ABOUT THE COURSE
Attention is given to component scale and systems design along with efficient management, control and measurement of energy supply systems. The first two years of the course introduce and develop the fundamental components of an engineering discipline. The third and fourth years extend the specialist nature of the course.
Full details of all the course modules may be found here.
The course material is available from recommended texts, internet resources, and downloads of lecture notes and computer presentations. Some modules incorporate a significant amount of video presentation and analysis of current topics from the scientific and popular media.
Modules are delivered by staff from many different disciplines, allowing the student to gain understanding of the roles of a range of engineering disciplines involved in the energy and sustainability field. Sites visits are organised which have included: wind farms, hydroelectric power stations, and solar installations. Visiting speakers provide industry input to the programme and have included GSK, Phillips 66, OpenHydro, Arups, Kingspan, Stryker, and Abbotts. Most of these companies now employ graduates from the programme.
A major individual research project is undertaken by each student in the final year. In most cases, this project has been brought back from the work placement and has real industry relevance. The results of the project are presented to the public and industry at the annual CIT Engineering Exhibition in April.
Some of the Final Year projects will be based on the CIT ZERO2020 Building Project (www.zero2020energy.com) which aims to have net zero energy use once fully retrofitted with a new low energy façade and 25kW of solar photovoltaics linked to a 2kW wind turbine.
Other Final Year projects will be based on the €1 million NSBET microgrid project (National Sustainable Building Energy Testbed) (http://nimbus.cit.ie/tec) a collaboration between CIT and UTRC which provides a micro heat and power grid to the Nimbus Research Building, and allows research on smart grids, supply and demand side energy management technologies, and new product research and development.
CIT launched a new Research Strand in Energy and a new Energy Research Coordinator has been appointed to coordinate research across the Institute.
The assessment methods will include examinations, short tests, written assignments, oral presentations, individual and group project work, team building and problem solving, exhibition presentations to peer groups and the general public, and work placement performance. The student will be assigned a lecturer to act as an academic advisor and mentor, to assist the student in module selection, and work placement, as well as to assist in academic endeavours.
The numbers of students in each class group is generally small, allowing the students to have easy access to the lecturing staff. Good support mechanisms for students are provided, e.g. extra free tuition in core subjects (e.g. mathematics and physics).
There is a mandatory work placement module for a minimum of 10 weeks at the end of the third year. The student will be placed in an energy related industry, consultancy, government agency (SEAI), or research group. The placement will be assessed by means of presentations, reports and research project development. There are opportunities for students to spend this period abroad on a European exchange.