Minor in Environmental Management


EM9105 Energy Resources Management

[Lecture: 36 hrs; Tutorial: 3 hr; Lab: 0 hr;  Pre-requisite: Nil; Academic Unit: 3]

Learning Objective :

  • To provide general understanding of the various traditional sources of energy, their availability, quality and environmental effects in the context of sustainable development
  • To assess the current energy resource, energy demand and human dependence on energy
  • To provide an overview on the choices in energy use and conservation

Course Content :

This introductory course provides an overview of energy resources management in the context of sustainable economic development. Topics include energy and human society, energy resources and reserves, supply, distribution, utilization, recovery and conversion, environmental impacts of energy utilization, energy economics and policies.

Course Outline :




Introduction to Energy, Technology and Human Society


Energy Resources, Production and Consumption


Energy Economics: Effect on Industry & National Economy


Energy: Effect on Environment


Energy: Policy & Regulation


Energy Efficiency: Trends, Benchmarking, Auditing & Incentives


Energy Management: Efficient Energy Conversion Technology


Energy Management: Cleaner Production & Energy Conservation


Energy Management: Renewable Energy (Biomass, Wind, Geothermal, Tidal, Solar and Hydropower)

Learning Outcome :

Students will be able to evaluate current energy supply and demand situations and recommend alternative energy solutions that are sustainable. Students will also gain basic knowledge and understanding of the various sources of energy including extraction processes and utilization and its impact on the environment as well as the general knowledge of the legislative and regulatory approaches to a sustainable energy management.

Textbooks :

  1. J.A. Fay and D.S. Golomb: “Energy and the Environment”, Oxford, 2002
  2. Edward S. Cassedy and Peter Z. Grossman: “Introduction to Energy: Resources, Technology & Society”, 2nd Edition, Cambrdige Press, 2003.

References :

  1. Harold H. Schobert: “Energy & Society”, Taylor & Francis, 2002
  2. Noel De Nevers: “Air Pollution Control Engineering”, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, 2000
  3. US Department of Energy: www.eia.doe.gov
  4. UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.ipcc.ch
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