Energy and Environment (ENE404) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Energy and Environment ENE404 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer, Drill and Practice, Team/Group, Project Design/Management.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Prof. Dr. Aysel ATIMTAY
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The course is a technical elective course for energy systems engineering degree. The main objectives of this course are; to provide basic understanding and appreciation of energy and environmental concepts and interconnectedness; analyze energy consumption patterns; discuss various energy resources that power the modern society; examine the energy conversion processes; explore interrelationships between energy use and industrial progress and environmental consequences; discuss future energy alternatives.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Examining the relationship between energy and global environment
  • Understanding the detrimental effects of producing and using energy on the environment
  • Dealing with the climate change and global warming
  • Understanding the need for the sustainability
Course Content Energy resources, processes, environmental effects, air pollution, sustainability, global warming, climate change.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction Chapter 1
2 The Planet’s Energy Balance Chapter 2
3 History of Humankind’s Use of Energy Chapter 3
4 Energy Resources, Processes and Environmental Effects Chapter 4
5 Economics and the Environment Chapter 5
6 The Promise and Problems of Nuclear Energy Chapter 6
7 Air Pollution Chapter 7
8 Midterm Exam
9 Future World Energy Use and Carbon Emissions Chapter 8
10 Sustainability and Climate Change Chapter 9
11 Carbon Sequestration and Climate Engineering Chapter 10
12 Methodology and Assumptions for a Sustainable Low Carbon Future Chapter 11
13 Kyoto’s Protocol Chapter 12
14 Students’ Presentations
15 Students’ Presentations
16 Final Exam


Other Sources 1. Energy and the Environment, 2nd Edition by Robert A. Ristinen, Jack P. Kraushaar, 2006, Wiley
2. Energy and Climate Change: Creating a Sustainable Future by David Coley, 2008, Wiley
3. Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation, 1st Edition, Francis Vanek, Cornell University---Ithaca, Louis D. Albright, Cornell University, Ithaca, 2008, Mc-Graw Hill.
4. Environmental Impact Assessment, Larry Canter, 2nd Edition, 1996, Mc-Graw Hill
5. Alternative Energy For Dummies, Rik DeGunther, 2009, Wiley

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 2 25
Presentation - -
Project 1 25
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 5 140
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and subjects specific to the energy systems engineering discipline; the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas to complex engineering problems.
2 The ability to identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; selecting and applying proper analysis and modeling techniques for this purpose.
3 The ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions to meet specific requirements; the ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4 The ability to develop, select and utilize modern techniques and tools essential for the analysis and determination of complex problems in energy systems engineering applications; the ability to utilize information technologies effectively. X
5 The ability to design experiments, conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for the investigation of complex engineering problems or research topics specific to the energy systems engineering discipline. X
6 The ability to work effectively in inter/inner disciplinary teams, the ability to work individually. X
7 a)Effective oral and writen communication skills in Turkish; the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and to receive clear and understandable instructions. b)The knowledge of at least one foreign language; the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and to receive clear and understandable instructions. X
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; the ability to access information, to follow recent developments in science and technology. X
9 a)The ability to behave according to ethical principles, awareness of professional and ethical responsibility; b)knowledge of the standards utilized in energy systems engineering applications. X
10 Knowledge on business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness about entrepreneurship, innovation; knowledge on sustainable development. X
11 a) Knowledge on the effects of energy systems engineering applications on the universal and social dimensions of health, environment and safety; b) and awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 2 28
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 1 20 20
Homework Assignments 3 3 9
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 125