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2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

SES 101 - Introduction to Conventional and Alternative Energy Sources

3 credit hours - Three hours of lecture weekly; one term.
Introduces basic energy concepts and principles and presents a detailed overview of both conventional and alternative energy sources.

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

  • Define the fundamental concepts and principles of energy.
    • Define and identify various forms of energy.
    • Discuss and diagrammatically illustrate the energy flow model, outlining
      the pathways from production to end use.
    • Discuss and illustrate the energy conversion model.
    • Distinguish, with respect to energy exchanges, between open and closed
      systems.
    • Distinguish between energy conservation and efficiency enhancing
      strategies.
    • Discuss the concepts of sustainability and of green energy systems
  • Identify the energy pathway from production to end use for
    conventional energy sources.
    • Discuss the core assumptions regarding the Earths energy system.
    • Research national energy reserves and national energy production and
      consumption data, patterns and trends. Research the uses for fossil fuels.
    • Trace the energy pathway, from source to end use, for the fossil fuels (FF
      ): crude oil, coal and natural gas.
    • Discuss, in detail, the process and efficiency of the conversion of fossil
      fuels into electrical energy.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of conventional energy systems.
    • Evaluate, employing various models, the economic impact of fossil fuel
      usage.
    • Analyze energy consumption and cost for a model typical household.
    • Analyze energy consumption and cost for the typical automobile.
    • Explore various models for estimating the environmental impact of fossil
      fuel usage.
    • Outline the protocol for assessing the environmental impact of the fossil
      fuel transportation economic sector.
    • Discuss and assess strategies for enhancing the efficiency of fossil fuel
      powered systems.
    • Discuss and assess energy conservation strategies for limiting fossil fuel
      powered systems.
  • Investigate solar energy as a viable, alternative energy source.
    • Research the national and regional availability of solar energy.
    • Identify the pathways for solar energy conversion into thermal energy
      (heating) and into electrical energy.
    • Discuss, in detail, the design of a passive solar system and the function of
      the components of that system.
    • Research the properties and operation of the photovoltaic solar cell.
    • Discuss, in detail, the function and design of the components of a solar
      photovoltaic system.
    • Analyze the performance of a typical solar photovoltaic system.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of solar energy systems.
    • Compare, for residential heating, the efficiency and cost of a typical fossil
      fuel system and a passive solar system.
    • Compare, for electrical energy production, the efficiency and cost of a
      typical fossil fuel system and a solar photovoltaic system.
    • Compare the environmental impact of a solar systems and fossil fuel
      systems.
    • Discuss the sustainability and greenness of solar energy.
  • Investigate wind energy as a viable, alternative energy source.
    • Research the national and regional availability of wind energy sources.
    • Identify the pathways for wind energy into electrical energ
    • Discuss, in detail, the design of a typical wind energy system and the
      function of the components of that system
    • Analyze the performance of a typical wind powered energy system.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of wind powered energy systems.
    • Evaluate the efficiency and economics of a typical wind energy system.
    • Discuss, critically, the environmental impact of wind powered energy
      systems.
    • Discuss the sustainability and greenness of wind energy.
  • Investigate biomass fuel as a viable, alternative energy source.
    • Identify the sources for biomass fuel production.
    • Outline the basic chemistry of biomass fuel, particularly ethanol,
      production.
    • Trace the process for biomass fuel production.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of the biomass fuel energy source.
    • Examine the efficiency for the conversion of biomass into fuel.
    • Evaluate the economic impact of biomass fuel production.
    • Evaluate the environmental impact of biomass fuel process.
    • Discuss the sustainability and greenness of a biomass fuel energy system.
  • Investigate and evaluate other possible alternative energy
    sources.
    • Research and assess the viability of geothermal energy as an alternative
      energy source.
    • Research and assess the viability of waste conversion as an alternative
      energy source.
    • Investigate and assess other possible alternative energy sources.
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