Jun 05, 2023  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

SES 100 - Green Strings: Tying Energy Efficiency and Energy Sustainability Together

1 credit hour - One hour of lecture weekly; one term.
Examines energy fundamentals, energy pathways, energy production and usage patterns, energy economics and environmental impact, and the rationale for developing and for implementing sustainable, renewable alternative energy resources and systems.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Understanding of Energy Fundamentals.
    • Define energy.
    • Identify the most common types of currently used energy.
    • Explain the energy conservation principl
    • Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
    • Discuss and diagram a typical energy pathway from production to end
    • Identify common energy conversion processes and the efficiencies of
      those processes.
  • Identify Energy Pathways for Conventional, Non-Renewable
    Energy Resources.
    • Identify the sources and production processes for fossil fuel based
      energy, including coal, oil, and natural gas.
    • Identify the end uses for fossil fuel based energy.
    • Discuss the conversion of fossil fuel energy into other energy forms,
      including thermal and electrical energy.
    • Research and/or evaluate typical efficiencies for the conversion of
      fossil fuels into other energy forms.
    • Perform a pathway analysis for nuclear and for hydroelectric energy
  • Evaluate the Economic and Environmental Impact of Non-
    Renewable Energy.
    • Identify the major energy consuming sectors in the national economy.
    • Identify the criteria for assessing economic impact of an energy
    • Critique current methods for evaluating economic impac
    • Apply a simplified model for estimating the cost of conventional energy
      use in the transportation sector and the residential sector.
    • Compare, economically, strategies for improving efficiency of energy.
    • Define environmental impact and the concept of the carbon footprint.
    • Identify and/or develop criteria for assessing economic impact of
      an energy system.
    • Critique current methodologies for evaluating environmental impact.
  • Discuss and Critique Renewable and sustainable Energy
    • Define sustainability and the notion of green energy strategies.
    • Diagram the pathways from solar energy to electrical energy
      conversion and from solar and to thermal energy conversion.
    • Explain the principal features and operation of a passive solar system
      and of a photovoltaic solar system.
    • Diagram and explain the principal features and operation of a wind
      electrical generating system.
    • Outline the processes in the manufacture of biomass fuels.
    • Diagram and explain the operation of a geothermal electrical energy
      generating system.
    • Compare the economic and environmental impacts of an alternative
      energy generating system (solar systems, wind power systems, biomass
      based systems, and/or geothermal power generating systems) and a
      the conventional energy system (fossil fuel based, nuclear, and/or
      hydroelectric energy systems).
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 5 Self Management Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking