Search within:

Continuing Education Workshops

Solar array

Energy Science (PCOE 5900)

1 Graduate Credit Hour

Dates: Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, May 6

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Place: Bennett Hall

Instructors: Michael Koop and Brenda Miller

$35 to apply
$161/credit in-state and $180/ credit hour out of state

This workshop, offered through the Patton College of Education, is designed to offer graduate credit for professional development workshops that serve as continuing education for practicing professionals in education and other human services. Course content varies. This course cannot be used towards any Ohio University degree requirements. No pre-requisites but a basic understanding of algebra will be beneficial.


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply academic knowledge in professional settings
  • Students will be able to evaluate their performance in light of the expressed goals and learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the science behind different forms of energy and energy generation.
  • Understand where we get our existing energy supply and what are the costs and benefits of these conventional energy sources.
  • Describe the benefits, obstacles and limitations are to the widespread use of renewable technologies.
  • Create a lesson plan including a laboratory exercise involving one of the energy sources discussed. 

Required and Optional Materials

All materials required for in class activities will be provided.  Access to the internet and to a smart phone device will be beneficial for outside of class work.

General Course Requirements

In class work

  • Attendance at each of the two days of the workshop and active participation in course activities. 30%

Outside of class work

  • Create a summary of the workshop that covers specific learning objectives from the course. 30% (due one week after the workshop ends)
  • Create a lesson plan, including a laboratory exercise covering an energy topic. 40% (due one week after the workshop ends)

List of Topics

Most of the topics covered will include hands on activities to demonstrate the key physical principles involved.  The focus of each of these activities will be on applying the scientific method to study energy systems.  Depending on the interests and needs of the participants, certain topics may receive more or less workshop time.

  1. Intro into energy: Define energy terms such as potential energy, kinetic energy, exothermic, endothermic
  2. Energy calculations: Perform conversions between common energy units as well as calorimetry and combustion.
  3. Intro into electronics: Define current, voltage, resistance, and electrical power.  Perform calculations relating these quantities for simple circuits.  Compare and contrast the properties and uses of series and parallel circuits.
  4. Overview of methods of power generation: Describe the mechanisms behind electric generators.  Describe the concept of efficiency and its application to various methods of power generation.
  5. Current Energy Sources: Explain the pros and cons for conventional energy sources such as oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydroelectric.
  6. Renewable/Sustainable Energy Technologies: Explore the pros and cons for renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, ocean and conservation.
  7. Challenges with energy production: Identify issues with energy demand, distribution, and storage, and compare how different energy technologies attempt to address these issues.


Ann Holmes
Administrative Specialist