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Renewable Energy Engineering - 3657

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 4 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
Min UOC For Award: 192
Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Program Description

This program commenced in 2003 and is a four year full-time program. Discussions on course content were held with Australian manufacturers, major end-users, the NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority, the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy and the industry representative association, Solar Energy Industries Association of Australia.

Consultation also took place as necessary with other schools within UNSW. In particular, the plans for this program have been developed in collaboration with the School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications and the Faculty of the Built Environment. All of these schools offer courses within the new program.

Approximately half of the material for this program is in common with the program in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy. However, this program in Renewable Energy Engineering encompasses a wider range of renewable energy technologies and their use. These include heat and electricity generation from solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind turbines, biomass and the important areas of solar architecture and the design of energy efficient buildings and appliances.

Renewable Energy Engineering is also available as a component of the dual degree programs
BE (RE Eng)/BSc program 3658 program 3658
BE (RE Eng)/BCom, program 3715 program 3715
BE (RE)/BA program 3704 program 3704
BE (RE)/LLB, program 4778 programs4778

For details of all academic requirements see Rules

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please see Rules

Program Structure

In order to fulfill the requirements of the degree students must complete 192 UOC, with 150 UOC of core courses, 30 UOC of professional electives and 12 UOC of General Education courses.
Year 1

Choose ONE of:
And ONE of:
And ONE of:

And ONE of:
Plus the following 2 courses:
Plus choose 2 electives from the Year 1 Elective List Electives

Suggested Year 1 electives for this program are:
  1. COMP1911 is an acceptable alternative for ENGG1811
  2. Not all courses are offered in both semesters but students should complete 24 UOC in each semester.
  3. For timetabling reasons, MATS1101 is not a preferred Year 1 Elective.
Year 2

Year 3
  • General Education (6 UOC)
  • Professional Electives (6 UOC)

Year 4
  • General Education (6UOC)
  • Professional Electives (12UOC)
  • Professional Electives/General Education (6UOC)
With the program authority's permission courses can also be chosen from amongst the electives offered by other Schools, provided that appropriate pre-requisites have been satisfied and they conform to the units of credit requirements.

Areas of Specialisation
  • Renewable Energy

General Education Requirements

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Academic Rules

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Industrial Experience Requirements

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Professional Recognition

The BE in Renewable Energy is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Area(s) of Specialisation

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