EBF 301
Global Finance for the Earth, Energy, and Materials Industries

Lesson 1 Activity


For our first lesson activity, you're going to do something simple but important: introduce yourself and get to know some of your classmates while researching a topic in the course. Getting to know each other now will help us collaborate and benefit from each other.


Now is the time where we will use L1 Activity forum to submit a Learning Activity.

Part I: Write your introduction.

Post your introduction in the Lesson 1 Activity.

Your entry should consist of two paragraphs.

First paragraph

In the first paragraph try to answer the following questions.

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you?
  • What degree are you pursuing or thinking of pursuing?
  • What is your academic year?
  • Are you currently working? If not, what are your career objectives?
  • What is your interest in this course?
  • What do you hope to gain from this course?

Please Note

Despite the reference to alternative & renewables energy sources in the course description, we will spend very little time discussing them. This course focuses on oil, natural gas, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The reason for this is that these energy commodities are heavily traded in financial futures markets. Understanding how these financial markets work is the primary goal of this course.

Second paragraph

There is considerable debate as to the economic viability and benefits of developing and using “alternative” fuels. Conduct some cursory research on alternative fuels (all of them) to evaluate the “pros and cons” of each of those presented in Lesson 1. Specifically, your post should address each of the following, with citations to the research that you did.

  1. Type (biofuel, biomass, solar, etc.)
  2. Cost to produce (cheap or expensive - relatively speaking, not specific)
  3. Emissions profile – low, medium, high
  4. Feedstock – agricultural (food source, grasses, grains, etc), “natural” (geothermal, solar, wind)
  5. Likelihood of increased use (none, low, medium, high)

Part II: Read and comment on other students' posts.

After Part I has been completed, posts from all students will be available. Read through entries by about 10 other students to get some understanding for who else is in the class. Pick two of these students to respond to with comments on their entries. Pick students whose entries do not already have a comment on them. If all of the entries already have comments, then pick students whose entries only have one comment on them. Also, pick students whose entries are interesting to you for any reason.

Post a comment on the two entries you have chosen. Briefly introduce yourself. Then respond to their entries in some way. You might also explain why their entries caught your interest, or say something else that comes to your mind. What you say does not need to be sophisticated in any way. The only requirement is for you to be polite and respectful.

Length: Use your own discretion, as long as you address all of the prompts in the assignment above.

Value: 20 points, as per the EBF 301 grading scale on the course syllabus.

Submitting Your Work

This assignment should be completed by posting an original entry in the Canvas discussion forum no later than Sunday, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time Zone. Your entry should begin with your name. Don't forget to read other students' entries and comment in order to receive full credit! If you are having difficulties accessing the Canvas discussion forum, please contact your instructor immediately for technical support.