Introduction to Electricity and Power Generation

    EXERM 4310 is offered this spring:

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.
  • 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.


Take note:
  • Assessment activities include: discussions, assignments, and quizzes.
Apr 2, 2024Apr 15, 2024
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Gabriel JohnID: gabriel-john

Gabriel John is a professional agrologist with extensive experience in program design and implementation in the areas of climate change, emissions management, clean energy, and emerging technologies. His government and academic work in the past decade has focused on developing strategic policies and innovative programs in the complex energy-environment nexus. Gabriel currently works on strategic environmental and sustainable energy policies and programs, including leading the development of policies relating to renewable development and the de-carbonization of the electricity sector.

Jorge Osorio Pina

Your Instructor

Jorge Osorio PinaID: jorge-osorio-pina

Class info
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: discussions, assignments, and quizzes.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone 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.

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EXERM 4310 is offered this spring: