Course syllabus NZEAG - Nontraditional Energy Sources in Agricultural Sector (FA - WS 2019/2020)

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Course code: NZEAG
Course title in language of instruction: Netradiční zdroje energie v agrosektoru
Course title in Czech: Nontraditional Energy Sources in Agricultural Sector
Course title in English: Nontraditional Energy Sources in Agricultural Sector
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: master continuing
Semester: WS 2019/2020
Name of lecturer: doc. Ing. Martin Fajman, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites: not Alternative Energy Sources or now Alternative Energy Sources
Aims of the course:
The goal of the course is to identify opportunities in alternative energy sources application in agriculture and following sectors. Wider relations in AES application, namely biomass origin ones will be presented on theoretical analyses. Further, technologies and their operational factors in terms of economical evaluation will lead to make students able to bring self-decision making. Besides, ecological impacts of energy sector are emphasized for a sustainable establishing of energy sources, their technologies and energy intensity.
Furthermore, besides the principal introduction of individual technologies, the other goal of the course is to identify entrepreneur opportunities in the field in connection with legislation rules on the EU policies as well as national ones.
Student outcomes then mean an orientation in energy flows problems, energy sources structures in connection with environmental indicators; and finally the course improves the abilities of decision making in business matters in terms of energetics.
Course contents:
1.Course Introduction (allowance 2/2)
a.Principal terminology.
b.Relations among energetics, ecology and economy.
c.Energy sources, energy intensity and savings.

2.Agriculture in a point of view of energy (allowance 1/1)
a.History and development of energy intensity in agriculture.
b.Agriculture as a consumer and produces of energies, consumption in relation to the other sectors of national economy.
c.Substitutes of conventional energy sources, energy saving in agriculture.

3.Legislation and official ways of alternative energy sources support (allowance 2/1)
a.Legislation of RES.
b.Direct and indirect tools of support.

4.Energy of biomass (allowance 3/2)
a.Thermo-chemical transformations.
b.Bio-chemical transformations.
c.Physical and chemical transformations.
d.Problems of biofuels application in the CR, EU and worldwide. Biofuels of the II. generation.

5.Other types of AES (allowance 3/4)
a.Direct solar energy usage.
b.Solar energy utilization through natural processes except biomass.
c.Passive solar energy usage.

6.Identification of business opportunities and their sustainability analysis (allowance 1/2)
a.Practical applications of AES.
b.Case study, business plan and feasibility study.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-Ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-Ability to work in international context
-Capacity to adapt to new situations

Specific competences:
-Ability of an independent decision making in terms of entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy sector
-Ability to orientate in problems of flows of energy, energy sources and their relations in connection with environmental issues
-Interdisciplinary approach to conceptual decision making in the scope of junior and senior management
-Knowledge of assesment and evaluation of energy intensity
-Knowledge of energy problems application into a field of agriculture production

Type of course unit: optional
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice4 h
     seminar18 h
     consultation2 h
     project work2 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular testing24 h
     preparation of presentation14 h
     writing of seminar paper38 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
The course is finished by oral exam (40 % of final mark). Credit awarded is required for a participation in oral exam. Credit is awarded based on oral presentation (0-10 points) contribution 10% to final evaluation; further, on handing out and defense of a case study (0-10 points - 20% of final evaluation); and finally, on passing of electronic test (minimum 40%, while subtracting points for wrong answers) contribution 30% to final result. All named activities are compulsory for passing of the course.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQCENEK, M.Obnovitelné zdroje energiePrahaFCC Public200180-901985-8-9
RQBERANOVSKÝ, J.Obnovitelné zdroje energiePrahaFCC PUBLIC s.r.o.200180-901985-8-9
REDEMIRBAS, A.Biofuels: securing the planet’s future energy needsLondonSpringer2009978-1-84882-010-4
REMACKAY, D.Sustainable Energy - without the hot air


Last modification made by Ing. Michal Karhánek on 04/12/2019.

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