Short Title:Energy Science 2
Full Title:Energy Science 2
Module Code:ENSC H1006
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to develop an appreciation of various types of energy from different sources. The module also equips the students to understand the conversion of energy from one form to another through different means and their effects on the environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the principles of operation of electrochemical devices for storing energy.
LO2 Evaluate biomass potential to generate energy compared with fossil fuels.
LO3 Explain how energy is generated from solar radiation.
LO4 Describe the principles and conversion of energy in relation to electrical, mechanical, heat, light, nuclear and chemical sources.
LO5 Describe the properties of sound waves.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
1 Chemical Reactions
Periodic table; The mole; Avogadro's number. Chemical bonding; oxidation and reduction. Chemical reactions. Mixtures; compounds, solutions, suspensions; concentrations. Acids; alkalis, pH. Structure of matter, atomic bonding, solids, liquid and gases.
2 Biomass
Fossil fuels and combustion; Chemical reactions. Biomass energy production; chemical reactions for biochemical processes in anaerobic digestion; combustion of biomass. Bioethanol from fermentation of biomass. Calculate the heat of combustion of biofuels. Production of biodiesel from plant oils. Fossil energy ratio (FER).
3 Air Pollutants
Air pollutants and their sources; controlling emissions.
4 Electrochemical Cell
The electrochemical cell; Lead-acid battery; hydrogen gas; electrolysis; PEM fuel cell.
5 Waves and EM Radiation
Wave theory; sound; longitudinal waves; sound intensity; sound level; Environmental limits. Solar radiation: Electromagnetic spectrum; Wien's displacement law; energy of a photon of light; heat transfer by radiation; Stefan's law.
6 Radioactivity
Radioactivity, conservation of mass and energy, nuclear decay, alpha beta and gamma particles, radioactive half life. Nuclear fission, nuclear reactors. Fusion reactions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory pH meter 1,4 5.00 Week 2
Laboratory Efficiency of a solar panel 3,4 5.00 Week 4
Laboratory Energy transfer 1,4 5.00 Week 6
Continuous Assessment Mid-term test 1,2,3,4 10.00 Week 7
Laboratory Hydrogen fuel cell 1,4 5.00 Week 8
Laboratory Stefan's Law 3,4 5.00 Week 10
Laboratory The Spectrometer 4,5 5.00 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Practical Laboratory Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • John Andrews and Nick Jelley 2007, Energy science, 1st Ed., Oxford Press UK [ISBN: 9780199281121]
  • Roger A. Hinrichs, Merlin Kleinbach 2006, Energy: It's use and the Environment, 4th Ed., Thomson Brooks/Cole Belmont, CA [ISBN: 0495010855]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Johnson, Hewett, Holt and Miller, Nelson Thornes 2000, Advanced Physics for You, 1st Ed., US [ISBN: 0-7487-5296-X]
  • Kotz, Treichel, Weaver, 2006, Chemistry, 6th Ed., Thomson/ Brooks/Cole US [ISBN: 053499766-X]
  • Edited by Godfrey Boyle, Bob Everett and Janet Ramage 2004, Energy Systems and Sustainability, US [ISBN: 0-19-926179-2]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 2 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering 2 Mandatory