Eng Phys 3ES3

Introduction to Energy Systems

Term I – 2014/2015

Instructor: Dr. S. Nagasaki

Prerequisites: Registration in an Engineering Physics program, a level IV or V of a Civil Engineering Program or permission of the instructor

Ben Muirhead

Course Outline:
To deepen the understanding of a complex system and of sustainability dimensions (environmental, economic and social) in energy systems; To learn methodologies for economic and climate change analysis; To develop competencies in engineering ethics in connection to energy systems; To expand knowledge base on several topics in energy sector.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Make sense of complexity surrounding energy system issues in terms of sustainability.
2. Demonstrate a high level of analytical capability to solve the problems on energy system, economics of energy, and climate change and other challenges on energy issues.
3. Articulate and translate principles of engineering ethics into specific contexts.

Course Text:
There is no designated textbook, but the following are useful for the student’s study:
Energy Systems and Sustainability (Oxford), Energy Studies (Imperial College Press).

Marking Scheme:

5 Assignments 25%
Report on Special Lectures 15%
Mid-term Exam 20%
Final Exam 40%

More than 70% attendance in course in mandatory.

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term.  The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances.  If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes.  It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.