GEM Offers Free Online Global Energy Business Course
Registration is now open for the Global Energy Management (GEM) Program’s free, online energy business course titled Fundamentals of Global Energy Business on Coursera. Coursera is a learning platform that partners with top universities to offer free online courses globally.
Taught by GEM Instructor, Dr. Michael Orlando, the Fundamentals of Global Energy Business course will provide students with an introduction to the business of primary energy production. It will examine the nature of demand and supply in global energy markets, and business considerations for participants in those markets.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the distinctive challenges facing enterprises engaged in development of primary energy resources.
You can find this course and other courses offered by the University of Colorado System by visiting Coursera’s webpage and clicking on the U.S. State Institutions link at the top of the page.
The course is five weeks long and delivered completely online; it is asynchronous which means that you can login and complete the course at your own pace but all work must be completed during the five week period.
The course will consist of weekly lecture videos, quizzes, and discussion group participation. Students will also submit and assess (peer submissions) brief memoranda addressing specific energy business policy questions.
Upon successful completion of the class, what will I receive?
Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. You will not receive college credit for the course from the University of Colorado Denver or have a transcript from the course on file with the university’s registrar.
What will I need to complete the course?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection and the time to view lectures, engage in class discussions, and complete the quizzes and assignments.
What will I take away from this class?
Students who take this class will appreciate the essentially systemic nature of energy development, and why the energy sector motivates such an enormous amount of business activity and political interest.
Overview of Topics By Week:
Week 1 – What is energy and who wants it?
Energy is the capacity to do work. In this most essential sense, energy is a basic human need. We will consider how technological innovations have increased the ability of mankind to do work, but only by increasing our demand for various sources of primary energy. We will examine the determinants of demand for energy, and the distribution of demand around the globe.
Week 2 – Where is energy and how do we use it?
A broad range of primary sources are used to satisfy our needs for energy. We will discuss non-renewable and renewable sources of primary energy, and how the distribution of those resources differs from the distribution of global demand.
Week 3 – Key Capabilities for Energy Business:
Development of primary energy resources requires a particular set of skills and technologies. We will examine the inputs employed by various energy development enterprises.
Week 4 – Key Stakeholders in Energy Business:
Energy enterprises engage in complex activities with far-reaching consequences. Consequently, these activities often motivate to action a diverse set of stakeholders. We will examine the essentially systemic nature of energy businesses, and how that leads inevitably to engagement in political spheres.
Week 5 – Strategic Considerations in Energy Business:
In the concluding week of the course, we will consider the strategic implications of the economic, commercial, and political environment of energy.