|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||8 x 1 hour lectures|
|Practical||60 hours of practicals based as blocked visits over a two-week period to research facilities, field sites etc.|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Group case study report 2,500 words Group case study on the theoretical and practical bases of bioenergy, with examples||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Individual case study and 2500 word report Individual case study on the development of a bioenergy resource (eg Miscanthus) for an advanced conversion technology (eg bioethanol from ligno-cellulose).||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Individual scoping report (1500 words) and oral presentation Individual scoping report on sequestration of carbon and climate change mitigation, plus oral presentation of findings (15 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Individual written review (1500 words) Individual written review of a single bioconversion tehcnology, with particular regard to state-of-the-art resource supply and value to stakeholders and society.||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of individual elements. Alternative to group case study report as determined by the examination board.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically assess bioenergy as a route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Demonstrate a fundamental and practical knowledge of biomass resources and conversion technologies.
Make confident, sound and objective judgments on the complex scientific and societal issues associated with bioenergy.
Demonstrate ability in the communication of scientific issues, to the public and their peers, with accuracy and clarity, both orally and in writing.
This new module provides the foundational skills required to explore Bioenergy in the context of climate change, knowledge of biomass resources and bioenergy conversion pathways and supply chains, and looks at environmental impacts including carbon mitigation associated with bioenergy. Student-centered learning will be supported by lectures, background reading, workshops and the production of reports and presentations.
The nature and development of biomass resources will be evaluated through the investigation of selected examples such as biofuel crops, forestry, wastes (e.g. from animal farms) and algae. These investigations will include comparisons of historic and new generation biofuels and `market' traits such as availability, economics, transport and regulations.
Bioconversion pathways will be described. Examples include thermal technologies, biofuels, anaerobic digestion, biohydrogen, combined heat and power, bioethanol from ligno-cellulose, and the biorefinery concept.
Environmental impacts are explored through scoping reports of carbon mitigation and sequestration, life cycle assessments, visual effects on landscape, nitrogen leaching, soil erosion and water quality.
Practical workshops involving case studies
2. Research Skills:
Research for the report and presentation assessments
Oral presentation and group work
4. Improving own learning and performance:
5. Team work:
6. Information technology:
Use of computational resources, modeling etc
7. Application of number:
Problem solving, carbon sequestrations, conversion efficiencies of various technologies
8. Personal development and career planning:
Networking during visits and career pathway planning insight into potential areas of future employment
9. Subject Specific Skills
Application of the principles underlying the use of crops for bioenergy. Evaluation of their impacts on environmental change. Deconstruction and critical evaluation of the literature and compilation of subject specific reports and case studies.
This module is at CQFW Level 7