This syllabus is divided into several sections. You can read it sequentially by scrolling down the length of the document or by clicking on any of the links below to “jump” to a specific section. It is essential that you read the entire document as well as material covered in the course Orientation. Together these serve as our course "contract."
- Course Overview
- Required Course Materials
- Assignments and Grading
- Course Schedule
- Tips for Success in EME 444
- Course Policies
- A note about contacting me: The best way to reach me with or without an appointment is via email. Please use Canvas email (see below). I check my email frequently, and will respond to you within 1 business day. As you will see in the course orientation, if you have a question regarding course content I request that you use the discussion board. This may help other students who have the same or similar question.
- Phone: (302)747-0638. You are welcome to call or text. If you need immediate help, a text message is the best way to get a hold of me. If I do not respond immediately, I will respond as soon as possible.
- E-mail: Please use the course e-mail system (see the Inbox tab in Canvas). It is important that you use Canvas email to contact me regarding course-related material. This will ensure that your email is given the proper level of urgency!
- Office Hours: I will check for and reply to messages at least once each workday, and most weekend days. Please contact me to make an appointment if you’d like to speak to me at a given time. I am flexible and will make every effort to accommodate your schedule. My schedule is generally most open weekday evenings and weekends
Description: Industry perspective on the resources, technologies, engineering approaches, and externalities involved in satisfying worldwide energy demand profitably and sustainably. A strong focus is placed on non-market actors and stakeholders.
Prerequisites: ECON 104 or equivalent, EGEE 102, EGEE 120. Please note, per university prerequisite policy students who do not meet these prerequisites may be dis-enrolled during the first 10-day free add-drop period. If you have not yet completed all of these courses, please contact the instructor to request a waiver or drop this course and retake it at a later date.
The global energy enterprise is the collective industry supplying the energy that an increasing majority of the world depends upon. The industry consists of many competing yet interdependent organizations. Some energy producers are large, but many are small; some are independently owned, others state-owned, and still others a little of both. A desired competitive advantage may be viewed in the context of the market environment alone. However, in the industry of global energy enterprise, a significant advantage can be won or lost due to nonmarket forces and strategies. The activities of the energy industry tend to generate large externalities that may be obscured, exported, or passed on to future generations. Social networking tools have reduced costs of coordination for collective action against externalization, potentially leading to impediments and even loss of access to markets. This suggests the critical need to learn both market and nonmarket strategies in the global energy enterprise.
The energy enterprise is technology-intensive. A vast technological infrastructure and highly skilled workforce is needed to discover, assess, extract, process, and distribute energy resources sufficient to power our globalized world. As energy demand increases, and easily recoverable resources are constrained, the enterprise relies increasingly on innovative technologies and engineering solutions to sustain production and profits. A primary objective of the course is to ensure students’ familiarity with established and emerging energy production, processing, and distribution technologies.
The energy enterprise is also capital-intensive, due to the high cost of building and maintaining energy infrastructures, and sustaining research and development efforts. Government regulation is often necessary to minimize risks that discourage capital investments and to incentivize investments in emerging technologies that may help countries achieve energy security and reduce the detrimental impacts of fossil fuel use. A secondary objective of the course is to equip students to prepare and defend recommendations for investments in emerging energy technologies and businesses.
EME 444 is designed to help students achieve three of the programmatic educational objectives established for the Energy and Sustainability Policy degree. It fosters energy industry knowledge by ensuring students’ ability to detect and correct misstatements and misconceptions about energy resources, technologies, and uses. It helps students achieve a global perspective through case studies of energy businesses and policy regimes worldwide. And it nurtures analytical skills by challenging students to discover, acquire, read, interpret, and evaluate information beyond what is provided by the instructor.
What I Expect of You
On average, most students spend 8 - 12 hours per week working on course assignments. Your workload may be more or less depending on your study habits and the extent of background knowledge and experience.
The designers of this course have worked hard to make this the most effective and convenient educational experience possible. The Internet may still be a novel learning environment for you, but in one sense it is no different than a traditional college class: how much and how well you learn is ultimately up to you. You will succeed if you are diligent about keeping up with the class schedule and if you take advantage of opportunities to communicate with me, as well as with your fellow students.
Specific learning objectives for each lesson and project are detailed within each lesson. The class schedule is published under the Calendar tab in Canvas (the course management system used for this course), as well as on the Home page of this class.
Required Course Materials
All materials needed for this course are presented online through this course website and in Canvas. In order to access full materials (specifically, those on Canvas), you need to have an active Penn State Access Account user ID and password (used to access the online course resources). If you have any questions about obtaining or activating your Penn State Access Account, please contact the Outreach Helpdesk.
Assignments and Grading
EME 444 will rely upon a variety of methods to assess and evaluate student learning, including:
- Weekly Activities Each lesson is accompanied by an Activity based on lesson content and assigned reading and, in some cases, utilizing models and data from a range of sources. The idea is to promote learning (and retention!) by applying new information in interesting ways. These Activities will be in the form of an Canvas quiz and will include a variety of question types, including short answer essay questions that may require additional independent research. Weekly Activities are to be done individually, representing YOUR own work.
- Case Study This is a Nonmarket Analysis Case Study completed as a Team Project. At the beginning of the semester you will be presented with a list of current case study issues (“topics”) and asked to complete an interest survey. Based on the survey results, each student will be assigned to a Team and given a Case Study Issue.
The Case study has three parts:
- Background & Status (Word document)
- Stakeholders & Summary Table (Word document)
- Strategy & Recommendations (Powerpoint presentation)
Detailed guidelines for each section are given in the Lesson content. The Team will receive one grade for each part of the Case Study. These grades will not be posted to the gradebook, but I will provide grades and feedback to each team.
After all parts of the Case Study are complete, each member of the team will complete a team assessment survey of individual contributions by each team member. The team will be given one total Case Study score. Individual scores for the Case Study will be calculated as: Team Score x Team Assessment of Contribution. Depending on your level of contribution to the Case Study, your individual score may be the same as the Team Score, or it may be lower or higher (not to exceed 100 points).
- Case Study Q&A (Canvas Discussion Forums) Each Case Study will be presented as a Q&A Discussion Forum. The Team that did the Case Study will be the Host of the forum and two other Teams will be assigned to participate as Audience members. Each student will participate in three Case Study Q&As (once as Host, twice as Audience). Participation in all three Discussion Forums is graded on an individual basis.
Due dates for all assignments are posted on the course calendar in Canvas. Assignments are due by midnight Eastern Standard Time.
Grades are assigned by the percentage of possible points earned in each Lesson's activities, as shown below.
|Course Orientation (Introduction and Survey)||1%|
|Weekly Activities (12 @ 5%)||60%|
|Nonmarket Analysis Case Study (Team Grade x Team Assessment of Contribution)||30%|
|Case Study Q & A (3 @ 3%)||9%|
I will use the Canvas gradebook to keep track of your grades. You can view your grades by clicking on the Grades tab in Canvas.
Overall course grades will be determined as follows. Percentages refer to the proportion of all possible points earned.
|X||Unsatisfactory (student did not participate)|
EME 444 Course Schedule
Below you will find a summary of the primary learning activities for this course and the associated time frames. This course is fifteen weeks in length. Some lessons are more than one week. See our Calendar in Canvas and on the Home page of this website for specific lesson time frames and assignment due dates.
|Module 1: Market and NonMarket Environments|
|Lesson 1: Nonmarket Analysis||
|Lesson 2: Public Politics||
|Lesson 3: Private Politics||
|Lesson 4: Energy Sector Special Topics||
|Module 2: Energy Enterprise|
|Lesson 5: Nuclear||
|Lesson 6: Coal||
|Lesson 7: Natural Gas||
|Lesson 8: Biomass and Hydro||
|Lesson 9: Solar and Wind||
|Module 3: Global Political Economies|
|Lesson 10: Europe||
|Lesson 11: China||
|Lesson 12: India||
Tips for Success in EME 444
- Subscribe to the "Questions about EME 444?" discussion forum - Go to the Canvas Discussions tab and click "Subscribe" under the "Questions about EME 444?" discussion forum. (No seriously, please go there now and do this!) If you do this, an email will be sent to your Canvas email everytime anyone posts to the forum. This way, you will keep up to date on questions that others have, and answers I provide. You are encouraged to do the same for the Coffee Shop forum - this is a good way to get you know your classmates and add some extra interest to the course.
- Participate—Odd as it seems, in many ways an online environment gives us greater opportunity to get to know one other and exchange ideas, challenges and interesting thoughts. As a working commuting student, I took many courses where I just made it to class after work and then scooted out the door to get home and tend family. Chats with others were hurried and simple. Sure we were “together” (in the same place), but our time was generally spent listening to the professor. Isn’t it interesting that now, without the constraint of having to be in the same place at the same time, we have more of a chance to communicate with one another? Use the course Discussion Forums to get to know one another, work together, learn from one another and even have a laugh. It’s a special opportunity. You’ll learn more, enjoy the course more, and probably earn a better grade.
- Do the work on time, or better yet, ahead of time —Activities, the Team Project, and Case study Discussion Forums are the learning assessment tools for this course. In this class, it won’t work to wait three weeks and then cram for an exam. There are no exams. The Activities are designed to be thought-provoking and in many cases require some interpretation. The designated Discussion Forums provide a place where you can work together to surface problems and questions and give me the chance to redirect or provide additional information if needed. I strongly advise not waiting until the last minute to start the week’s assignments. Give yourself time to ask, think, and interact with me and your classmates. None of the exercises are timed, so you can start and stop them as you please until they are due. I am more than happy to provide feedback if you have a question after beginning an assignment, but will likely not be available at the last minute. It is always a good idea to start early!
- Be responsible and honest—I’m glad you’re taking this course and hope it is a rewarding experience for you with long-lasting benefits. Let’s keep it a good thing. Please review our course policy on Academic Integrity described above. Treat yourself, your classmates, and the instructor with honesty and respect at all times. I'll do the same.
For this course, we recommend the minimum technical requirements outlined on the World Campus Technical Requirements page, including the requirements listed for same-time, synchronous communications. If you need technical assistance at any point during the course, please contact the Outreach Helpdesk (for World Campus students) or the IT Service Desk (for students at all other campus locations).
Access to a reliable broadband Internet connection is required for this course. A problem with your Internet access may not be used as an excuse for late, missing, or incomplete coursework. If you experience problems with your Internet connection while working on this course, it is your responsibility to find an alternative Internet access point, such as a public library or wireless hotspot.
This site is considered a secure website, which means that your connection is encrypted. We do, however, link to content that isn't necessarily encrypted. This is called mixed content. By default, mixed content is blocked in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. This may result in a blank page or a message saying that only secure content is displayed. Follow the directions on our technical requirements page of the course orientation to view the mixed content.
This course must be viewed using one of the following browsers: Firefox (any version), Safari (versions 5.1 or 6.0), Chrome (0.3 or later), or Internet Explorer with the MathPlayer PlugIn. If you use any other browser, there will be pages containing equations that do not render properly. If you need technical assistance at any point during the course, please contact the Outreach Helpdesk (for World Campus students) or the IT Service Desk (for students at all other campus locations).
Penn State E-mail Accounts
All official communications from the Penn State World Campus are sent to students' Penn State e-mail accounts. Be sure to check your Penn State account regularly, or forward your Penn State e-mail to your preferred e-mail account, so you don't miss any important information.
This course follows the guidelines for academic integrity of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Penn State defines academic integrity as "the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner." Academic integrity includes "a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception." In particular, the University defines plagiarism as "the fabrication of information and citations; submitting others' work from professional journals, books, articles, and papers; submission of other students' papers, lab results or project reports and representing the work as one's own." Penalties for violations of academic integrity may include course failure. To learn more, see Penn State's "Plagiarism Tutorial for Students."
All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor’s express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy for the Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University’s Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources (SDR) website provides contact information for every Penn State campus: Contacts for Disability Services at all Penn State Campuses. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources (SDR) website.
In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.
Mental Health Services
Whether you study on campus or online, mental health services are available to help you maintain your academic success. Penn State provides resources to address concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and stress, and provides mental health advocates who can help you. If you are a resident student, resources can be found at Counseling and Psychological Services. If you are a World Campus student, please see the student website for further information. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis situation, please call your local emergency service.
Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.
In case of weather-related delays at the University, this online course will proceed as planned. Your instructor will inform you if there are any extenuating circumstances regarding content or activity due dates in the course due to weather delays. If you are affected by a weather-related emergency, please contact your instructor at the earliest possible time to make special arrangements.
Connect Online with Caution
Penn State is committed to educational access for all. Our students come from all walks of life and have diverse life experiences. As with any other online community, the lack of physical interaction in an online classroom can create a false sense of anonymity and security. While one can make new friends online, digital relationships can also be misleading. Good judgment and decision making are critical when choosing to disclose personal information with others whom you do not know.
If you are prevented from completing this course within the prescribed amount of time, it is possible to have the grade deferred with the concurrence of the instructor. To seek a deferred grade, you must submit a written request (by e-mail or U.S. post) to your instructor describing the reason(s) for the request. It is up to your instructor to determine whether or not you will be permitted to receive a deferred grade. If, for any reason, the course work for the deferred grade is not complete by the assigned time, a grade of "F" will be automatically entered on your transcript.
This course will be conducted entirely online. There will be no set class meeting times, but you will be required to complete assignments with specific due dates. Many of the assignments are open for multiple days. It is your responsibility to complete the work on time, which may require you to complete the work early if you plan to travel or participate in national holidays, religious observances, or University-approved activities.
If you need to request an exception due to a personal or medical emergency, contact the instructor directly as soon as you are able. The instructor's ability to accommodate you is dependent on the earliest possible notification. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that the specifics of this Course Syllabus can be changed at any time, and you will be responsible for abiding by any such changes. All changes will be communicated with you via e-mail, course announcement and/or course discussion forum.