Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Graduate Courses in Technology (TEC)
Chad Everhart, Department Chair
TEC 5000. Research in Technology (3).S. A comprehensive study of the types, components, methods, and tools of research. Emphasis is placed on promoting an understanding of research design, statistical analysis, searching literature, data collection, and publication of results. The student is required to prepare a proposal for research that will expand knowledge within the field of concentration.
TEC 5119. Industrial Leadership, Organization, and Communication (3).F. Current principles of leadership, organization, and communication as they relate to industrial settings. Emphasis will be placed on the driving forces of change, change agents, and how to be successful managing the necessary elements of change for effective utilization of human resources. Case studies will be provided to study how successful companies are responding to the new demands of leadership, organization, and communication.
TEC 5129. Project Management (3).S. The study of management procedures, techniques, and practices in technical settings. A systems approach to managing processes and solving problems is emphasized. Topics include a variety of tools and techniques that project managers use to achieve success, including economic analysis, basic statistics, decision trees, personnel costing, critical path method, and scheduling software. Students will use spreadsheets to employ many of these techniques. In addition, the course investigates personnel relations, leadership techniques, facility layout and design, just-in-time inventory, planning for expansion, and other management issues.
TEC 5139. Technology and Culture (3).S. A study of the complex relationships between culture, society, science and technology through selected readings, seminar discussion, written critiques and conferencing. Examples of these relationships will be taken from historical accounts and from analyses of contemporary societies, both industrial and non-industrial. Emphasis will be on the technical and sociocultural dimensions within the technical areas of energy and the environment, transportation, communication, and production systems.
TEC 5149. Entrepreneurship in Technology and Science (3).F. This course focuses on theories and strategies that are necessary for successful entrepreneurial activity in the fields of technology and science. Using a diverse set of resources including outside speakers, targeted readings, videos, personal exploration, and discussion, students will define their own potential entrepreneurial paths. The final project involves the development of a complete business plan.
TEC 5210. Theory and Practice of Engineering Thermodynamics (3).S. The course covers the fundamentals of thermodynamics relevant to renewable energy and building energy systems, including thermodynamic properties, energy and mass conservation, enthalpy, entropy, the laws of thermodynamics, analysis of thermodynamic systems, reversible and irreversible processes, gas cycles, and vapor cycles. Thermodynamic principles are applied to renewable energy and building energy situations. This course is designed for students who have completed introductory coursework in thermodynamics at the undergraduate level. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
TEC 5220. Theory and Practice of Thermal Fluid Systems (3).F. This course provides an integrated development of fundamental principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer with practical applications in renewable energy and building energy systems. Topics include radiant heat exchange, combined modes of heat transfer, computer techniques in heat transfer analysis and design, environmental heat transfer, integral and differential analysis of fluids, potential flow, boundary layer analysis, flow in closed and open channels, flow dynamics of turbomachinery, and steady and unsteady flows. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
TEC 5260. Renewable Energy Engineering (3).F. This course covers the science of renewable energy resources; energy conversion processes used in solar, wind, water, and biomass systems; and the engineering and analysis of systems that harvest these resources. Hydrogen and other storage mechanisms will be considered. System outputs, limitations, and optimization will be investigated. The design of both residential- and unity-scale systems will be explored. Software will be used to aid qualitative and quantitative understanding of these systems. The course will include classroom, hands-on design, and field experiences.
TEC 5270. Advanced Computer Modeling of Renewable Energy (3).S. This course provides an extensive and an in-depth look at modeling software packages used in the renewable energy industry. Topics may include wind farm design (WindPRO) and thermal modeling (TRNSYS). Renewable energy system design and engineering will be quantitatively explored, as will performance estimation and optimization. Topics will be presented as case studies, with systematic problem solving emphasized throughout and final reports produced. Prerequisite: a good working knowledge of Excel/spreadsheet software is required.
TEC 5309. Computer Networking (3).S. Even-numbered years. An introduction to computer networking technologies is presented. The representation of information by analog and digital electrical signals will be discussed. Methods of modulation, multiplexing, encoding, and the transmission of information along the media will be presented. Networking topologies, protocols, and in particular the OSI reference model will be presented. Software and hardware requirements for the implementation of Local Area Networks (LANs) will be emphasized. In particular, developing the skills needed for installation, troubleshooting, and optimization of networks will be the primary goal of the course.
TEC 5380. Advanced Building Science (3).F. This course is an advanced study of the physical principles behind the interaction of buildings with the environment, as well as the performance of heating, cooling, ventilation, and humidity control equipment. The coursework emphasizes recent research into the various fields of diagnostic building studies, indoor air quality, air flow, comfort, moisture flow and control, and HVAC systems. In addition to discovering how to predict building performance via calculations, students will use a variety of diagnostic tools to test buildings and building materials. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: TEC 5708 or permission of instructor.
TEC 5390. Building Thermal Systems Engineering (3).S. This course investigates heating, cooling, humidity control, and ventilation and their effects on thermal comfort and energy consumption in the built environment. Traditional, high performance, and emerging technologies and practices are studied in the context of energy efficiency. Load calculations, system specification, integration, and whole-building control models are explored.
TEC 5409. Technical Presentations (3).F. Odd-numbered years. A study and development of technical reports and presentations. Emphasis is placed on presentation production methods and materials including computer applications.
TEC 5410. Integrated Design Studio (6).S. In this course, students will participate as members of a multidisciplinary design team with a goal of generating comprehensive plans for low-impact, high-performance buildings. The integrated design studio setting will emphasize the ways in which design and construction are intertwined by focusing on "buildable" designing, planning, and estimating using building information modeling (BIM). Emphasis will also be placed on incorporation of energy efficiency strategies, renewable energy systems, and alternative construction systems. In addition, students will employ design innovation and research strategies, with a goal of creating unique systems that might result in development of intellectual property. Studio eight hours.
TEC 5420. Sustainable Design/Build Laboratory (3).SS. In this course, students will transition from creation of digital design models to construction of physical components. Construction administration design activities will include creation of shop drawings for fabrication of components as well as design revisions. In addition, management activities such as final cost estimation, final planning and scheduling, permitting, and site preparation will occur. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
TEC 5430. Project Site Administration (3).F. Students will serve in leadership roles on final implementation of a sustainable building project, which may include pre-fabrication of building components and/or on-site assembly. As team managers, students will oversee all facets of project administration, including monitoring budgets, subcontractors, and site logistics. The overall goal of the project is construction that minimizes environmental impact in all aspects of the design/build process. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
TEC 5440. Advanced Building Information Modeling (3).On Demand. Presents advanced topics in architectural software and its uses in design, planning, and construction. Students will create 3D models of construction assemblies and buildings; create parametric BIM objects and extract data in the form of material takeoffs and schedules; and use BIM for directed research on topics such as daylighting simulation, estimating, fabrication analyses, and solar siting. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
TEC 5500. Independent Study (1-4).F;S. Approved contract required.
TEC 5509. Technical Competency Development (3). F;S. Individual study and research in the technologies and rationale for procedures used in industry. Emphasis placed on new technologies. Projects will be based upon the technical competencies as determined by the individual concentration areas. A written proposal for the study must be approved by the supervising faculty member and graduate advisor. The student's study is to include a project with a written report as well as an oral presentation. Course may be repeated once barring duplication.
TEC 5525. Product of Learning (1-3).On Demand. Graded on an S/U basis.
TEC 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.
TEC 5560. Advanced Problems in Technical Areas (1-2).On Demand. Individual research. Areas to be determined by need, background, and interest. Prerequisite: must have been admitted to candidacy.
TEC 5573. Control System Technology (3).S. A detailed study of the architecture of modern programmable control systems. The course will include computation, machine representation of information, storage structures, buses, input/output interfacing, peripheral devices, and instruction codes. Theory to be reinforced by hands on experience. Some theory and practical experience in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) will be introduced. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4573.]
TEC 5604. Sustainable Transportation (3).On Demand. This course focuses on emerging technologies and strategies for creating sustainable transportation systems. Specific topics may include: public transportation strategies, bicycle technologies, electric vehicles, energy efficient transportation options, and alternative fuels such as biodiesel, alcohol, natural gas, and hydrogen. The environmental, social, economic, and technological aspects of these options will be explored. Students will complete a significant independent project. Lecture three hours.
TEC 5605. Sustainable Resource Management (3).On Demand. This course focuses on material efficiency strategies, recycling, composting, and the concept of life cycle design. A range of resource management philosophies, technologies, and techniques will be discussed and analyzed. Students will complete a significant independent project. Lecture three hours.
TEC 5606. Sustainable Water and Wastewater Technology (3).On Demand. Traditional and alternative water and wastewater treatment methods and technologies will be addressed in this course. Students will study how to analyze the water cycle and develop water management strategies that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Topics may include water availability, water quality and purification techniques, water quality assessment, water pumping, water use efficiency, grey water, composting toilets, "living machines," and water use policies. Students will complete a significant independent project. Lecture three hours.
TEC 5607. Wind and Hydro Power Technology (3).F;S. This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, tools, techniques and materials needed to design and construct systems that convert wind and hydro resources into electricity. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to measure these renewable resources and to estimate the power that could be produced from them. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to design and construct complete renewable electricity systems and become familiar with many contemporary products used in renewable electricity systems. The course will include classroom and "hands-on" design, construction and possibly some field trip experiences outside of class. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: TEC 1728 (Architectural Graphics and Computer Modeling), TEC 2029 (Society and Technology), TEC 2601 (Energy Issues and Technology), TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes), TEC 2718 (Building Mechanical Systems), and TEC 3638 (Foundations of Appropriate Technology) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with TEC 4607.]
TEC 5608. Photovoltaic System Design and Construction (3).F;S. This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, tools, techniques and materials needed to design and construct systems that convert solar resources into electricity with photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to assess the solar resources available at a particular site and how that information can be used to properly design PV systems. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to design and construct complete code compliant photovoltaic systems and become familiar with contemporary trends and products. The course will include classroom and "hands-on" design, construction and possibly some field trip experiences outside of class. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: TEC 1728 (Architectural Graphics and Computer Modeling), TEC 2029 (Society and Technology), TEC 2601 (Energy Issues and Technology), TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes), TEC 2718 (Building Mechanical Systems), and TEC 3638 (Foundations of Appropriate Technology) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with TEC 4608.]
TEC 5609. Seminar in Career and Technology Education (3).On Demand. An overview of the historical development and current status of vocational education. Course content and assignments will focus on federal and state legislation; vocational funding; integrated learning; vocational student assessment; work-based learning; the current status and structure of vocational education; and other issues. Lecture three hours.
TEC 5618. Sustainable Building Design and Construction (3).F;S. This course introduces students to the concepts and best practices related to sustainable building design and construction. Course topics include green building certification programs, sustainable building design software, high performance construction practices, resource efficient material selection, sustainable site planning, water efficiency, indoor air quality, and passive solar design. The course also explores a variety of unconventional building techniques and building materials such as straw bale, adobe, cob, and geodesics. Other topics discussed include sustainable community design, low impact development, composting, recycling, and grey water systems. Prerequisite: TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with TEC 4618.]
TEC 5619. Curriculum Development in Career and Technology Education (3).SS. Planning and development of teacher- and student- directed activities that align with state curriculum models. Students will create instructional videos and a variety of computer- generated instructional materials for use in technology education and other career and technical education programs. Emphasis is also placed on assessment strategies and on locating, evaluating, and revising existing instructional materials including computer-based materials. Lecture three hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4619.]
TEC 5628. Solar Thermal Energy Technology (3).F;S. This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, tools, materials and techniques needed to convert solar energy into heat. Specific technologies to be studied include solar cookers, solar dryers, solar water heaters, solar water pasteurization/distillation, solar greenhouses/coldframes, and some house heating systems. Students will develop skills in the use of tools, materials, and processes which effectively and efficiently capture and convert the sun's energy into thermal energy. The course will include traditional classroom and "hands on" design, construction and testing activities. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: TEC 1728 (Architectural Graphics and Computer Modeling), TEC 2029 (Society and Technology), TEC 2601 (Energy Issues and Technology), TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes), TEC 2718 (Building Mechanical Systems), and TEC 3638 (Foundations of Appropriate Technology) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with TEC 4628.]
TEC 5629. Organization and Management of Career and Technology Education (3).S. Instruction and laboratory experiences in the organization and management of technology education programs, including: selection and sources of equipment and supplies; facility planning; safety organization and management concerns; scheduling; student evaluation; and discipline. Computer applications incorporated throughout. Lecture three hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4629.]
TEC 5638. Contemporary Problems in Appropriate Technology (3).On Demand. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of contemporary problems facing the Appropriate Technology movement such as affordable and efficient alternative energy systems, small scale production systems, waste management and recycling, bioregional development, community and shelter design and technology transfer methodology. Each student will have the opportunity to explore in-depth a problem of their choosing and will be given guidance in the identification, definition and analysis of their chosen problem. Both library research and prototype or model construction will be required. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
TEC 5639. Career and Technical Student Organizations (3).F;S. An in-depth study of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) and how to organize and manage a local chapter. Related activities such as service learning, establishing an advisory board, and career planning will also be covered. Lecture three hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4639.]
TEC 5660. Instructional Strategies in Career and Technology Education (3).F. The study of instructional strategies appropriate for use in trade and industry (grades 9-12) and technology education (grades K-12) classrooms. Class discussions will focus on learning theory, design-based instruction, and standards-based instructional planning. Students will prepare unit and lesson plans, prepare and deliver presentations and demonstrations, and engage in K-12 classroom-based observations. Lecture three hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4660.]
TEC 5670. Seminar (0).F;S. Required of all graduate students. Students will be required to attend all departmental seminars while enrolled as full-time students. Graded on an S/U basis.
TEC 5700. Biofuels Technology (3).F.S. An examination of evolving biofuel technologies such as biodiesel, alcohol, cellulose products, and methane which are being developed to displace depleting fossil fuels (diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and coal). This course will introduce students to the basic concepts, tools, techniques, and materials needed to assess, design, and construct biofuels technology systems. Coursework will include multimedia presentations, lectures, discussions, films, field trips, homework, guest-speakers, and laboratory activities. Topics include: internal combustion engine technology, biodiesel chemistry and physical properties, combined heat-power systems, materials compatibility, by-products, closed-loop designs, energy balance, life cycle assessment, ASTM specifications, fuel analysis, feedstocks, biofuels and agriculture, biofuels in developing countries, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biogas and landfill gas, and eco-industrial models. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4700.]
TEC 5708. Building Science (3).On Demand. This course introduces students to the complex ways in which buildings interact with their environment. Particular issues include how moisture problems occur, how to protect building occupants from poor health due to indoor air quality, how to prevent building durability problems, and how to provide more energy efficient and comfortable building for clients. The course shows students how to use diagnostic equipment, such as blower doors, duct leakage testing devices, indoor air quality measurement devices, and air flow detection equipment. Students will be required to conduct a field-based project that includes building science diagnostic testing, analysis of technical data, and preparation of comprehensive written reports. Prerequisites: TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes), MAT 1020 (College Algebra with Applications) or higher, or permission of the instructor.
TEC 5709. Forecasting and Assessment of Technology (3).On Demand. This course examines three main subjects: 1) Methodologies developed to forecast technological growth, including economic analysis of emerging technologies. 2) Procedures and methods for assessing the impact of technologies on the economy, the environment, and society. 3) Societal issues regarding both technological growth and studying the future of technology.
TEC 5711. Computer Modeling of Renewable Energy Systems (3).F;S. This course will introduce students to a variety of software packages for modeling the performance of renewable energy systems, and will help them develop proficiency in their use. Software packages may include Excel, FChart, PVFChart, BLCC, HOMER, WindCAD, RETScreen, and ARCReader. Students will study how to predict the performance of a variety of solar heating technologies, photovoltaics, wind turbines, and solar house designs. The economics and environmental benefits of renewable energy systems will also be explored. File formats and memory allocation schemes, as they relate to understanding data storage, will be discussed. Effective problem solving skills will be emphasized throughout the course. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. [Dual-listed with TEC 4711.]
TEC 5718. Construction Management (3).On Demand. This course introduces students to the mechanics of managing construction projects and personnel. Organizational structures, required licenses, codes, permits, safety requirements, personnel management, customer relations, scheduling, accounting, insurance, and financing are addressed. Special attention is given to the use of computer software, such as spreadsheets and scheduling programs, for construction management activities. Prerequisites: MAT 1025 (Algebra and Elementary Functions) or higher, TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes), TEC 2718 (Building Mechanical Systems), TEC 2738 (Commercial Construction Technology), TEC 3718 (Construction Estimating), and basic knowledge of computer word processing, Internet procedures, and spreadsheets, or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with TEC 4718.]
TEC 5728. Commercial Building Design (3).F;S. This is an advanced level course exploring the broad field of architectural building design. It investigates the details of buildings, from structural elements to decorative components. Students have the opportunity to learn a variety of design development techniques, including manual drafting, sketching and rendering, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), and model building. Required course projects include a full set of construction drawings for a commercial building using CADD software, as well as a rendering and model of the building. Students will also research and prepare a detailed report on a historical or current topic in architecture. Prerequisite: TEC 3728 (Residential Architecture).
TEC 5758. Planning and Scheduling (3).F;S. This course introduces students to the complex process of planning for construction projects. The course covers project planning and scheduling, determining and leveling project resources, estimating, budgeting, and cost control for construction projects. Special attention will be given to the use of specialized scheduling software for construction management activities. Prerequisites: MAT 1025 (Algebra and Elementary Functions) or higher, TEC 2708 (Construction Technology and Building Codes), TEC 2718 (Building Mechanical Systems), TEC 2738 (Commercial Construction Technology), TEC 3718 (Construction Estimating), or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with TEC 4758.]
TEC 5809. Research and Development in Technical Areas (3).F. In this course, students will be required to design and carry out an original research project, including data collection and analysis and preparation of a research report for publication consideration. Prerequisite: TEC 5000 (Research in Technology) or permission of the instructor.
TEC 5900. Internship (3-6).On Demand. A guided practical experience in an industrial or business setting. No more than three hours can be applied to a graduate program of study. Graded on an S/U basis.
TEC 5909. Computer Uses for Technical Research and Development (3).F. A seminar course with an emphasis on the effective use of computer applications used in technical areas. Designed to allow for research and development activities related to the specific needs of individual students.
TEC 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).On Demand. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. TEC 5989 does not count toward a degree.
TEC 5999. Thesis (3-6).On Demand. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.