Syllabus for Wind Power Development and Management



  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1GV147
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Wind Power Project Management A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-26
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within engineering, science or social science. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify and explain a wind power project's phases
  • identify, analyse and evaluate the conditions and regulations affecting wind energy development
  • account for and evaluate contracts connected with wind power projects as well as assess insurance and compensation requirements
  • perform and evaluate simple cost analyses and evaluate the basic conditions for the financing of wind power projects
  • account for the basic structure and contents of a postgraduate thesis and critically reflect upon research findings and methodologies
  • clearly present an individual or group assignment within wind power in oral or written form
  • account for the importance of group dynamics in a successful team
  • describe their motivating value system as well as their learning styles
give an account of and analyse sustainability and deployment potential of energy sources


The course includes studies of sustainable development and energy sources as well as their deployment potential. Basic mathematical and physical concepts will be covered. An introduction to prerequisites for wind power development including how a wind turbine works, planning for wind energy, environmental impact, location and economic aspects will be given. The phases of wind power projects are studied. An individual project assignment is included where the student will research the possibility of building wind power at a specific location. Additionally, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical analysis and experimental design will be introduced together with the steps of academic reasoning. Oral and written presentations in a scientific context will be discussed and practiced in the course. Group dynamics, diversity and different values are also addressed. Students' learning styles and motivating value systems will be mapped and discussed. A competence inventory will be conducted and students will give feedback on other student's presentations and a group contract will be established.

A site study visit to an operating wind farm is included. Equal opportunities with respect to the Discrimination Act are addressed.


Lectures, seminars, group and field work.


Written hand-in assignments, seminars, workshop, study visit and negotiation exercise 7 credits
Oral presentations 3 credits

Written project report 5 credits

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Everett, Bob; Peake, Stephen; Warren, James Energy Systems and Sustainability – Power for a Sustainable Future.

    Oxford Press, 2021


    Chapter 1 and 14


  • Costanza, Robert The value of the world's ecosystem services and natural capital

    Part of:


    vol. 387 (1997) s. 253-260

    Find in the library

  • Rockström, Johan et al A safe operating space for humanity

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper, 2010

    Nature 461, pages 472 - 475


  • Learning from wind power : Governance, societal and policy perspectives on sustainable energy Szarka, Joseph.; Cowell, Richard.; Ellis, Geraint.; Strachan, Peter A.; Warren, Charles.

    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

    Pages 1 to 37.

    Find in the library

  • Kompletterande material

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper,

    Will be distributed at course start


  • Tonnquist, Bo Project management : [a guide to the theory and practice of project, program and portfolio management, and organizational change]

    2., [rev.] ed.: Stockholm: Sanoma utbildning, 2012

    Chapter 2 - 6, 150 pages.

    Find in the library

  • Noothout,, P The impact of risks in renewable energy investments and the role of smart policies.

    DiaCore, 2016

    The impact of risks in renewable energy investments and the role of smart policies.

    Chapter 1- 4.


  • Perrow, Martin R. Wildlife and wind farms, conflicts and solutions : Volume 1 Onshore: Potential Effects

    Exeter: Pelagic Publishing, 2017

    Read pages 1-20 and 241-271.

    Find in the library


  • Perrow, Martin R. Wildlife and wind farms, conflicts and solutions : Volume 2 Onshore: Monitoring and Mitigation

    Pelagic Publishing, 2017

    Find in the library

  • McCann, John IEA Wind TCP Annual Report 2020

    International Energy Agency, 2021

    Pages 1 to 25


  • Perrow, Martin R. Wildlife and wind farms, conflicts and solutions : Volume 3 offshore : potential effects

    Exeter: Pelagic Publishing, 2019

    Find in the library


  • Perrow, Martin R. Wildlife and wind farms, conflicts and solutions : Volume 4 Offshore : monitoring and mitigation

    Exeter: Pelagic Publishing, 2019

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26