Alternate Energy Resources
Course Number: RET 102
Transcript Title: Alternate Energy Resources
Created: February 21, 2013
Updated: August 15, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Introduces potential alternatives to carbon-based power generation (coal and oil) including biomass/biofuel, geothermal, hydrogen and fuel cells, hydroelectric, ocean wave, solar, wind, and nuclear energy. Discusses the potential role of clean coal as a bridge to implementing long-term environmental solutions.Explores micro-grids (community-based renewable power generation systems) as an alternative to utility-scale technologies. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Distinguish between different energy sources including carbon-based and alternative sources.
- Describe at least six sources of alternative energy.
- Explain at least six ways that alternative energy is created.
- Compare micro-grids with utility scale power generation and distribution.
- Explore options for long-term environmental solutions.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be assessed on the following basis:
- Graded written assignments.
- Specifically, students are required to provide written answers to questions about each week’s topic. This is graded according to a formal rubric which assess the quality of the student’s response.
- Graded class attendance and participation.
Course Activities and Design
Student review of online resources and discussion are the instructional methods used. Students will …
- Attend and actively participate in class discussions.
- Complete written assignments.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Alternative Energy Options:
- Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
- Hydroelectric and Ocean Wave
- Solar and Wind
- Clean Coal / A Role for Fossil Fuels?
- Micro-grids (community-based renewable power generation systems)
- Utility scale power transmission