ENSC3022 Global Energy Production: Challenges and Opportunities

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit will explore the basis for how energy (including fossil fuels, alternative energy, and frontier technologies) have evolved over the past century, and how this evolution has crafted much of the geopolitical framework of the modern world. In the dialogue, we will explore the basis for common energy technologies in a non-technical context, enabling discussion across a variety of background fields and contexts. We will then explore these technologies further by analysing a few pivotal case studies from the past decade that shaped the landscape and discussion of energy. As one example, we will look at the BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, analysing (i) the narrative provided to the public, (ii) how this diverged from the technical challenges, (iii) how government and industry pivoted due to the case, and (iv) how local, national, and international policies and discussion changed as a consequence. The unit is designed for students from the humanities, business, engineering, and related disciplines, and will provide a framework to understand and assess how the field of energy production will evolve over the coming decade
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the basic production principles for conventional and unconventional energy assets; (2) identify common engineering and operating challenges associated with different energy production strategies around the world; (3) contextualise region-specific challenges to energy production, based on the global economy and current environmental regulations; (4) analyse energy industry case studies to determine how technical obstacles impacted marketing and communication in the energy industry; (5) demonstrate the ability to present a critical case study analysis to a non-technical audience; and (6) evaluate the effectiveness of marketing and communication strategies that have historically been employed to shift public narrative around high-profile challenges.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and quizzes; (2) case studies; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Zach Aman
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completion of 72 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units
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