Renewable and Sustainable Energy 4 ENG4173

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will address issues surrounding the renewable and sustainable energy field, with an introduction to existing energy demand and provision in the UK and globally, involving various energy technologies, resources and devices introduced to meet the potential energy gaps and mix for future demand and supplies.


2 lectures per week - single two hour slot

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





80% Examination

20% Essay

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a good awareness and understanding of the renewable and sustainable energy scene, including how the market operates, government policy, technical and financial risks and procedures for examining design options and economic viability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify issues and challenges associated with the current development of renewable energy technologies including policies, including technical, financial and environmental risks and mitigation measures;

■ apply their knowledge of other engineering subjects in the assessment and design of renewable energy schemes;

■ assess the environmental impact of renewable energy schemes

■ design outline engineering solutions, including project planning and environmental impact;

■ create novel solutions using integrated renewable and sustainable energy technologies for a range of demand led scenarios.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.