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Course Descriptions

  • BUSI3503
    Introduction to Energy Management

    This course substantiates society’s reliance on energy, across all aspects of life, and introduces business students to the nature of energy as a key aspect of business operations, from the energy supply sector to energy use across all aspects of business and society. It provides a historical overview of the energy economy, along with issues of energy resource planning, from conventional energy to renewable energy technologies, climate change mitigation, efficiency and conservation practices, and potential long-term energy transitions. The course also explores the full range of energy systems and applications, stakeholders and introduces relevant energy terminologies. (3 credits).

  • BUSI3513
    Energy Policy, Legislation, and Social Environment

    This course examines International as well as Canadian federal, provincial, and local government policy, legislation, and regulations affecting the energy industry and energy consumers. Students will explore constitutional issues, the changing regulatory environment, and the impact of stakeholders including indigenous peoples and environmental groups through the examination of a current Canadian energy project. Current federal and provincial incentive programs will be examined and strategies for building political, social, and business linkages for energy products and applications in the context of the principles of sustainable enterprise will be developed. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 3503

  • BUSI3523
    Energy Systems Operation

    This course focuses on the operation of energy systems in the business cycle. Students will explore the decision-making role of energy professionals in performing economic analyses regarding energy types, energy conservation, and other production trade-offs as they relate to company strategy. Students will identify how energy supply system management and conservation relates to customer satisfaction, improved performance, lower costs, and product development. Energy use standards such as ASHRAE, LEED, NECB, ISO 50001, and others will be applied to business processes. (3 credits) Pre-requisite(s): BUSI 3503 – Introduction to Energy Management

  • BUSI3533
    Energy Futures & Transitions

    This course provides students with the tools to understand the complexities of regional, national, and international energy markets, and the impact of global government policy on energy development as well as the changing nature of energy types and technologies. The course will focus on international energy development, energy contracts, sustainable development, and the management of environmental and corporate social responsibility issues. Clean energy systems and applications, use-cost curves, and energy application transitions and risk management will be applied to standard business scenarios. Forecasting energy management trends will be examined as a core component of business operations. Students will develop a major case analysis of an international energy project. (3 credits). Pre-requisite: BUSI3513, BUSI3523

  • BUSI3543
    Energy Strategy Capstone Project

    This course provides students with an opportunity to experientially reinforce, synthesize, and build on the energy management knowledge and skills they developed in the previous four EM courses. In the first half of the course students will work in teams to develop a business and environmental impact assessment of an existing “real-world” energy management initiative as it relates to the business and industry strategy of the proponent organization, based on publicly available information. In the second half of the course students will apply inter-disciplinary knowledge individually for the development of a hypothetical business case for a major Canadian or international energy management initiative of their selection. The purpose of the business case is to support a financial investment decision by a proponent, investor(s), and energy management program of an energy utility and/or government, if applicable. (3 credits) Pre- requisite(s): BUSI 3533 – Energy Futures and Transitions

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