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

Lesson 1 Activity


Part I: Write your introduction

For our first lesson activity, you're going to do something simple but important: introduce yourself and get to know some of your classmates. Getting to know each other now will help us collaborate and benefit from each other. Write your introduction in the Lesson 1 Discussion Forum.

  • 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?

Part II: Research on alternative fuels

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 submission 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)

Submit your answers as a word or PDF file to the Lesson 1 Activity in Canvas.

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

Value: 20 points, as per the grading rubric.

Submitting Your Work

This assignment should be completed by submitting your work in the Canvas  L1 Activity dropbox no later than Sunday, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time Zone. Your entry should begin with your name.