EME 811
Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry



Before we begin our semester of study together, it is important that you review all of the material on the course orientation pages (there are several) and on our course syllabus. These resources will prepare you to be successful in this course and will make the journey over the next 12 weeks significantly easier. 

What will we learn about in the Course Orientation?

  • the structure of EME 811
  • an overview of Canvas, Penn State's course management system
  • technical requirements for EME 811
  • how to succeed in this course
  • where to get course assistance if you need it

What is due for the Course Orientation?

Optimally, you should complete the Orientation before we begin Lesson 1 so you are prepared.

The following list is an overview of the activities that must be completed for the Orientation. Detailed directions and submission instructions are located on the page containing the assignment within this orientation.

(You may want to print this page to serve as a checklist as you go along.)

  1. Personalize your Canvas space.
  2. Set up your Canvas notifications.
  3. Access the University Libraries.
  4. Log in to this website.
  5. Introduce yourself and meet the rest of the class.

Have you looked at the syllabus yet?

This Orientation complements and expands on the information provided on the syllabus. If you haven't read it, be sure to review that document carefully! It is linked from this website and may also be available in Canvas.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions and Answers discussion forum, located under the Discussions tab in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.

Keep reading!

Once you are ready, click the next link in the Course Orientation menu and work all the way to the end of the list. On the following pages, you will find important information about the course structure, requirements, scheduling, and technical requirements and assistance—all of which you'll need to know in order to pass the course. Remember, you are also responsible for the information located on our course syllabus.