EMSC 302
Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy

Welcome to EMSC 302!

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Quick Facts

  • Instructor - Haley Sankey, Assistant Teaching Professor, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Authors - There are a number of individuals who have contributed content, ideas or activities to this orientation course. They include each of the faculty involved in the Energy and Sustainability Policy program.
  • Overview - EMSC 302 is a required course for the Energy Sustainability and Policy online degree programs, geared towards students who are studying at a distance. EMSC 302 provides an orientation to the goals of the Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) degree program, helping students to successfully prepare for the five program learning outcomes. The course covers topics that are designed to provide an initial understanding of program outcomes: energy industry knowledge, global perspective, analytical skills, communication skills, and sustainability ethics. Students are expected to actively engage in discussions and work hands-on with online tools in activities that will allow them to gain an understanding of what it means to successfully participate as an ESP student in different educational and course contexts. Students are evaluated based on active class participation, written assignments, and quizzes. This course is intended to be taken during the first semester after being admitted to the ESP program.
  • Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. Beginning this semester, we're using Penn State's learning management system, Canvas, to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
  • Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week. Lesson learning activities take the form of discussions, quizzes, and online learning activities. For a detailed course schedule for this semester, please see the course syllabus.
    • Lesson 1: Orientation
    • Lesson 2: Canvas
    • Lesson 3: Library Literacy and Academic Integrity
    • Lesson 4: Communication Skills, Part 1
    • Lesson 5: Communication Skills, Part 2
    • Lesson 6: Energy Industry Knowledge
    • Lesson 7: Analytical Skills
    • Lesson 8: Sustainability
    • Lesson 9: Global Perspective
    • Lesson 10: Global Citizenship
    • Lesson 11: Sustainability Ethic, Part 1
    • Lesson 12: Sustainability Ethic, Part 2
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This course is offered as part of the Open Educational Resources initiative of Penn State's John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. You are welcome to use and reuse materials that appear in this site (other than those copyrighted by others) subject to the licensing agreement linked to the bottom of this and every page.

Only students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Energy and Sustainability program is available at the ESP Program Office.