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Unit description

This unit presents the potential benefit to society that renewable materials and bioenergy can bring. It introduces students to the chemistry, physiology and anatomy of a variety renewable organic materials, and how material properties can be managed during production and processing to enable utilisation in the human environment. Finally, the conversion of biomass to energy fuel is considered, and the specific challenges these resources present in competition with non renewable mineral energy and fuel.

Unit content

This unit examines:

the current state of material use in the human environment, and the problems that renewable materials can overcome.

the wide variety of material types and properties available from plants

how renewable materials are commonly used in the human environment and potential future uses

and how biomass can be exploited to produce carbon neutral energy and fuel.

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1know the general chemistry and anatomy of the major classes of relevant plants and how these contribute to material properties
2demonstrate knowledge of the properties of woody material that contribute to utility/value, how they are expressed and how they are measured in the field and in a laboratory
3explain the connection between the features of living plants, the variation that occurs within a resource, and the impacts these have on utilisation
4demonstrate an understanding of the principles of conversion of renewable plant materials to consumer goods, fuels and energy

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. know the general chemistry and anatomy of the major classes of relevant plants and how these contribute to material properties
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the properties of woody material that contribute to utility/value, how they are expressed and how they are measured in the field and in a laboratory
  3. explain the connection between the features of living plants, the variation that occurs within a resource, and the impacts these have on utilisation
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of conversion of renewable plant materials to consumer goods, fuels and energy

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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