Curricular Unit:Code:
Energy, Environment and Sustainability831EASU
1UndergraduateComputer Systems Engineering3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The introduction of this optional course has the objective of complementing the knowledge of the role and the environmental impact of the various forms of exploration, production and use of energy. Special emphasis will be given to the impact on climate change.
Additional soft skills to be worked on are:
• Work autonomously and in a team;
• Ability to for Planning and Organization;
• Ability to make decisions;
• Ability to self-learning;
• Ability to apply knowledge;
• Ability to adapt to new situations;
• Ability of Oral and Written Communication;
• Development of interpersonal relations.
At the end of the course, students should have specific skills such as:
• Know the role of energy in the various models of human development;
• Know the different energy resources, forms of production and associated environmental impacts;
• Know the energy policies, national and international.
Chapter 1 - Introductory Concepts
1.1. Environment and human development
1.2. Energy
1.3. Energy and environment
Chapter 2 - Energy: Production and Environmental Impact
2.1. Non-renewable energy
2.2. Renewable energy
2.3. Energy statistics
Chapter 3 - Energy policy of the European Union
3.1. The "Energy Union"
3.2. The Energy Strategy: 2020, 2030 and 2050
3.3. The strategy for security of supply
Chapter 4 - The Portuguese Energy System
4.1. Characterization of the national energy system
4.2. National energy policy
4.3. The role of ERSE
Chapter 5 - Energy and Climate Change
5.1. The role of the IPCC
5.2. Mitigation and adaptation strategies
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The contents are consistent with the objectives formulated for the course as the topics included in the program cover in detail aspects related to energy production and its environmental impacts, including management of CO2 emissions the impact of CCS technologies.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The teaching methodologies are mainly expositive, interrogative and demonstrative, both during classes and tutorial orientation sessions. Case-studies are frequently used, in order to allow the interpretation and correct application of theoretical knowledge. Students are encouraged and oriented to perform research essays. Whenever possible, lectures with external guests are promoted.
The evaluation is continuous, through the practical application of knowledge in individual or group assignments, and research essays, as well as two Close-book tests.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
8. Demonstration of the methodologies coherence with the curricular unit’s learning objectives. (3000 caracteres) The methodologies of teaching and learning of this course were programmed in order to maximize a global view of the problems of energy and environment by the students as well as the policies and techniques applicable in its resolution, including the management of CO2 emissions and the impact of CCS technologies. The teaching methodologies are consistent with the objectives of the course as the expository method associated with analysis of concrete situations, to further work on partial aspects, allow understanding of the challenges facing the future professionals.
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