EGR 395—FLUID MECHANICS

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        EGR501 – Topics in Sustainable Systems, Fall 2009
Class Times
       TuTh 9:35-10:50 am, Engineering Room 234 (3 credit hours)

Instructors
       Module 1: Dr. Allison Kipple, Electrical Engineering, Office 264
       Module 2: Dr. Dieter Otte, Computer Science, Office 219
       Module 3: Dr. Peter Vadasz, Mechanical Engineering, Office 260
       Module 4: Dr. Rand Decker, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Office 313
       Office hours will be posted on Vista and near each instructor’s office door.

Prerequisites
      Graduate status

Required Textbooks
      Materials will be posted on Vista and / or distributed in class.

Catalog Description
      Introduction to sustainability in the natural environment, energy and the built
      environment, and their relationship to engineering, plus ecoinformatics.

Course Structure
      In this course, you will work as part of a team of graduate students to investigate an
      emerging research topic related to sustainability. You will learn fundamental research
      skills and techniques which will aid both your EGR501 team investigation and your
      personal thesis research. The course instructors will additionally provide content and
      assign homework activities related to sustainability topics in their areas of expertise.

Course Outline
      Aug. 25 – Introduction
       Module 1 (Allison Kipple)
         Aug. 27, Sept. 1: Developing a research question…related to sustainability.
                             (Teams created, topics identified, advisors selected by Sept. 3)
         Sept. 3: Project management techniques. Literature review of a research topic.
                   (Team project timeline, taskings, and literature review due Sept. 10)
         Sept. 8, 10: Contemporary issues related to the power transmission grid.
                       (Individual paper due Sept. 17)
         Sept. 15, 17: Numerical analysis as a research tool; numerical analysis of power flow.
                         (Analysis due Sept. 22)
       Module 2 (Dieter Otte)
         Sept. 22-Oct.1: Modeling and simulation techniques, the Kepler project.
                          (Oct. 1: Team status report and taskings due)
         Oct. 6: Sustainable Informatics. Results on analysis of existing simulation due.
         Oct. 8: Mini-paper on simulation project/presentation due (related to sustainability
         issue).
       Module 3 (Peter Vadasz)
         Oct. 13-29: Power generation techniques. Analytical research methods. Graphical
                       representation of analytical formulations.
                       (Oct. 22: Team status report and taskings due)
         Oct. 29: Report due, Analysis of the economic and environmental impacts of various
         power (electricity) generation techniques.
       Nov. 3, 5: Effective technical presentations and reports.
                  (Nov 10: Team final report template and outline, status and taskings due.)
       Module 4 (Rand Decker)
         Nov. 10, 12: Delineating critical natural resource systems. Observations as a
                       research method.
         Nov. 19-20: Field trip (Hoover Dam, Nevada Water Authority – no class Nov 17).
         Nov. 24: Mega-resource presentations.
         Nov. 26: No class (Thanksgiving).
       Dec. 1, 3: Team project presentations.
       Dec. 8: Team project final report due (in place of final exam).

Student Learning Expectations / Outcomes
       Develop an appropriate research question related to sustainability.
       Conduct a high quality literature review related to sustainability research.
       Utilize project management techniques to successfully complete a research project in
          the area of sustainability.
       Write effective technical papers, both individually and in teams.
       Produce effective technical presentations.
       Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to utilitze a variety of research
          techniques (e.g., analytical, numerical, and experimental) to analyze sustainability
          issues.
       Demonstrate a deep understanding of several important sustainability issues,
          including the economic, environmental, social, and legal aspects of these issues.
Evaluation Methods:
      All team assignments will be submitted to Dr. Kipple and each team’s advisor(s). With
      the exception of the final presentation, all team assignments will be graded
      collaboratively by Dr. Kipple and the team advisor(s). The final presentations will be
      graded by all EGR501 instructors. All other assignments will be graded by the
      appropriate instructor.
       Assignments will be weighted to calculate the final grade as follows:
           Team Assignments                                                                      40%
              Final report, 15%
              Final presentation, 15%
              Other assignments, 10%
               Notes: Project complexity and completeness will significantly affect the final report and
                       presentation scores. Individual grades for team assignments will be modified by
                       participation level.

           Module 1 (Numerical Analysis, Electrical Grid)                                        15%
           Module 2 (Modeling & Simulation, Informatics)                                         15%
           Module 3 (Analytical Techniques, Power Generation)                                    15%
           Module 4 (Observation Methods, Mega-Resources)                                        15%
Grading System
      Letter grades will be determined by combining all team and module scores, using the
      weights listed above. The composite percentage score will be translated to a standard
      letter grade as follows:
               A ≥ 90,      90 > B  80,        80 > C  70,        70 > D  60,        F < 60
Participation, Make-up Assignments
       Attendance and active participation is critical for this class. Participation includes all
       course related activities including class sessions and team meetings outside of regular
       class hours. If you have reason to miss a class, you must notify the instructor ahead of
       time and make appropriate arrangements with both the instructor and your team. Late
       assignments will not be accepted. With the exception of the field trip, make-up
       assignments will not be available.
Policies
       This course will be conducted in accordance with all applicable departmental, college,
       and university policies. For example, students should be familiar with and must conduct
       themselves in accordance with the following policies:
               NAU Student Code of Conduct:
               http://www4.nau.edu/stulife/handbookcode.htm

               Disciplinary Action:
               http://www4.nau.edu/stulife/handbookdisciplinary.htm

               Safe Working and Learning Environment:
               http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/dam1/Safe%20Policy.htm
Students with Disabilities:
http://www2.nau.edu/dss/

Institutional Review Board:
http://www.research.nau.edu/vpr/IRB/index.htm

Academic Integrity Guidance:
http://www.nau.edu/library/information/guides/plagiarism.html