FYF 101J - Alternative Energy:
Separating Myth From Reality

Outline Format

I. Course introduction; How to be an outstanding student.

II. Group dynamics and decision-making; introduction to brainstorming and BOGSAT methods

III. Sending effective emails

IV. Bibliographic skills

A. Nature of conventional and electronic scientific publication

B. Searching for references in print and electronic media

V.  Internet skills

A.  Assessing the credibility of web-based information

B.  Introduction to Webquests

VI. Presenting and interpreting data

A. The nature of scientific data

B. Graphical presentation of data

C. Interpreting graphs and tables

VII.  Introduction to energy production and consumption

VIII.  Evaluating alternative energy issues via Webquests

A.  How real is the Hubbert Curve?

B.  Coal and gas-based alternatives

C.  Geothermal

D.  Nuclear fusion and fission

E.  Hydroelectric energy

F.  Solar energy

G.  Biomass and biodiesel

H.  Wind power

I.  Hydrogen

Weekly Schedule
(subject to change)

Week 1 - Course introduction / How to be an outstanding student

Week 2 - Course structure / Student views of energy / Group dynamics and decision-making

Week 3 - Nature of scientific literature / bibliographic search techniques / How to send effective e-mail messages

Week 4 - Nature of scientific data / graphical presentation of data / Webquests

Weeks 5, 6 - Introduction to energy.  How real is the Hubbert Curve?  Coal and gas-based alternatives, Geothermal.

Week 7 - Student presentations

Week 8, 9 - Nuclear fusion and fission, Hydroelectric energy, Solar energy

Week 10 - Student presentations

Week 11, 12 - Biomass and biodiesel, Wind power, Hydrogen

Week 13 - Student presentations

Week 14 - Synthesis

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