Viewing: ET 255 : Hydro, Wind, and Bioenergy Assessment

Last approved: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:02:43 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:02:42 GMT

Changes proposed by: egnichol
Change Type
Major
ET (Environmental Technology)
255
031842
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Hydro, Wind, and Bioenergy Assessment
HydroWindBioenergy
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
03.0501
Forestry, General.
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
University Competencies

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies
Critical Thinking
Quantitative Literacy
Written Communication
Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Shawn Shifflet
Lecturer

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC21Non/a
Prerequisite: ET 120
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
15REAMRenewable Energy Assessment MinorRequired
15REACTURenewable Energy Assessment CertificateElective
Overview of the historical and current role of wind, hydro-electric, and bioenergy power technologies globally and the direction of each sector's evolution for the future particularly in the USA. The course emphasizes the technology behind power generation for wind, hydro, and bioenergy sectors. Students will evaluate policy and permitting issues and, consequently, determine if a site is appropriate for implementation of either or all of these technologies.

The Renewable Energy Assessment (REA) Minor and online undergraduate certificate is being revised to compliment the development of a graduate certificate in renewable energy assessment within the Master's of Environmental Assessment, a Delta-funded program.  The undergraduate REA program requires 12 hours for the online certificate and 16 hours for the minor.  The revision of the program will keep the certificate at 12 hours and change the minor to 15 hours. The minor will require an additional course ES 300 Energy and Environment (3 hrs) to meet the 15 hour requirement.  The minor will drop ET 484 (1 hr) and the minor and certificate will drop ET 240 Wind and Hydro Renewable Assessment.  ET 240 will be blended with ET 255 to provide students a comprehensive course on assessment of lands for wind, hydro, and bioenergy which is incorporated into this course revision request for ET 255.  


Hence the requested revision to ET 255 is a course title change to reflect the new course content in the syllabus, course description, course objectives, and course learning outcomes.


No

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The REA program is hiring a lecturer to teach this course. This hire will have expertise in wind, hydro, and bioenergy technologies as well as online teaching experience. The hire will have access to prior teaching materials on moodle to integrate course materials from ET 240 into ET 255.

Course Objectives.  Students will:  


1.       Review and discuss the historical and current context for “renewable” and “non-renewable” wind, hydro-electric, and bioenergy sources.


2.       Define and describe the basic principles of wind, hydro-electric, and bioenergy systems across scales of size.


3.       Develop and demonstrate aworking knowledge of bioenergy sources, feedstocks, and carbon cycling within the context of sustainability and environmental impact.


4.       Compare and contrast the technology of large-scale wind and hydroelectric power systems and their application on a global, national and regional level.


5.       Determine wind resources for a given area and explain how to measure power captured from the wind. 


6.       Document how to assess a site for microhydro potential.


7.       Analyze site constraints and considerations for wind, hydro, and bioenergy systems.


8.       Estimate the power output from a wind turbine, micro-hydro-electric turbine, or bioenergy process and determine the economic feasibility of a project


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain what key technical factors have impacted the evolution, sustainability, and economic-feasibility of the wind, hydro, and bioenergy sectors.

  2. Explain the key functions of wind and hydro turbines.

  3. Describe the basic operation of current major bioenergy energy systems - such as thermal energy (combined heat and power), biodiesel, cellulosic biofuels, biogas, and waste to energy.

  4. Use key siting considerations to determine if a site is suitable for utility scale wind, hydro, and bioenergy development.

  5. Assess a site for wind, hydro, or bioenergy production and evaluate the sustainability of a particular system.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes20online weekly quizzes of lecture and reading materials
Written Assignment40two online exams of wind/hydro and bioenergy
Project40Capstone project for course to propose two suitable systems (wind, hydro, or bioenergy) for a given site and evaluate the economic and technical suitability
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
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aeherget (Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:45:08 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 11/1/2017.
aeherget (Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:02:54 GMT): AECHH: updating instructor of record to Shawn Shifflet at initiator's request via phone 11/7/2017.
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