Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ESE5502 Sustainable Energy Systems Spring 3 0 3 8
The course opens with the approval of the Department at the beginning of each semester

Basic information

Language of instruction: En
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi CANAN ACAR
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi CANAN ACAR
Course Objectives: The objectives of the course is to teach the students the tradeoffs inherent in sustainability; to lead them to learn technology and technology dependent energy policy options and provide an assessment frame work to produce alternative solutions. In this respect, the conventional and renewable energy resources and the existing and future’s technologies will be examined in relation to their environmental strengths and weaknesses, their economic viability and their ability to satisfy the ever evolving regulatory expectations of the world community.

Learning Outputs

The students who have succeeded in this course;
I. Understand the pillars on which sustainability stands and the importance of energy as one of the pillars
II. Identify the differences between different energy resources as far as sustainability is considered
III. Comprehend the local regional and global effects of energy production and consumption.
IV. Know the economic evaluations pertaining to energy and the rest of the economy
V. Understands various sustainability indicators and the sustainability metrics
VI. Differentiate between various fossil fuels and their contribution to human processes.
VII. Knows the issues related to fossil fuels from exploration , discovery , extraction to final use.
VIII. Comprehend and analyze the environmental impacts of fossil fuels.
IX. Differentiate between various new and renewable energy sources and their contribution to human processes
X. Knows the issues related to new and renewable energy resources
XI. Comprehend the role of policy measures and regulations in the field of sustainable energy

Course Content

Wide aspects of energy use from the viewpoints of sustainability, resource availability, technical performance, environmental effects, and economics. The course shows the tools to make “informed energy choices” and review the technology, environmental impacts and economics of main energy sources like nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal energies and hydro power. Covers the relationships between the development of technology, energy resources, and energy technologies available today.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to Sustainable Energy
2) Energy Resources and Sustainability
3) Homework Presentations: Personal energy consumption and ways to control it Homework 1
4) Local, Regional and Global Environmental Effects of Energy Production and Consumption
5) Economics of sustainability
6) Energy systems and sustainability metrics.
7) Homework 2 presentations Homework 2
8) Fossil Fuels and fossil energy
9) Review of the subjects covered.
10) Environmental effects offossil fuels and fossil energy
11) Nuclear Energy
12) HW 3 Presentations
13) New and renewable energy sources in the context of sustainable energy
14) Complexity of the sustainable energy systems
15) Studying for the final examination: review of basic concepts
16) Studying for the final examination: solving numerical problems


Course Notes: Ders notları/pp sunumları Referans kitap: J. W. Tester, E. M. Drake, M. W. Golay, M. J. Driscoll, and W. A. Peters ,“Sustainable Energy- Choosing Among Options”,1995 Lecture Notes and pp presentations Reference(s): J. W. Tester, E. M. Drake, M. W. Golay, M. J. Driscoll, and W. A. Peters ,“Sustainable Energy- Choosing Among Options”,1995
References: Makaleler ders sırasında bildirilecektir. Papers to be announced later.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 10 % 10
Laboratory % 0
Application % 0
Field Work % 0
Special Course Internship (Work Placement) % 0
Quizzes % 0
Homework Assignments 3 % 15
Presentation 3 % 10
Project % 0
Seminar % 0
Midterms 1 % 25
Preliminary Jury % 0
Final 1 % 40
Paper Submission % 0
Jury % 0
Bütünleme % 0
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Laboratory 0 0 0
Application 0 0 0
Special Course Internship (Work Placement) 0 0 0
Field Work 0 0 0
Study Hours Out of Class 16 4 64
Presentations / Seminar 3 12 36
Project 0 0 0
Homework Assignments 3 18 54
Quizzes 0 0 0
Preliminary Jury 0 0 0
Midterms 1 2 2
Paper Submission 0 0 0
Jury 0 0 0
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 200

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Have sufficient theoretical background in mathematics, basic sciences and other related engineering areas and to be able to use this background in the field of energy systems engineering.
2) Be able to identify, formulate and solve energy systems engineering-related problems by using state-of-the-art methods, techniques and equipment.
3) Be able to design and do simulation and/or experiment, collect and analyze data and interpret the results.
4) Be able to access information, to do research and use databases and other information sources.
5) Have an aptitude, capability and inclination for life-long learning.
6) Be able to take responsibility for him/herself and for colleagues and employees to solve unpredicted complex problems encountered in practice individually or as a group member.
7) Develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
8) Develop an ability to apply the fundamentals of engineering mathematics and sciences into the field of energy conversion.
9) Develop an understanding of the obligations for implementing sustainable engineering solutions.
10) Develop an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
11) Realize all steps of a thesis or a project work, such as literature survey, method developing and implementation, classification and discussion of the results, etc.