University Partner Curriculum Modules
Dr. William Makofske, Professor of Physics
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Course Description (Click here for link to full course description):
An interdisciplinary examination of the global ecological crisis of our time. Global environmental problems will be reviewed, with emphasis being placed on the methods used to analyze and respond to these problems. This course satisfies general education 100 level requirements for either science or social science but not both. This course is a requirement for the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors.
This course typically has 10 sections per semester reaching 350 students.
- To have students develop an interdisciplinary global understanding of ecological and environmental problems.
- To help students develop analytical, reading, verbal and writing skills through lecture, discussion,debate, and written assignments.
- To help students develop research and writing skills through a term research paper.
- To help elucidate the role and responsibility of citizens in helping to achieve environmental quality.
- To help students understand the role of both the sciences and social sciences in understanding and solving environmental problems.
- To introduce the student to the internet as a resource tool.
- To foster interaction and debate about the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and solutions through Web- and class-based role playing and problem-solving teams.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Curriculum Module:
- The various types of fuel cells, their operational characteristics, and the most suitable applications for each.
- An extensive section on the use of fuel cells in automobiles. This would include not only the fuel cells themselves, but also the distributional network for the fuel, and the various methods of producing the hydrogen.
- An additional section on how fuel cells may be integrated into other areas of the society. This would include small power sources for computers as well as home fuel cell systems.
- A summary of the present state of research and development for fuel cells, and what further research and development is needed to bring certain applications on line.
- A bibliography of sources and further reading