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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP320 Course ID: 3294 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will introduce students to current and future trends in energy technology, policy, and sustainability. It will address topics such as resource sustainability, relevant aspects of economics, sociology of innovation diffusion, product design principles, and the environmental impacts of existing and emerging energy technologies. Analysis of the range of current and future energy choices will be stressed, as well as the role of energy in determining local environmental conditions and the global climate.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

LO-1 List the primary physical, technical, and societal factors related to energy supply and demand issues.
LO-2 Evaluate important impacts of current and emerging energy technologies.
LO-3 Examine key strategies for the development of more sustainable energy systems.
LO-4 Describe factors influencing strategies and choices in the implementation of more sustainable energy systems.
LO-5 Analyze the implications of energy decisions from a variety of standpoints (environmental, economic, social, cultural).
LO-6 Explain the concepts and theory of resource sustainability and their application.
LO-7 Analyze current scientific literature related to energy and resource sustainability.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Case Studies 40.00 %
Geothermal Energy 10.00 %
Wind Energy 10.00 %
Nuclear Energy 10.00 %
Biomass Energy 10.00 %
Midterm Assignment 10.00 %
Midterm 10.00 %
Final Paper Outline 6.00 %
Research Paper Outline 6.00 %
Final Research Paper 20.00 %
Final Research Paper 20.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Bent, Robert / Orr, Lloyd / Baker, Randall (Eds.)
Unit Cost:$33.46
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.