Academic Curriculum

MSc in Sustainable Energy Development

Interdisciplinary Courses

The program's courses and Capstone Project reflect all facets of the sustainable energy industry:

SEDV 601: Energy Systems I: Non-Renewable Energy

Interactions between non-renewable energy resources and the environment; Exploration, production and exploitation of energy resources, including petroleum, oil sands, natural gas, coal, nuclear, coal-bed methane; Technical, economic and environmental aspects of production and use of non-renewable energy.

SEDV 603: Energy Systems II: Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources leading to global sustainable energy infrastructure: wind, hydro, solar photovoltaic, solar heat collection, geothermal, biomass, cogeneration; System level physical modelling; Steady-state turbine operation; introductory thermodynamics; Economic tools, such as levelized cost of energy analysis.

SEDV 605: Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Indigenous Cultures

Inter-relationships between ecological systems, sustainability and aboriginal cultures; Review of government policies with regard to environmental issues; Case based analysis of selected issues and strategic management mechanisms for dealing with aboriginal concerns in resource project development and the approval process; Aboriginal law and its relation to resource development.

SEDV 607: Water Pollution and its Impact on the Energy Sector

Causes and consequences of water pollution; Technologies for prevention, mitigation and control of pollutant effluents including those related to energy projects; Water usage and management in energy development.

SEDV 609: Air Pollution and its Impact on the Energy Sector

Causes and consequences of air pollution; Technologies for prevention, mitigation and control of pollutant emissions including those related to energy projects; Greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on global warming.

SEDV 611: Land Pollution and Waste Management in the Energy Sector

Causes and consequences of land pollution; Technologies for prevention, minimization, mitigation and control of pollution from solid waste including those related to energy projects; Management of contaminated sites; Waste to energy practices.

SEDV 613: Energy Systems III: Planning and Energy Economics

Financial principles and evaluation techniques; Application to energy investment planning and to assessment of foundations in energy economics and policies; Financial decision-making tools to support environmental and social initiatives, programs, investments and projects.

SEDV 615: Environmental Impact Assessment in the Energy Sector

Principles and professional practice of environmental impact assessment, with application to energy development projects.

SEDV 617: Human Resources and Management in the Energy Sector

Major concepts and theories of management and organizational dynamics as they impact on the energy sector; Interpersonal effectiveness and self-awareness, motivation, group dynamics, project teams, supportive communication, stress, leadership, power, influence and conflict, organizational culture, processes of change.

SEDV 619: Environmental Law in the Energy Sector

Legal systems, nature and sources; International environmental law and its implementation; Fundamental legal concepts including jurisdiction, procedural fairness, liability, property and contract; Environmental regulatory systems and alternative instruments; Judicial review; Enforcement and compliance; Alternative dispute resolution.

SEDV 621: Environmental Management Tools in the Energy Sector

Implementing strategy through environmental management systems, including tools and methods to achieve environmental goals from compliance of laws and regulations to leadership in environmental innovation; Tools and methods explored include policies, structures, indicators, audits, and reporting.

SEDV 623: Strategic Environmental Planning for Energy Organizations

Implementing strategy through environmental management systems, including tools and methods to achieve environmental goals from compliance of laws and regulations to leadership in environmental innovation; Tools and methods explored include policies, structures, indicators, audits, and reporting.

SEDV 631: Life Cycle Assessment in the Energy Sector

The concept of life cycle assessment (LCA) as it applies to energy production and consumption from an environmental and sustainability perspective; Use of LCA to support informed decision-making for improved environmental performance of energy projects and for avoiding problem-shifting and sub-optimization.

SEDV 699: Topics in Energy & the Environment

Study of selected topics related to energy and the environment and related subjects. Specific course(s) will reflect changing needs and faculty interests. This course will be offered as needed.

Capstone Project

A capstone project is a requirement of this program. Students’ progress through a 3 course series (1 half-course equivalent in total) to develop and complete an interdisciplinary project, reflecting a minimum of 3 areas of study, with energy and environment as the 2 anchors. What new and innovative ways will your project contribute to current knowledge?

SEDV 640 Capstone Project I: Research Design

Identification of potential capstone project research questions that are anchored in energy, environment and one other aspect of the student’s choice; Development of research designs and skills to determine the feasibility of investigating potential research questions, narrowing options, and advancing the best option into a short proposal.

SEDV 641 Capstone Project II: Proposal Development

Writing a comprehensive proposal designed to answer a research question. Seeking approval from a supervisor with expertise on the chosen topic, with guidance from the course instructor. Verbally presenting the research question and convincing the audience of its importance. Continuing investigation of the research question with progress reports submitted to both the supervisor and the course instructor.

SEDV 642 Capstone Project III: Research Exploration and Examination

Exploring the research question through an in-depth literature review, data collection, and analyses of the aspects of energy, environment, and one other. Completion and submission of a final report, professionally prepared, that explains the exploration and examination used. Presentation of findings.

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