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Unit Overview


This unit explores the current global energy industry, and its transition to cleaner more sustainable technologies. Challenges and limitations of future energy technologies will be discussed including energy generation, transmission, storage and usage. Current issues such as the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable technologies, increasing use of electric cars and associated issues, and the rise of hydrogen, and energy storage solutions are included. This is a non-technical unit suitable for anyone who has an interest in current and future directions of the energy sector, both local and international, and how we will transition to a low carbon, sustainable future

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Social and Environmental Sustainability major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) explain the impact of energy production and utilisation on climate change; (2) describe the role of engineering technologies in controlling global emissions; (3) demonstrate an understanding of baseload and intermittent energy and its impact on the energy infrastructure; and (4) identify geographical and geopolitical constraints on energy production.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group presentations and (2) reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Zach Aman, Dr Brendan Graham, Dr Bruce Norris
Unit rules
Successful completion of
24 points of Level 1 units
Enrolment in
ENSC3022 Global Energy Production: Challenges and Opportunities
Contact hours
Weekly workshops (1 x 3 hours), featuring expert academics from within UWA and expert practicing engineers from Perth.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.