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Alternate Energy Resources

Course Number: RET 102
Transcript Title: Alternate Energy Resources
Created: February 21, 2013
Updated: December 19, 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

Course Description

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.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between different energy sources including carbon-based and alternative sources.
  2. Describe at least six sources of alternative energy.
  3. Explain at least six ways that alternative energy is created.
  4. Compare micro-grids with utility scale power generation and distribution.
  5. Explore options for long-term environmental solutions.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed on the following basis:

  1. 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.
  2. Graded class attendance and participation.

Course Activities and Design

Student review of online resources and discussion are the instructional methods used. Students will …

  1. Attend and actively participate in class discussions.
  2. Complete written assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Alternative Energy Options:
    • Biomass/Biofuel
    • Geothermal
    • Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
    • Hydroelectric and Ocean Wave
    • Solar and Wind
    • Nuclear
  • Clean Coal / A Role for Fossil Fuels?
  • Micro-grids (community-based renewable power generation systems)
  • Utility scale power transmission