Energy Resources and Efficiencies – ENVR 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An analysis of the various sources of energy (both fossil and renewable) utilized by modern societies, including the means by which these sources are acquired, produced, distributed, and consumed. Includes a survey of methods by which user-end efficiencies and/or alternatives can reduce the amount of energy consumed.

Prerequisites

BIOL 225 or ENVR 320 or BIOL 101 or PHSC 210

Rationale

This course is required for students enrolled in the B.S. in Business Administration Cognate in Green and Sustainable Management.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Calculate the energy densities of fuel sources and the energy efficiencies for various power-generation methods.
  2. Describe a comparison of diverse conventional and alternative methods for electricity production.
  3. Determine the timeframe for returns on investment for commercial and residential efficiency projects.
  4. Articulate a biblical view of energy and resource stewardship.
  5. Measure personal energy usage and determine methods of conservation.
  6. Construct a detailed proposal for energy-saving retrofits to an existing building.
  7. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks to government-sponsored incentives (rebates, credits, and subsidies) for the production and installation of energy-efficient products.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least100 words.

Energy Production Report

The student will write a 5–6-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on one of the various methods of energy production. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. A title page, figures page(s), and reference page are required.

Energy Monitoring Report

The student will write a 2–3-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on personal energy use monitoring and an action plan for energy efficiencies.

Stewardship Essay

The student will compose a 4–5-page personal reflection essay on stewardship concepts and their relation to Christian perspectives of man’s place and role in God’s creation. This paper will be written in Microsoft Word and follow current APA formatting rules. The student is expected to research adequately the chosen topic and provide bibliographic reference to at least 3 academic sources in addition to the course textbooks. This paper must include a title page and reference page.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the Module/Week in which it is assigned. They will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.

Exams (2)

The Midterm Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4, and the Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 5–8. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 45 multiple-choice questions and 1 short answer question, and have a 1-hour time limit.