ES -079.-64Z, ON-CAMPUS Call# 2624   ES -079.-65-73Z OFF-CAMPUS Call# 2310
Instructor: Steve Murphy
Spring 2002, 1.0 Unit
De Anza College Distance Learning Center
Office Location: LCW-102
Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245
Office Hours: M-Th, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri: CLOSED

This new live teleclass is an overview of the topic of Renewable/Alternative Energy Systems and its importance in today’s society, including future implications, and discussion of careers and impact on modern culture and society. This module introduces the subject of renewable and alternative energy systems found in today’s culture and their related energy management and conservation issues.

Online Class Folder

Eligibility for English 100A; Reading 201; ESL 161-163 is advised.

Office Hours: 5:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Days/Hours: Tuesday evening prior to class
Phone/Voicemail: (408) 395-6299 Ext. 3185
FAX Telephone(s): (408) 864-8245, (408) 864-5546
Office Location: LCW 26
E-mail Address: mrph@gte.net

Be prepared to spend six hours per week attending class and using and studying the course materials.

  1. Read over the Online Orientation and if you have not done so for a previous EMTP course (Online Orientation may be found at this address: http://distance.deanza.fhda.edu/emtp/courseo.shtml). The last day to add the class (if seats are available) is May 21, 2002.
  2. Participate in the three live and interactive three-hour video classes.
  3. Complete one three-hour field trip or lab activity (assignment to be announced).
  4. Complete all reading assignments.
  5. Complete class assignments.
  6. Complete activities associated with supplemental lab activity.
  7. Complete and turn in Class Journal/Notes as assigned.

After completing the reading assignments and participating in the video programs, you should be able to:

  1. Explore the technology and applications of renewable and alternative energy systems.
  2. Examine existing and potential applications of photovoltaic (PV) power systems.
  3. Examine existing and potential applications of wind power.
  4. Examine potential applications and types of fuel cells.
  5. Analyze opportunities for buying green power.

Textbook for Course:
Energy: It’s Use and the Environment; by Hinrichs and Kleinbach, 3rd Edition, copyright 2002 by Harcourt, Inc.

The additional course materials for all students will be at:
www.deanza.fhda.edu/faculty/murphy/es69 class folder/website location or mailed to each individual broadcast site.

Three (3) three-hour Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems video programs.


Viewing Options for Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems video programs.

  1. Participate at your college campus in the 4CNET videoconferences (see attached 4CNET Schedule) or by satellite.
  2. The receive sites may tape the in-coming signal of the class, for later viewing. Check with the technical staff at your site where you may view the tape at your convenience
  3. De Anza students may check out tapes from the Open Media Lab to view at home.

To sign up for the EMTP listserv go to the distance learning website: http://distance.deanza.fhda.edu/ Just below the boxes you will see a link that says: Subscribe to a Listserv Click on the link; scroll down through the list of classes until you find the one you want, and click on it to highlight it. Then type in your e-mail address in the box provided for that purpose. Click on the button that says “Subscribe” and you are finished

To use the listserv, send an email to emtplist@dadistance.deanza.edu and that email will be sent to all users who are signed up for the list.

The course content comes from the videoclasses and assigned readings. Your activities will be from both the readings and video programs. If, for any reason, you miss watching a video program during the assigned week, you should still keep current with your reading assignments.

Work on the lessons in the following order:

  1. Read the class material assignment (prior to the video class).
  2. Participate in the video class lecture:
    1. via videoconference or on satellite, or
    2. on videotape in the Media Lab, in the De Anza Learning Center, at your local site or
    3. on videotape checked out from the Media Lab (limited copies) to view at home.
  3. Complete any required written assignments (see the Assignment Schedule).


  1. Homework Assignments: There is one comprehensive homework assignment. A student “Class Journal/Folders” also need to be turned in for credit. The due date for the assignment is listed in your lecture schedule. This assignment is worth a total of 100 points!
  2. Lab Activity: Your lab is scheduled for (Field Trip time and place TBD.) Your lab activity will be at your specific school site.

Submitting Assignments: Copy and attach the cover sheet on the last page of this syllabus.

Graded homework is returned for distribution to the DL Center about 7–10 days after its due date. Please present your DASB Photo ID to the Distance Learning Center staff to retrieve your work. If you have included a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope you homework will be returned to you.


Final Grading and Point Breakdown:

Homework 100 A 90 - 100%
Class Journal/Folder 50 B 80 - 89%
    C 70 - 79%
    D 60 - 69%
Total points 150 points F 59% and below

Policy on Copying and Cheating
Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments receive a failing grade in the course and are reported to college authorities.

You may access your final grades through the Star System at 408-777-9394 or 650-917-0509 or the Internet at https://regserv.fhda.edu/da-grades.html.


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