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Quick Facts about EGEE 401
- Instructor: Dr. Vera J. Cole, Senior Lecturer, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
- Overview: EGEE 401 is a required course in Penn State's online Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Masters of Education in Earth Sciences. This course evaluates the existing energy infrastructure and energy/fuel use, both domestic and international, along with evolving technologies, implementation and challenges in meeting energy demands in a carbon constrained world. Students will understand the interrelationships between legislative, technology, environmental, and international factors associated with energy production, processing, distribution, and utilization.
- Learning Environment: This Web site provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu at left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. ANGEL, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course, as well as to provide the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
- Topics of Study: There are 11 lessons, divided into 5 units of study, which will be completed at a rate of 1 lesson per week, followed by one Capstone Project. Assignments will be in the form of Lesson Activities (based on assigned reading for each lesson and utilizing models and data from a range of sources), Discussion Forums (lively discussion of questions involving personal opinion and original thinking), and a Capstone Project (Letters to the Editor, Research Paper or a Lesson Plan on topics of your choice subject to instructor approval). Due dates for all assignments are posted on the course calendar in ANGEL.
- Unit 1—Energy Principles
- Lesson 1: Energy Concepts
- Lesson 2: Energy Transformations
- Unit 2—Environmental Challenges
- Lesson 3: Climate Change: Current and Projected Impacts
- Lesson 4: Processes of Climate Change
- Unit 3—International Electricity: Generation, Use and Growth
- Lesson 5: Electricity Demand and Management
- Lesson 6: Electricity Energy Sources: Non-Renewable
- Lesson 7: Electricity Energy Sources: Renewable
- Unit 4—Transportation Fuel Use and Challenges
- Lesson 8: Transportation Fuels: Non-Renewable
- Lesson 9: Transportation Fuels: Renewable
- Unit 5—Environmental Solutions: Technical and Legislative Approaches
- Lesson 10: Assessment and Technical Solutions
- Lesson 11: Legislative and Policy Approaches
- Capstone Project
- Lesson 12: Capstone Project
- Unit 1—Energy Principles