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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:57

Course Overview

This course is to provide an understanding of generation from solar and geothermal sources, the associated technologies and the main technical challenges.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Khaled Ahmed

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Programme Level 5
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG501J Renewable Energy 1 (Solar and Geothermal) (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course examines the solar and geothermal energy industries including resources, technologies, practical implementation, development, barriers, environmental and sustainable issues. Some case studies are investigated for solar and geothermal energy projects. Students will carry out a design project to enhance their intellectual ability and transferable skills.

Further Information & Notes

For students studying for the MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st attempt: Three hour written examination (70%); plus continuous assessment (30%).

Resit: The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.

Formative Assessment

The course will include opportunities to assess individual progress with the concepts and material being delivered via continuous assessment exercises. Feedback will be given over the course during the tutorial sessions. 


Marked submissions (typically via MyAberdeen) will be returned to the students promptly, including feedback on the laboratory exercises. Whole-class feedback and solutions to past assignment or exams are provided via MyAberdeen.

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