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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4S210: Global Energy Management

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to H1KC24 Energy Systems Management [Suspended for 2022/23]


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This module is designed solely for students studying the Master of Energy Systems Management.
  • To introduce differences in global energy policies/energy policies in different nations.


  • Insights into world energy policy and net zero scenario planning.
  • How different energy sources provide net zero emissions and system flexibility.
  • Financial investment mechanisms and global financial instruments.
  • Digitisation of whole energy systems and smart systems.
  • Introduction to alternative energy technologies such as offshore/onshore wind, fuel cells, solar, hydro and marine, biomass, hydrogen, advanced nuclear and energy storage.
  • Energy system auditing.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A knowledge of the benefits and limitations of technologies currently used or being developed for heating and cooling in domestic and industrial contexts
  • Understand the legislative context of zero carbon technology
  • A knowledge and understanding of various renewable energy financial investment mechanisms and instruments that are used in develop energy infrastructure around the world.
  • An awareness of the interplay between technology risk (including first of a kind projects) and financing at a systems level.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised and advanced financial, technical and professional skills.
  • An understanding of alternative energy sources.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to evaluate corporate zero carbon initiatives to meet a specific user requirement.
  • An ability to understand the performance of heating and cooling systems and how these are influenced by system design considerations.
  • Ability to integrate information across a broad range of subject areas, from engineering through economics to project risk assessment.
  • Ability to identify a range of perspectives, and examiner the influence of myriad forces at play by engaging with practising businesses and trade associations.
Key Skills:
  • Critical assessment and review of complex interrelated systems
  • Communication of results of critical assessment effectively to a lay audience.
  • Analysis and synthesis of national and international perspectives on energy management to demonstrate comprehension at a global level.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module content is delivered in lectures.
  • Students can make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff. These are sign up sessions which will be available to the students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 25 25
Preparation and reading 75
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Coursework 3000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Short video presentation on benefits and limitations of technologies currently used or being developed. Supported by brief handout.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University