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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEL6289
Tracking Number - 4990

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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-05-18
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Elect Eng. needs number and missing info on form. Faculty emailed 3/25/14 To GC. Acct Needed. LO need rev. Emailed 3/11/16. Recd 4/21. GC Approved 5/4/16. To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-03-18
  2. Department: Electrical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210600
  5. Contact Person: Jessica Procko
  6. Phone: 8139746318
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEL
  9. Number: 6289
  10. Full Title: Sustainable Energy
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Sustainable Energy
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Introduction to concepts of sustainable energy conversion. Solar, wind, hydroelectricity, hydrogen, biomass and geothermal energy conversion methods as well as main storage technologies will be discussed.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Sustainable energy is an important topic at present due to the global warming depate and the limited supply of fossil fuels. Usually 60 students enroll.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal Degree required.
  29. Objectives: a) Introduce to the scientific background of energy conversion, storage and consumption.

    b) Quantify the impact of the various energy conversion and storage technologies, as well as paths of energy use/consumption.

    c) Discuss feasibility/cost of the most prominent sustainable energy conversion methods.

    d) Discuss challenges to achieve sustainable energy conversion.

  30. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to define the main sustainable energy technologies in use and they will know their main applications.

    • Students will be able to describe and explain the principal mechanisms behind sustainable energy technologies.

    • Students will be able to differentiate and compare different approaches to energy conversion.

    • Students will gain an ability to critically assess and evaluate different sustainable energy technologies with regard to efficiency and energy return on investment.

    • Students will be able to actively and constructively participate in the ongoing discussion about sustainable energy and climate change

  31. Major Topics: Concepts of sustainable energy conversion. (Solar, wind, hydroelectricity, hydrogen, biomass and geothermal)

    Main storage technologies (hydrostorage, compressed air, batteries, flywheels).

  32. Textbooks: This course is not based on a textbook. All relevant information and background for the course is provided via scientific publications and instructional videos.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Two exams (50%), 6 quizzes (25%), website (25%)
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Two exams, 6 quizzes, a website about a sustainable energy related topic, which students can chose.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make-up exams will be given only under special circumstances. Appropriate documentation in writing (doctor’s certificate, police report etc…) will have to be provided by the students.
  38. Program This Course Supports: This course is interdisciplinary and offered to all students on campus.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course is interdisciplinary and offered to all students on campus.

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