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BU5963: FUTURE ENERGIES (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The aim of this Module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the complex nature of the global energy sector and to encourage students to engage in a process of multi-future thinking. You will be involved in a process of scenario development, involving mapping sector-critical challenges. The process of environmental scanning will be supported by a number of industry speakers talking about their various perspectives on the challenges facing the energy industry.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rulzion Rattray

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Master of Business Administration in Energy Management or Independent Subject Study In Energy Management
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In this module you are encouraged to bring all your previously acquired knowledge and understanding to the task of further developing your appreciation of the challenges of strategic planning in the energy sector. - Defining energy - Sources of Energy (Energy Generation: Hydrocarbon & Non-Hydrocarbon) - Energy demand - The Energy Industry (supply) - Energy Markets - The Energy Infrastructure - The Legislative Framework - Climate Change and Energy Technology - Energy and the environment (Non-carbon issues).

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 5 Lectures during University week1
  • 2 Seminars during University week52
  • 2 Workshops during University week2

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt:

1.       An individual Assessment comprising 40% of the total course marks.

2.       A group piece comprising 30% of the total course marks

3.       An individual Professional Reflective Review comprising 30% of the course marks.

The individual assessment (1. and 3. above) is as follows:

1.       An individual contribution to a theoretical issue, a case issue or work-based issue (2000 words) – 40% of total course marks.

2.       A reflective review of the lessons learned through participation in the course (1500 words or a 5min video/oral presentation) – 30% of the total course marks.

Material for these individual assessed elements will be obtained through a series of timetabled individual and group activities complemented by directed reading and own research.


The group assessment (2. above) is as follows:

A group activity/challenge – 30% of the total course marks. In undertaking the challenge, and in the preparation of the assessed requirements (see on), students are required to keep minutes of their group meetings and record peer contributions. These minutes along with the reflections on peer contributions peer are reviewed by the assessment team as part of the assessment process.

The group assessed requirements for this course are: a 10 minute group presentation (contributing 10% and a 5 page Report/Briefing Note comprising 20%). 

Resit: There is no opportunity to resit the group-based assignment. Students may retake the individual coursework assignments within six weeks of having received a coursework grade of less than D3 together with feedback on performance.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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