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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Modern Technology 1: Eng. Trans.Elect. Pwr.
Module Code PS129
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eamonn Cunningham
Semester 2: Eamonn Cunningham
Autumn: Eamonn Cunningham
Module TeachersEamonn Cunningham
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

An introduction to modern technology, at a non-technical level, but sufficient to give an appropriate background to people using and marketing these technologies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Specify the main sources of energy in the modern world
2. Discuss different fossil fuels, their problems and environmental impact.
3. Discuss non-fossil fuel energy sources such as nuclear and renewable energy.
4. Indicate the main features of electricity and the electric power system

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Assignment Completion10Essay research for exam
Independent Study93independent learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Energy & Power
Introduction to energy & power. Units and different types of energy. Energy conservation and efficiency.

Fossil fuels
Different fossil fuels, their advantages and problems. Fuel reserves and the environmental impact of burning them.

Nuclear power
The advantages, limitations and problems of nuclear energy. Radioactivity & nuclear waste.

Renewable energy sources
Wind, solar, hydroelectric & other renewable energy sources. Energy conservation.

Transport : Fossil fuels
The use and limitations of fossil fuel powered transport. Petrol, diesel & jet engines.

Transport : The alternatives
Non-fossil fuel powered transport. Electric & hybrid vehicles.

Electric voltage current and power. Batter & mains electricity. Electrical safety.

Mains power supply systems.
How the mains electricity system works and the different systems in use.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life. (2nd edition) Louis A Bloomfield. Wiley and Sons 2001,
Other Resources

8722, Lecture notes on Moodle, E Cunningham, 2013, PS129 lecture notes,
Programme or List of Programmes
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
Date of Last Revision07-DEC-10

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