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Course Content and Outcome Guide for RET 102

Date: 03/15/12

Posted by: Curriculum Office
Course Number: RET 102
Course Title: Alternate Energy Power Generation

Transcript Title:  Alternate Energy Power Generat
Credit Hours: 1
Lecture Hours: 10

Lecture/Lab Hours:

Lab Hours: 0

Requisites: None

Grading Options:

Special Fee:

Course Description:
Subjects that will be explored in this course are biodiesel, wind, solar cells, fuel cells, ocean wave, geothermal, hydrogen, connection to grid, (homeowner), electric vehicles, effect of politics on long term wind generation, Other forms. Also research into old technologies as well as new will be explored. This course also discussed the power grid, local utilities and how power is generated and sold back to local utilities.

Course Outcomes:

  • Become more aware of possible energy sources.
  • Be aware of what a renewable resource is.
  • Understand power grids and how to connect to them.
  • Understand energy conservation.
  • Understand the political climate that creates incentive for alternate energy production.
  • Understand how alternate energy is created.
  • Research new and old technologies dealing with alternate energy.
  • Explore environmental effects of renewable and conventional energy production on the environment.
  • Understand green power, green certificates, and what regulates the price of power on the market.

Outcome Assessment Strategies:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will have satisfactorily accomplished the goals and objectives listed in this course content guide. Course content guides are developed by college-wide Subject Area Curriculum Committees and approved by management.

Text & Materials:  (suggested and/or required)

Course Activities and Design:

Lecture and discussion are the instructional methods used. Weekly homework is assigned. There will be a final research paper on energy production. Web and library search for materials concerning alternate energy. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues, and Skills):

  • Biomass/Biofuel
  • Geothermal & Fuel Cells
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Ocean Wave Technology
  • Solar Energy
  • Clean Coal / A Role for Fossil Fuels?
  • Alternate Energy
  • Alternative Solutions

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