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Free Energy Course (MOOC)

Global Energy Management: Free Energy Course


Fundamentals of Global Energy Business – Enrollment is now open!

This course addresses the diversity and integration of primary energy markets. It also studies the essential considerations driving business leaders and policy makers in the development of global energy resources. Lectures emphasize those basic economic principles that provide a foundation for thinking about the broad range of interactions that occur in energy markets.

Currently, this is a self-paced course which allows the learner to study the material at his/her own pace. The GEM Program will offer an instructor-guided course in September 2015. Students can earn a Verified Certificate (see below) in both the self-paced and instructor-guided course.




  • Most flexible – course assignments can be completed at student’s own pace
  • Does not have to be completed within a specific timeframe
  • Less engagement with instructor and other students

  • Less flexible – course assignments must be completed within two weeks for each module
  • Must be completed within the specified eight-week course offering
  • More engagement with instructor and other students

    Course Structure

    Week 1 - Demand for Energy
    • 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 energy. We will examine the determinants of demand for primary energy resources as well as the distribution of demand around the globe.
    Week 2 - Energy Supplies and Market Allocations
    • A broad range of primary resources are used to satisfy our need for energy. Accessing these resources depends on many factors, including available technologies and skills, and a number of political factors. We will address these factors as well as issues and trends in energy supply.
    Week 3 - Key Capabilities for Energy Business - Fossil Fuels
    • A range of technological and commercial factors determine accessibility and utilization of conventional energy resources. These lectures review considerations essential to the development of various fossil fuel sources of energy, including coal, oil, gas, and shale gas.
    Week 4 - Key Capabilities for Energy Business - Alternative Resources
    • A range of technological and commercial factors determine accessibility and utilization of unconventional energy resources. These lectures review considerations essential to the development of alternative sources of energy, including nuclear and various renewable resources.
    Week 5 - Stakeholders and Political Considerations in the Energy Business
    • Energy enterprises engage in complex activities with far-reaching consequences. As a result, these activities often motivate to action a diverse set of stakeholders. We will examine the systemic nature of energy businesses and how their activities inevitably necessitate political engagement.
    Week 6 - Strategic Analysis of Energy Business Opportunities
    • Frameworks for strategic analysis are useful for organizing the broad set of considerations necessary to achieve energy business objectives. These lectures introduce several rudimentary tools for strategic analysis and make use of those tools to evaluate the economic, commercial, and political environment of energy.




    Course assignments
    To successfully complete this course, students will need to take quizzes (which can be taken multiple times until material is mastered) and write an 800 word business memorandum that will be assessed by classmates. The memorandum will provide an analysis and/or recommendation for an energy business situation.

    Get recognized for your achievement!
    Students have the option of showcasing their success in the course with a Verified Certificate (cost is $49). A Verified Certificate is identity-linked and demonstrates that you completed this course. You can upload the certificate to your LinkedIn profile to make yourself more marketable to potential employers. The Verified Certificate is from both Coursera and the University of Colorado.


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