FYF 101J - Alternative Energy: Separating Myth From Reality
Course Objectives

Each First Year Foundations (FYF) course will provide techniques that assist first-year students in achieving long-term academic success at Wilkes University. Specifically, each of these courses will:

Specific Objectives for FYF 101J - Alternative Energy

Topical Objectives

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the current trends of traditional energy production and consumption locally, nationally, and on a worldwide basis
  • Learn and critically evaluate arguments about the sustainability of current forms of energy production and use
  • Understand potential sources of alternative energy being explored
  • Learn and critically evaluate information about the benefits and weaknesses of each alternative energy source from a variety of perspectives
    • Potential energy yield
    • Economic
    • Environmental
    • Sociopolitical
  • Develop a well-reasoned personal philosophy about the present energy situation and the best way to move forward on developing and implementing alternative sources
  • Develop the ability to meaningfully participate in a group seeking to understand a complex issue from a variety of perspectives, and communicate its findings to others.

Students will also learn:

  • How to be an outstanding student
  • How to interact effectively in a group situation
  • Bibliographic search techniques
  • How to effectively communicate electronically
  • The relationship between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0
  • How to evaluate information sources, especially those on the Internet, for reliability
  • About data and its relationship to knowledge, including
    • forms of data and metadata
    • graphically depicting data
    • interpreting graphs and tables
    • QA/QC issues

Long term objective: Students successfully completing FYF 101J will develop a mature attitude about - and lifelong interest in - energy issues, and will assert leadership on that topic long after the course is completed.

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