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ESET 631

The 630 and 631 courses run over two semesters, and have two course codes.  It is expected that the fall course (ESET 630) will be used to organize into teams, identify projects and sponsoring organization, conduct any necessary background research, and begin the process of gathering project-specific data.

The ESET 631 semester 6 winter course will continue data gathering and project-specific research, development of a planned solution for the client’s identified problem, reporting to the client, and possibly implementation (if that is appropriate for the project).

Projects will be related to the key areas of the ESET program. Projects will involve analysis of current energy usage and development of suggestions for improvements in energy efficiency.  Some projects may involve the preliminary specification and design of new or novel energy systems equipment. Projects focused on energy improvement will include an analysis of the financial costs and benefits of the proposed changes.

The course is organized to mimic the structure that students are likely to find in the commercial energy auditing or engineering services business. Students are required to develop project schedules, and to report in weekly meetings  their progress against those schedules. There will be opportunity to review the reasons for variances from planned schedule, in order to prepare better plans in the future.

Because projects in the real world are generally done by teams, this course will emphasize a team approach. Individuals will not (except under extraordinary circumstances) be permitted to undertake a project on their own.

The final (sixth) semester of the Energy Systems program is organized as 11 weeks of classes and four weeks of work placement. Consequently, ESET 631 is 11 weeks long.