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EME 589 - (EME 597) Management and Design of RESS

This is a sample syllabus.

This sample syllabus is a representative example of the information and materials included in this course. Information about course assignments, materials, and dates listed here is subject to change at any time. Definitive course details and materials will be available in the official course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


During your time in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Program, you have learned a variety of concepts and strategies for solving unique challenges relating to the energy economy. This capstone course offers you an opportunity to engage in a team-based project where you will collectively apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired. Working collaboratively, you will conduct an analysis and establish a design document that will address major energy and related sustainability concerns for a “client organization,” herein just known as the client. The project being proposed needs to be for a local client, so stakeholder interactions can occur with at least one of the team members. Also, the project needs to be within the client’s capacity to manage and make decisions.

The class project will consist of a semester-long effort of a team of final-year RESS students, carrying out the following phases of effort: project definition, working with stakeholders, preliminary design, technology selection towards a detailed design, and a presentation of the final report followed by evaluation. Deliverables from the project will include a full written report by the team and intended for the client, accompanying appendices of calculations and related documents as well as individual work, and an oral presentation overview of project findings.


Students who excel in this course are able to:

  • Evaluate the project's economic feasibility
  • Cite materials, methods, and information from other RESS courses
  • Explain how the project design addresses the needs of the client in a sustainable manner
  • Analyze how the project includes renewable energy, smart grid, and energy storage technologies with the goal of both zero carbon and energy resiliency
  • Communicate with stakeholders to develop a project suitable to all significant interests

Required Materials

Typically, there are no required materials for this course. If this changes, students will find a definitive list in the course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


This course is for RESS MPS students only and requires instructor permission. You will need to be within the last year of completing your RESS MPS to join the course.


We have worked hard to make this the most effective and convenient educational experience possible. How much and how well you learn is dependent on your attitude, diligence, and willingness to ask for clarifications or help when you need them. We are here to help you succeed. Please keep up with the class schedule and take advantage of opportunities to communicate with us and with your fellow students. You can expect to spend an average of 8 – 10 hours per week on class work.

Major Assignments

This course will rely on a variety of methods to assess and evaluate student learning, including:

  • Final Project (50% of total grade)
  • Final Presentation (25% of total grade)
  • Discussions and Group Participation (25% of total grade)

Course Schedule

Course Schedule
11Project Management, Team Dynamics, and Scholarship, Part 1
  • Submit all project proposals
  • Discussion Forum
12Project Management, Team Dynamics, and Scholarship, Part 2
  • Vote on project proposals
  • Discussion Forum
23Project Definition and Working with Stakeholders, Part 1
  • Organize into teams
  • Complete first team meeting; 
  • Complete stakeholder resource worksheet
24Project Definition and Working with Stakeholders, Part 2
  • Complete second team meeting; 
  • Initiate contact with primary stakeholders; 
  • Complete stakeholder resource worksheet
35Project Description and Preliminary Design, Part 1
  • Complete third team meeting; 
  • Develop draft of project design worksheet; 
  • Discussion Forum
36Project Description and Preliminary Design, Part 2
  • Complete fourth team meeting; 
  • Complete draft of project design worksheet
37Project Description and Preliminary Design, Part 3
  • Complete fifth team meeting; 
  • Complete feasibility assessment
48Technology Selection and Detailed Design, Part 1
  • Complete sixth team meeting; 
  • Draft of detailed design; 
  • Discussion forum
49Technology Selection and Detailed Design, Part 2
  • Complete seventh team meeting; 
  • Refine draft of detailed design; 
  • Continue to gather feedback from stakeholders on projected technologies
410Technology Selection and Detailed Design, Part 3
  • Complete eighth team meeting; 
  • Complete draft of detailed design; 
  • Discussion forum
411Technology Selection and Detailed Design, Part 4
  • Complete ninth team meeting; 
  • Converge all proposals into a single group draft of detailed design for the client
512Presentation, Part 1
  • Complete tenth team meeting; 
  • Draft of final presentation
513Presentation, Part 2
  • Complete eleventh team meeting; 
  • Complete final presentation
514Presentation, Part 3
  • Complete twelfth team meeting; 
  • Final presentations delivered via Zoom
515Presentation, Part 4
  • Compile and submit final documents for evaluation of written proposal; 
  • Deliver proposal to the client