CHEMMAT 304 : The Future of Energy
2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
|Communication and Engagement
|Independence and Integrity
|Social and Environmental Responsibilities
- Explain, evaluate and discuss the sustainability and impact of power generation and energy storage technologies and their significance to the domestic and global energy sector. (Capability 1.1, 4.2 and 6.2)
- Develop and assess transferrable skills and a multidisciplinary mindset through assessment. (Capability 5.2)
- Design and create a solution to a given problem (project) through teamwork. (Capability 1.1, 3.2 and 4.1)
|Group & Individual Coursework
|Group & Individual Coursework
|Learning Outcome Addressed
This course has no exam.
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect
- 11 weeks of typical teaching. During a typical teaching week, there will be 3 hours of face-to-face time with the teaching staff. Face-to-face time can mean lectures, workshops, group discussions, student presentations or guest lectures. For 11 teaching weeks, this totals to 33 hours.
- 1 week of project work in the multidisciplinary learning spaces (MDLS). These sessions are pre-scheduled and shown in a student's calendar as 'lab'. There are three sessions in total. Each MDLS session is 2-3 hours long to provide students with enough time to set up experiments, use tools and devices (e.g., laser cutters and 3D printers), optimise processes and collect data. Student teams are expected to carry out their project work independently but the teaching staff provides constant support. This MDLS week is free of lectures.
Attendance is required at scheduled activities including workshops, labs (pre-scheduled sessions in the MDLS), guest lectures, team project sessions and team leader meetings to complete components of the course. At the beginning of the semester, the activities that require attendance will be identified and marked in the lecture and assessment schedule found on the course's Canvas homepage. Students are expected to prioritise mandatory activities for a successful learning and team-based experience.
Only lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including online and live workshops, in-class group work, and team project work in the MDLS (labs) will not be available as recordings.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. Labs are scheduled as a block of 3 x 3hours for Week 8 or 9 (to be specified after the course has commenced).
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
All learning resources will be provided through Canvas or during lectures.
Health & Safety
Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.
The use of workshops, labs and the MDLS facilities requires online and in-person inductions to the equipment and spaces by the professional staff in charge. The wearing of closed shoes, eye protection, lab coats, gloves and other safety measures might be required.
At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.
- approachable teaching staff and friendly classroom environment,
- effective alignment of topics,
- optimisation of workload,
- formative and effective individual feedback,
- the engaging style of assignments,
- use of flat-floor seminar rooms with moveable chairs for workshops and group work,
- hands-on project for developing transferrable skills and a multidisciplinary mindset (employability) using the Unleash Space and MDLS, and more.
Students work in teams to complete a hands-on project which spans the entire duration of the course. The project helps students explore and develop transferrable skills (employability skills) and a multidisciplinary mindset, which are highly sought after in university graduates by employers. We will exchange the lecture theatre for the Unleash Space and the MDLS where student teams get to play with toy-sized alternative fuel vehicles and rapid prototyping techniques.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
Assignments require demonstrating academic integrity and citing and referencing the work of other people properly.
Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.
The teaching staff is known for fostering a friendly and productive relationship with open communication between students and staff.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.