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INTR6006 - Climate Change and Energy

Title:Climate Change and Energy
Long Title:Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability
Module Code:INTR6006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Description: This module provides an introduction to the physical processes involved in Climate Change. The linkages between human activities, carbon emissions and changes to the atmospheric energy balance are explored. An individuals carbon footprints are determined and evaluated. The meaning Sustainable Development is considered, and future options are presented and compared.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the main processes involved in climate change and climate modelling.
LO2 Explain the linkages between human activities and climate change drivers.
LO3 Discuss the possiblities for sustainable development in terms of future energy use.
LO4 Determine the production of Green House Gases based on energy consumption patterns.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Climate Change
Historical trends. Previous temperature fluctuations. Current Projections.
Global Warming and Green House Gases
GHGs, effects, types and GWIs. Physics of Global Warming. Alternative Views. Sunspots, Long Term Cycles.
Human Related Carbon Emissions
Agricultural, fossil fuel related, deforestation, forest fires.
Energy Related GHG emissions
Coal, Oil and Natural Gas combustions. Carbon emissions.
Energy Auditing
Metering, Data Collection, Usage Profile, Data Presentation and Analysis.
Energy Planning
National Energy Plans, EU Directives, Kyoto Protocol and Developments. IPCC. Stern Report.
Other Viewpoints
Preparing for Global Warming. Alternative Resource Use.
Sustainable Communities
Peak Oil Futures. Powerdown and Transition Towns. End of Suburbia and Beyond Suburbia. Dundalk 2020. Cork City Plan, and National Strategies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Climate Change 1,2 20.0 Week 3
Presentation Domestic Energy Audit and Analysis 2,3,4 30.0 Week 8
Short Answer Questions semester test 1,2,4 25.0 Week 10
Exhibition Evaluation Poster display on possible sustainable options (Group) 1,2,3 25.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Group Work on assignments 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Egbert Boeker, Rienk van Grondelle, 2011, Environmental Physics, 3rd Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 0470666765]
  • L. D. Danny Harvey, 2010, Energy and the New Reality 2: Carbon-Free Energy Supply, Earthscan [ISBN: 1849710732]
  • Danny Harvey L.D. 2000, Climate and Global Environmental Change, 1st Ed. [ISBN: 0582322618]
  • Boyle. G. et al 2003, Energy Systems and Sustainability, Oxford [ISBN: 0199261792]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Kinsale Community College 2005, Energy Powerdown Report
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • dvd: al gore 2005, An Inconvenient Truth
  • Website: Enerdata 2012, The European Union’s “3 x 20” targets: Challenging enough?
  • website: seaiwww.seai.ie
  • dvd: the end of suburbia
  • dvd: beyond suburbia
  • website: www.transitiontowns.com
  • website: www.sustainablecampus.org

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 2 Elective

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