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Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

This course aims to provide a broad understanding of generation from solar 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Aliakbar Jamshidi Far

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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

This course studies all aspects of solar energy including the concept, resources, technologies, practical implementation, development, barriers, environmental and sustainable issues. Some case studies are investigated for solar energy projects. Students will carry out a design project to enhance their knowledge and transferable skills.



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

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

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

2x online open book exam (35% each)

Coursework (30%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreate•Communicate in writing to technical experts and the wider public•Demonstrate advanced reasoning skills•Present complex information in an intelligible fashion
ReflectionUnderstand•Discuss and explain the sources of solar energy industries•Describe and discuss the challenges facing the solar based energy industries •Carry out the design and analysis of a solar based plant
ReflectionEvaluate•Evaluate effectiveness of different sources of energy•Quantify the energy potential (heat, power and transport) from different sources of energy
ReflectionUnderstandA: General knowledge and understanding of:•The nature of different sources of solar, their availability and energy value.•The technologies available for the conversion of solar energy.

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