Introduction to Electricity and Power Generation

Under­stand key con­cepts relat­ed to elec­tric­i­ty and major forms of pow­er gen­er­a­tion. Learn about the impor­tance and dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions of direct and alter­nat­ing cur­rent. Get an overview of con­ven­tion­al and alter­na­tive forms of elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­a­tion. Acquire foun­da­tion­al knowl­edge in con­ven­tion­al and renew­able ener­gy sys­tems, as well as the most inno­v­a­tive appli­ca­tions on the market.
Course at a glance
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at industry executives, environmental professionals, project managers, power producers and regulators, those working in government agencies, utility companies and energy agencies, as well as developers and investors interested in expanding their career or business with renewable energy.
  • Credentialed by the Foundational Technologies Institute (FTI), an independent organization, to meet standards of quality, practicality, and alignment to business needs.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the ever-expanding global clean energy technology market and what employment opportunities exist for renewable energy professionals.
  • Understand how electricity works at an atomic level.
  • Explain the history of static and current electricity production.
  • Describe the differences between direct current and alternating current.
  • Define basic formulas and units of measurement employed in the energy sector.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Assessment activities include assignments and quizzes.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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