Module code: ENGM245

Module Overview

Solar Energy is quite wide and large subject. It based on different branches of science and technologies. The model is focused on photo-voltaic side of solar energy applications. It tries to deal with the subject from different angles of consideration; the physics base, technology development, technical work, system design and economics.  

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

CECELJA Franjo (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None Qualifying Conditions(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module 

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to the Solar PV :

  • Solar thermal

  • The silicon p-n Junction

  • Solar cell construction

  • PV connection

  • PV System Sizing

  • PV wiring

  • PV Thermal

  • Economic factors

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 50
Examination EXAMINATION - 2 HOURS 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate his/ her gained knowledge and skills in the module. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One course work of 50%.

  • 2 hours unseen examination of 50%. 

Formative assessment



  • Formative verbal feedback is given during in-class problem solving and discussion sessions.

  • Formative feedback on coursework is given verbally and available on SurreyLearn to the problem formulation and solution.

Module aims

  • Provide students with a systematic understanding of current knowledge, problems and insights in solar photo-voltaic technologies
  • Train students to evaluate current research and advances in this field
  • Enable students to evaluate solar PV technologies, developing critiques and proposing solutions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001   Obtain knowledge and understanding of the established techniques of research and enquiry; assess the available solar PV technology; design and select appropriate collection and storage and optimise and evaluate system design. K
002 Acquire and develop the thinking skills to demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving; to gather design data; to synthesise and evaluate data; to analyse published works and to plan, conduct and report. KC
003 Acquire and develop practical skills to design different PV systems; to analyse a design and predict its performance; to evaluate the overall performance of systems and to demonstrate the benefits of these technologies. P
004 Acquire and develop transferable skills to structure and communicate ideas; to act autonomously in planning and implementing; to participate in groups and to work independently and with initiative; to find, assess and use information and to manage time and work to deadlines. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

33 hrs of combined lectures/problem-solving classes, 2 hrs unseen examination, and 115 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • lectures, tutorials 18 hrs,

  • class discussion, example solving, systems design 12 hrs

  • revision 3 hrs

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Batteries, Fuel Cells and Energy Storage Systems MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.