ENT-101: Introduction to Energy Technology

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Energy Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Energy Technology
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces traditional sources of energy and provides an overview of the various forms of energy and their applications. Covers alternative, renewable, and traditional non-renewable sources of energy with consideration for energy conservation and use, energy transmission systems, measurement of energy, along with monitoring and analysis of applied energy to practical laboratory and field situations with hands-on experiences. Study of current and future applications of the energy are considered along with relevant environmental factors, economic drivers, and opportunities for careers in the energy field.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction to Energy Technologies
  2. Quantifying, Measuring Energy and Energy Systems
  3. Fossil Fuels, Coal
  4. Fossil Fuels, Petroleum and Natural Gas
  5. Nuclear Energy
  6. Renewable and Inexhaustable Energy Sources
  7. Solar Energy
  8. Wind Energy
  9. Biomass Energy
  10. Geothermal Energy
  11. Introduction to Power and Industrial Technologies and Identified Specialties (DOE-EERE)
  12. Electrical Power Systems Identified in the Building Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing Office Programs (AMO-DOE-EERE)
  13. Energy and Power Conversion as Applied in Building Technologies and Industrial Technologies Programs (DOE-EERE)
  14. Energy, Power, and the Environment
  15. Energy, Power, Energy Careers, Energy Literacy and the Future
  16. Energy Applications for Advanced Energy Management for Industrial and Commercial Equipment and Ssytems
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe various energy sources and the basics of force, work and power.
  2. Define or decribe, renewable energy, power engineering and HVAC.
  3. Describe solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, geothermal, wind, biomass, generation, power co-generation.
  4. Describe simple machines and concepts of mechanical advantage.
  5. Perform calculations related to work, power, efficiency, flow and electrical quantities.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the US and SI systems of measurement and convert from one system to another.
  7. Calculate and understand the concept of energy efficiency.
  8. Compare various energy technologies from an environmental and economic standpoint.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Methods for measuring achievement of objectives:

  1. Tests will be given throughout the semester. Test scores represent 65% of the course grade.
  2. Laboratory activities and performance exercises will be done where students will demonstrate an understanding of practical applications. These will make up 10% of the course grade.
  3. A written final exam will be given which will represent 25% of the course grade.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

This course is identified as a departmental course for which a learner can receive college credit for prior college-level learning and/or skills acquired outside the traditional classroom. Terms of the HFC Credit for Prior College-Level Learning Policy may be met by review of the appropriate documentation, skill, certifications, and/or knowledge acquired by the learner and submitted for evaluation by the appropriate departmental faculty. As required, one or more of the following may be considered in the evaluation process:
1. field experience
2. licenses held
3. completing course exams and/or
4. completion of laboratory performance sequences or steady-state lab sessions and/or
5. completing a portfolio

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date