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ENVT 307 - Social Impact through Sustainable Solar Design

Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-UDB; Sustainability
Topics include: hands-on instruction of solar energy and design, energy poverty, and social justice impacts of solar energy. Construct stand-alone solar energy system designed for delivery of energy to the energy poor. Opportunities to teach solar science in local schools.

Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Areas B1-B3.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better.
Repeatability: May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 units.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UDB- Upper Division Science Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning, Overlay - Sustainability
Cross-listed: PHYS 307.
Course Typically Offered: Fall ONLY

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Apply concepts of electric circuits and energy sciences to: Build a stand-alone solar electric system from its basic system components (PV panel, charge controller, battery, switches, circuit breakers, and loads). Commission, and troubleshoot the system. Design a stand-alone solar energy system to meet the needs of specific loads.
  2. Describe the function of the system and its parts.
  3. Describe how such systems are used to address energy poverty in the world’s poorest countries and why they are suitable for that purpose.
  4. Share this information with diverse audiences.

UD-B. Upper-division Science Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate advanced and/or focused science or quantitative content knowledge in a specific scientific field, using appropriate vocabulary and referencing appropriate concepts (such as models, uncertainties, hypotheses, theories, and technologies);
  2. apply advanced quantitative skills (such as statistics, algebraic solutions, interpretation of graphical data) to scientific problems and evaluate scientific claims;
  3. demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific inquiry and the experimental and empirical methodologies used in science to investigate a scientific question or issue; and
  4. apply science content knowledge to contemporary scientific issues (e.g., global warming) and technologies (e.g., cloning), where appropriate.
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  1. identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
  2. analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
  3. describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
  4. explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.

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