The Energy Institute’s Elective Course Themes

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Master of Science in Energy Track 2 – Non-Thesis

Students pursuing Track 2 – Non-Thesis in the Master of Science in Energy are free to select from the entire set of Elective Modules to design a custom array of courses. The Texas A&M Energy Institute suggests three Elective Course Themes in the following topical areas: Energy Digitization, Energy Policy and Management, and Sustainable Energy.

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A theme nominally includes five courses. Click the course title to view the course description.

Energy Digitization

ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science Fundamentals for Energy I
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This is an introductory course discussing basic concepts and methods used in data science with an emphasis on applications in energy. Topics to be discussed include concepts of probability theory, probability distributions, statistical data modeling and inference, linear regression and predictive models, dimension reduction, introduction to machine learning, and statistical modeling of dependent data.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science Fundamentals for Energy II
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This is an introductory course discussing machine learning methods commonly seen in data science with an emphasis on applications in energy. Topics to be discussed include supervised and unsupervised learning, clustering, classification, predictive models, performance evaluation, neural networks, and reinforcement learning.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-615
Smart Grid Fundamentals
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Fundamentals of electricity grid development; monitoring, control and protection; renewable generation; microgrids and grid integration; electricity markets; long term planning and associated risk, and grid robustness.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science for Power Systems
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to basic concepts and methods of data science with an emphasis on energy-related applications. Discusses probability theory, data-based statistical modeling and inference, linear and non-linear regression and predictive models, dimensionality reduction, introduction to machine learning, and statistical modeling of dependent data.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science for Intelligent Oil Field Operations
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to the “digital oil field” (DOF) and the incorporation of new practices to leverage new technologies in drilling, production, and reservoir management processes. Discusses state-of-the-art digital technologies applied in the context of reservoir exploration and production, instrumentation, workflows for automation in drilling, production, and reservoir management. Overview of artificial intelligence for the smart integration of production systems.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Data Science Applications for Process Systems Engineering
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Motivated by the expectations for the impacts that data science will have on science and engineering, the goal of this class is to enhance the fundamental understanding and applications of data science throughout the process systems engineering field, particularly with a focus on energy applications.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Energy Policy and Management

ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
International Energy Law
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

The impact of international law on energy activities. Discussion of the legal framework for trade and investment in the energy sector, as well as rules governing energy development, the climate, and the environment. Overview of corporate responsibility and human rights consequences of energy activities.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Energy Finance
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Overview of the valuation process for energy industry assets with specific emphasis on project financing off-balance sheet, non-recourse financing arrangements. Valuation of alternative energy projects or assets and development of investment recommendations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Renewable Energy Law
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This module provides an overview of domestic renewable energy law policies and practices. It explores and analyzes laws that allocate interests in energy resources and that regulate energy production and delivery strategies so as to promote economic efficiency and to mitigate adverse impacts on the natural environment.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Managing Projects
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Application of management processes to complex interdisciplinary organizational environments through the study of program and project management; adoptions of traditional management theories to the project environment; master typical project management microcomputer software for project planning; resource allocation; project budgeting; and control of project cost, schedule and performance.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Energy Industry Project Portfolio Management
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

This management course is an overview of project portfolio management (PPM), especially regarding the energy industry. PPM is the highest level of the project organizational hierarchy. The course is designed to provide an appreciation for the elements of portfolio planning and optimizing. Unlike project management’s project planning, execution, monitoring, and closing, portfolio management is concerned with selecting projects that align with strategy and monitoring to ensure they continue to add value.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-623
Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Securing energy, clean water and greening agriculture; principles of the Water-Energy-Food nexus and its application to the corresponding three themes; includes hands on laboratory.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-624
Energy-Water Nexus
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Various aspects of energy-water nexus including the fundamentals, technologies, applications and economics; focus on energy production, conversion and utilization; connection with water production, treatment, delivery and usage.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Sustainable Energy

ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Renewable Abiotic Energy Resources & Conversion
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Study of the rapid development and progress of renewable abiotic energy resources and conversion technologies: renewable energy and resources; direct power conversion photovoltaics, thermal conversion via concentrating solar and geothermal power strategies; chemical conversion via photon energy systems; energy from the wind; blue energy from oceans, rivers, and lakes; overview of fundamentals of renewable energy storage and distribution.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-631
Sustainability Considerations In Energy
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduces principles of sustainability within energy systems. Examines economic, environmental, and societal aspects using quantitative assessments. Promotes informed decision-making through explanations of available assessment tools, the boundaries of analysis, and process integration considerations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-610
The Global Energy Future
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Global energy outlook including energy demand, population growth and humanitarian issues, environmental and climate concerns, and the energy/water nexus and water scarcity; evolution of the global oil and gas industry; controlling nations, laws and agencies (OPEC, IEA, etc.); international and domestic climate change laws and policies; global future of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-689
Special Topics in Energy:
Sustainable Development through Intensification
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to sustainable development of energy systems and energy-intensive systems with a focus on identification and design through intensification. Analysis of the performance of systems through economic, utilization, environmental, and waste considerations.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-619
Nanomaterials Engineering and Energy Storage
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Nanomaterial synthesis and processing with an emphasis on the creation of materials relevant to energy storage (batteries, capacitors, etc.). Prior knowledge of an undergraduate engineering level of familiarity of chemistry and physics is desirable.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ICPE-622
Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Credits: 1.5 (1.5 Lecture Hours)

Introduction to energy efficiency in buildings; understanding the energy use in buildings, the heating and cooling requirements, the role of renewable energy resources, the impact of lighting, the role of optimal control measures in existing and new buildings, the verification of energy savings, and the building energy simulation.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

‡ Denotes courses not offered during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.