.

    Email: daniel.conley@adelaide.edu.au  
    Phone: 0447 477 750
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    One week intensive:
    Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July
    9am to 6pm
    Engineering & Mathematics, EM205, Teaching Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Express the imperative to focus on reducing fossil fuel based energy in the coming decades and associated opportunities this presents, with consideration of the inherent complexity.
    2 Evaluate options to inform the development of industry strategies to profitably decouple greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of a range of industries, with specific examples.
    3 Identify factors causing rising ‘Peak’ and ‘Base’ load electricity demand, and how renewable energy, energy management, and energy efficiency can reduce such demand.
    4 Present how various forms of renewable energy can be generated, with consideration of strengths and weaknesses of each
    5 Explain specific opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of a city, with specific reference to the ‘Carbon Neutral Adelaide’ program, and explain considerations related to their implementation in Adelaide
    6 Debate the relative pro’s and con’s of various options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in specific industries from a technical, economic and policy context.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2, 3, 4, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 4, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 4, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course notes are required and are avaliable for purchase from the 'Image and Copy Centre' prior to the course. (Please bring with you to first class)
    Recommended Resources
    There is a wide range of material on the course topic available.

    The following provides some additional reading guidance if you are interested in reading further on the topic.

    • Factor 5: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity (Earthscan 2010)
    • Whole System Design: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering (Earthscan 2008)
    • The Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change (Cambridge 2006)
    • IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports.

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered as a small group discovery model which involves a focus on students working in various teams to assess and analyse material to present the case for capturing associated opportunities to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This format is designed to simulate industry conditions and provide students with valuable graduate skills in the associated technical areas along with experiance in teamwork, critical thinking, and communications.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary

    This is an indication of the course material and may be subject to change.

    Overview and Core Content
    'Decoupling Energy Pollution and Economic Growth', and 'Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review'
    'Achieving a 60% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050', and 'Carbon Down, Profits Up – Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency'
    'Responding to the Complexity of Climate Change', and 'Integrated Approaches to Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Technologies'
    Improving Energy Efficiency, by Technology and Sector
    'Energy Efficiency - Resource Productivity Improvement and Rebound', and 'Improving the Energy Efficiency of HVAC Systems'
    'Improving the Energy Efficiency of Motor Systems', and 'Improving the Energy Efficiency of Boilers and Steam Distribution Systems'
    'Improving Energy Efficiency and Trucking' and 'Improving Energy Efficiency and Passenger Vehicles'
    Understanding Renewable Energy and Energy Management
    'How Do We Make Electricity From Wind, Steam, Water and Photovoltaics?'
    'Factors causing rising ‘Peak’ and ‘Base’ load electricity demand', and 'Can Renewable Energy supply Peak and Base Demand?'
    'Energy Management to Reduce ‘Peak Load’ Electricity Demand', and 'Energy Management to Reduce ‘Base Load’ Electricity Demand'
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Throughout the course a number of blended and small group activities will be used to provide greater context for the material presented and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    #AssessmentLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    Participation 5%
    1 Quiz 1 60 minutes 20% 1, 2
    2 Quiz 2 75 minutes 25%
    3 Quiz 3 60 minutes 20% 3, 4
    4 Group Report 2500 Words 30% 5, 6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners
    Assessment Detail
    Quiz 1
    Closed Book, Multiple Choice and Short Answer (Mix of Techincal and Business Realted Questions)
    Weighting: 20% of Grade
    Undertaken in class
    Content Covered:
    - 'Achieving a 60% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050'
    - 'Carbon Down, Profits Up – Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency'
    - 'Responding to the Complexity of Climate Change'
    - 'Integrated Approaches to Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Technologies'

    Quiz 2 
    Closed Book, Multiple Choice and Short Answer (Mix of Techincal and Business Related Questions)
    Weighting: 25% of Grade
    Undertaken in class
    Content Covered:
    - 'Energy Efficiency - Resource Productivity Improvement and Rebound'
    - 'Improving the Energy Efficiency of HVAC Systems'
    - 'Improving the Energy Efficiency of Motor Systems'
    - 'Improving the Energy Efficiency of Boilers and Steam Distribution Systems'
    - 'Improving Energy Efficiency and Trucking'
    - 'Improving Energy Efficiency and Passenger Vehicles'

    Quiz 3 
    Closed Book, Multiple Choice and Short Answer (Mix of Techincal and Business Related Questions)
    Weighting: 20% of Grade
    Undertaken in class
    Content Covered:
    - 'How Do We Make Electricity From Wind, Steam, Water, or Photovoltaics'
    - 'Factors causing rising ‘Peak’ and ‘Base’ load electricity demand'
    - 'Can Renewable Energy supply Peak and Base Demand?'
    - 'Energy Management to Reduce ‘Peak Load’ Electricity Demand'
    - 'Energy Management to Reduce ‘Base Load’ Electricity Demand'

    Group Assignment: "Delivering a Carbon Neutral Adelaide"
    Weighting: 30% of Grade
    Due 4 weeks after intensive period

    Task: Create a mock expression of interest to provide services to the Adelaide City Council to deliver a specific element of the 'Carbon Neutral Adelaide' plan related to the material in the course. This will include considering the content of lecture notes, nominated references, and self-directed research to identify specific options to deliver a carbon neutral CBD for Adelaide based on examples that have led to a verified economic benefits. The case studies presented must be relevant to application in Adelaide and aligned directly to the 'Carbon Neutral Adelaide' program.

    Structure: Students are to structure the assignment in four parts. Note that no other sections are required such as introduction or conclusion.

    1) Overview of Commitments: Outline a specific commitment and action item as part of the 'Carbon Neutral Adelaide' program that will be the focus of the report (no more than 300 words).

    2) Area of Innovation: Outline one of more proven innovations from Australia or around the world that stand to deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the area of the commitment (what have others done?),

    3) Economic Benefits: Present verified economic benefits of such innovations and highlight any considerations relevant to application in Adelaide and SA (how did the economics stack up?), and

    4) Future Options: Suggest ways to improve such options to achieve greater greenhouse gas emissions in SA than in the existing examples (i.e. how can we add to what has been done to create something new and innovative).

    Marking criteria: The assignment will be marked based on its ability to respond to the headings above and provide a robust and well considered case for the area of innovation. All material must be acknowledged as per standard academic protocols with full referencing provided as footnotes.
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
    • Assignment Submission:  Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet:  Please submit, separate to your assignment, the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work.  Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments:  You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing.  Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time:  Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assignment should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and proof, such as a doctor’s certificate, may be required.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade.  Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above) Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Resubmission & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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