WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
PROPOSALS FOR NEW COURSES
Department __Physics_________________ Date____1/22/01______________
Course No. 140 Course Name Energy Credits 3
This Proposal is for a ____ Graduate Course __X__ Undergraduate Course
Applies to _____ Major _____Minor _____ General Education
___ Required ____ Required _____ Humanities
___ Elective ____ Elective __X_ Natural Science ____Social Sciences ____ Different Culture
____ Allied Studies
Grading ____ Grade only ____ P/NC only __X__ Grade and P/NC Option
Frequency of Offering _____Every Semester___________________
Please attach to this proposal form a complete description of the course including:
Departmental Contact Person for this Proposal:
Name _Richard Shields_ Phone 457-5265 Email email@example.com
FINANCIAL AND STAFFING DATA SHEET
Include a Financial and Staffing Data Sheet with any proposal for a new course, new program, or revised program.
Please answer the following questions completely. Provide supporting data.
1. Would this course/program be taught with existing staff or with new/additional staff? If this course would be taught by adjunct faculty, include a rationale.
Existing staff would teach this course.
2. What impact would approval of this course/program have on current course offerings? Please discuss number of sections of current offerings, dropping of courses, etc.
There are 5 sections of physics 115 taught this year. Next year Physics 115 will be reduced to 4 section and 1 section of Physics 140 will be added. The following year, Physics 140 will be offered every semester.
3. What effect would approval of this course/program have on the department supplies? Include data to support expenditures for staffing, equipment, supplies,
Instructional resources, etc.
Other than an increase cost in copying and paper, the Physics Department already has the demonstration equipment needed.
Dean of College
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY
The attached proposal was approved by the Department on ____/____/____
____________________________________________ Department Chair
Recommendation of Dean of College: ____ Approved ____ Disapproved on ____/____/____
Dean of College
Recommendation of A2C2 Committee: ____ Approved ____ Disapproved on ____/____/____
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Chair of A2C2
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Chair of Graduate Council ____________________________________________
Director of Graduate Studies
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A. Course Description
140 Energy 3 s.h.
This course focuses on energy needs, trends, and long term prospects and resource supplies. The physics of energy, atoms, nuclei, thermal energy, solar energy, alternative energies and consequences of energy production are discussed. The present governmental energy policy will be discussed along with proposed changes to the policies. No Prerequisite. Offered every semester.
Energy is a course that focuses on the problem facing our society with the supply, distribution, and use of energy. As needed, the laws and principles of physics will be introduced to the student so that the student will have a better understanding of the countrys complex energy system. Alternative energies will be discussed so that the student has some vision of what in store for the countrys future energy sources.
The objectives of the course is for the student to develop an understanding of the scientific principles involved in energy production and use so that the student becomes a better informed citizen and consumer. The students should learn the consequences of the different choices that are being made presently and in the future by their government.
A. Exponential Growth and a Finite World
B. Worlds Energy Overview
C. The Policy of Not Having an Energy Policy
II. The Physics of Work, Energy and Power
A. Newtons Laws of Motion
B. Work and Power
A. Consumption of Electrical Energy: Projections and Exponential Growth.
B. Physics of the Production and Distribution of Electricity
C. Atoms and Chemical Energy
D. Efficiency of Energy Generation and Thermodynamics
E. Environmental Effects of Utility Generating Facilities
F. De-regulation of Electrical Industry
IV. Fossil Fuels
A. Coal - Resources and Pollution
B. Oil - Resources and Pollution
2. Home Heating
C. Natural Gas - Resources and Pollution
D. Greenhouse Effect and Air pollution
1. Climate Change and Human Activity
2. Clean Air Act
V. Nuclear Energy
A. Physics of Nuclear Reactors
B. Safety of Nuclear Energy
C. The Government Policy on Storage of Nuclear Waste
VI. Solar Energy.
A. Solar Heating and Cooling
B. Photo-voltaic Cells
C. Biomass Energy.
VII. Wind Energy
VIII. Energy Storage - Electric Car
IX. Conservation: An Important Energy Source
X. Recycling and Reuse
The class will meet for lectures three hours per week. The lecture will have demonstrations, audiovisual aids, and classroom discussion.
Grades will be determined by examinations, a short paper on an energy topic, and a final exam.
Physics of the Environment and Climate, Gérard Guyot, Wiley, 1998
During the energy crisis of the 1970s, the Physics Department developed and offered for years an energy course. As the energy crisis faded from memory, so did the interest in an energy course. With the sudden rise in oil prices, there is a renewed interest in energy. This course gives the physics department an opportunity to teach some physics principles and involve the student in a topic that should be interesting to them.
Also this topic fits nicely into the Science and Social Policy area of University Study. Energy policy offers the students a chance to study how policy has had a great effect on the their own lives. The government has made and will continue to make energy decisions that effect all its citizens. The course will present how those choices effect their daily lives.
No other department will be effected by this course.
This course is being submitted as a University Studies course in Science and Social Policy category. For existing students under the present general education requirements, this course would be a natural science course with no lab.
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: ____Physics___________________________________
Course Number: ___140______
Course Title: Energy________________________________________
Catalog Description: This course focuses on energy needs, trends, and long term prospects and resource supplies. The physics of energy, atoms, nuclei, thermal energy, solar energy, alternative energies and consequences of energy production are discussed. The present governmental energy policy will be discussed along with proposed changes to the policies. No Prerequisite. Offered every semester.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 _____.
This is a new course proposal _X__. (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4.)
Department Contact Person for this course: Dr. Richard Shields
The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in (select one area only):
A. Basic Skills: (October 4, 2000)
______ 1. College Reading and Writing
______ 2. Oral Communication
______ 3. Mathematics
______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness
B. Arts & Sciences Core: (November 1, 2000)
______ 1. Humanities
______ 2. Natural Science
______ 3. Social Science
______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts
C. Unity and Diversity: (January 17, 2001)
______ 1. Critical Analysis
__X__ 2. Science and Social Policy
______ 3. a. Global Perspectives
______ b. Multicultural Perspectives
______ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship
______ b. Democratic Institutions
Flagged Courses: (February 14, 2001)
______ 1. Writing
______ 2. Oral
______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics
______ b. Critical Analysis
Unity and Diversity
Science and Social Policy
1. Outcomes for Physics 140, Energy
This course includes requirements and learning activities that promotes students' abilities to
a. Understand the scientific foundation of the topics
The concept of energy has its foundation in physics. Class time will be spent developing the energy concepts. To understand the energy of motion, heat energy, solar energy, etc. requires basic concepts of physics. Newton's laws of motion, the laws of thermodynamics, and other concepts will need to be covered so that the students will understand the energy choices that are made.
b. Understand the social, ethical, historical, and /or political implications
A review of the energy use in the industrial age will be given. Models of growth of energy usage will be used to predict future use and consequently the implications of that growth. It is important for students to understand that energy choices not only affect them personally but also affect the quality of life of society in general. The choices of energy have political, ethical, and economic consequences.
c. Understand and articulate the need to integrate issues of science with social policy
Energy and environmental policies are topics of concern for all citizens. Whether it is a choice to buy a gas guzzling SUV or a concern to maintain a wilderness in Alaska, citizens find energy policies being debated all the time. This course hopes to bring those debates in focus and hopefully the students will learn how scientific principles can help sort out what is truthful and what is opinion.
d. Evaluate the various policy options relevant to the social dilemmas posed by the science
The debate over nuclear energy is a good example of a social dilemma. The problems of safety, waste storage, and cost must be weighed against the need for a proven technology as the world oil supply shrinks.
e. Articulate, choose among, and defend various policy and/or scientific options to cope with the challenges created
A classroom debate on the challenges our country faces on energy use would be interesting. Should we depend on our present energy sources or should we encourage alternate energy sources? Should we continue without an energy policy? Should we preserve wildlife areas in our country or open them up to energy exploration? The energy dilemma is perfect format to have students think about the choices they make and then defend those choices in a logical manner.
2. Course Requirements and learning activities
Students will be expected to attend class and be an active learner. Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, classroom discussion and web presentation. Hour exams, final, a research paper and classroom participation will determine students' grades.
3. Course Description
Physics 140 Energy
University Studies: Science and Social Policy
General Education: Natural Science (no laboratory)
The purpose of the Science and Social Policy requirement in the University Studies program is to promote students' understanding of the interrelated concerns of society and the sciences. These courses should integrate issues related to one of the natural sciences with the social and government policy decisions that stem from these issues. These courses include requirements and learning activities that promotes students' abilities to
a. understand the scientific foundation of the topics;
b. understand the social, ethical, historical, and /or political implications;
3 hour exams @ 100 pts 300 pts
Research Paper 100 pts
Classroom Debates 100 pts
Final Exam 200 pts
Total points 700 pts
The research paper is an in-depth study of a particular energy policy. The topic for the paper is chosen by the student but must be approved by the instructor. Deadlines will be set for the outline , rough draft, and final copy.
Grades will be determined by the following grading scale:
A - 85% and above
B - 75% to 85%
C - 60% to 75%
D - 50% to 60%
F - below 50%