Overview of Alternative Energy Resources

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 160

       Course Name: Overview of Alternative Energy Resources

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Project-based course covering renewable and alternative forms of energy. Content includes an overview of solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal and nuclear power. Includes hands-on labs on solar, wind and hydropower, and simulations of the others. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in ELT 101 or ELT 107 or ELT 130, or prior knowledge of electronics and electricity.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • examines an overview of alternative energy
  • discuss concepts of solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, and nuclear power
  • Explore about the trends in alternative energy, including the necessary technology and equipment for production, installation, and testing of alternative systems.
  • Design, build and test a solar, wind, and hydroelectric system to power a household appliance.
  • Apply concepts to use in the field and in simulation.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See separate page from instructor

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Exams 60%
Homework assignments 15%
Labs 25%

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Attendance is mandatory. Three unexcused absences will decrease the grade by one level.
  • Passing three examinations.
  • Satisfactory completion of homework problems within the assigned time schedule.
  • Satisfactory completion of laboratory assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Handouts and Internet URL addresses will be provided by the instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.