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EVT 2900 PBC

EVT 2900—Alternative Energy Systems and Applications

Three Semester Hours

JN 7/14


None; completion of EVT 1000 may be helpful.

Course Description

Provides an opportunity to complete individual projects that involve special topics concerning environmental engineering technology problems.

Methods of Course Instruction

All material for this course is print-based. Instructor and students communicate and exchange materials through postal mail. 

E-Print Option

In this course, an option exists to use e-mail to submit your lesson assignments. Your assignment will be returned to you either as an e-mail attachment or as a hard copy sent through the postal mail, depending on the preferences of the instructor and/or program. 

Textbooks and Supplies

  • Hodge, B.K. Alternative Energy Systems and Applications. John Wiley & Sons, 2010. [ISBN: 9780470142509] 
    • Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 13–15 are covered in this course. You are encouraged to read the other chapters according to your own interests and professional needs. 


A standard scientific calculator, Casio FX260SLR or the equivalent, is needed for this course. You may order the calculator from EdMap along with your textbook.

Note: If you have taken any previous EVT course through eLearning OHIO, you will already have the calculator.

Number of Lessons

The course has eight lessons complete with graded assignments and two supervised course examinations. You will have two hours to complete each exam. The exams consist of short-essay questions similar to those in the lesson writing assignments. Specific information about each examination and the form necessary to schedule the examination with a supervisor is included in Lessons 5 and 10. The lessons include:

  • Lesson 1: Energy Usage in the United States
  • Lesson 2: Fundamentals of Turbo Machinery
  • Lesson 3: Wind Energy
  • Lesson 4: Combustion Turbines
  • Lesson 5: Midcourse Examination Information
  • Lesson 6: Solar Energy Fundamentals
  • Lesson 7: Geothermal Energy
  • Lesson 8: Ocean Energy
  • Lesson 9: Nuclear Energy
  • Lesson 10: Final Examination Information

Types of Writing Assignments

The writing assignments in Lessons 1–4, and 6–9 consist of short-essay questions based on your reading. Some answers may require calculations using given formulas. Each assignment is submitted to your instructor for evaluation and grading.

Grading Criteria

Your final grade for the course will be weighted on the following factors:

  • Lesson Assignments — 20% 
  • Midcourse Exam — 30% 
  • Final Exam — 50%