Computer Applications in Energy Management and Design Laboratory

Instructor Daniel Soto
Classroom Environmental Technology Center (ETC)
Units 4
Office Rachel Carson Hall 12
Email sotod@sonoma.edu
Research Assistants Tyler Bonson, Joshua Lozano, Justin Hoijer

Office Hours

Signup is online and can be accessed through my website at danielrsoto.com

Course Catalog Description

Lecture discussion course where students practice analysis, interpretation, visualization, and organization of energy data using scripting and spreadsheets. Topics include energy, cost, and carbon inventories. Course uses the campus as a living laboratory for data collection and exploration. Prerequisites: ENSP 330 and Junior or Senior status or consent of instructor.

Learning Objectives

Core Concepts

  • Digital measurements and representations of energy and power.
  • Data as a measure of energy and a proxy for human decisions.
  • Effective communication of the intention and implementation of an analysis.

Core Competencies

  • Find, acquire, and use digital data for quantitative analysis.
  • Interpret digital data by creating quantitative visualizations.
  • Recognize well-structured and poorly-structured data and suggest improvements.
  • Communicate your work to others in written and spoken communication.
  • Use discrete differences, cumulative sums, and descriptive statistics to calculate energy quantities.
  • Create questions that use digital data to provide insights into energy use.

Course Components

To develop your skills and reinforce your learning, we will be reading and reflecting, writing calculations and explanations, and taking in-class examinations and quizzes.

Reading Reflections and Discussions

In addition to learning the relevant material, students will be challenged to integrate and interrogate new ideas presented during readings and discussion.

You will complete the reading and a short reflection and questionnaire the night before class. In class, you will discuss the reading in groups to bring out your main interests in the reading. We will then convene as an entire class and discuss.

Homework

By completing the homework regularly, you will develop skills necessary to take a question and get estimate for the answer. You will also develop your ability to communicate and explain these estimates in writing.

Quizzes

By participating in classroom work regularly, you will gain skills you need to collaborate with others on problem solving. You will take quizzes in class in groups where everyone receives the same grade. This is designed to help you collaborate and communicate your ideas so that everyone in the group agrees. You will get multiple attempts on each question. Each incorrect answer will receive a grade deduction. Someone in each group will need access to a smartphone or laptop since part of the quiz will be on Moodle. If you have an unexcused absence on the day of work, you will not receive credit for that day's assignment. Quizzes will be in class and will often be unannounced.

Project

In this class, you will have several topics to choose from. You will form teams and devise and execute a research project using digital data for your results. This project will be broken up into homework assignments and other assignments. It will be the unifying theme throughout the course.

The working list of projects is:

  • SSU Dorm Energy Baseline
  • SSU Dorm Energy Reduction
  • Clinic Refrigeration
  • Lake Sentani Indonesia Photovoltaic Microgrid Consumption
  • ETC Energy Baseline
  • ETC Infiltration Rate

Grading

D

  • Quiz and exam average of 60% or above
  • Satisfactorily complete over 60% of homework assignments

C

  • Quiz and exam average of 70% or above
  • Satisfactorily complete over 70% of homework assignments

B

  • Quiz and exam average of 70% or above
  • Satisfactorily complete over 80% of homework assignments
  • Demonstrate strong group participation in project

A

  • Quiz and exam average of 80% or above
  • Satisfactorily complete over 90% of homework assignments
  • Demonstrate strong group participation in project
  • Present a poster on your project at the SOURCE Symposium

Late Work

You will get one pass which allows you to take a quiz alone despite your absence or turn in a homework up to one week late, or to redo an assignment that wasn't satisfactory. Use it wisely. There may be opportunities throughout the course to earn another pass. To apply one of your late passes, please enter it at this link .

Course Schedule

This course schedule is tentative and subject to change. This syllabus is posted online and I'll announce in class when I make any changes.

  • Week 2: Teams and agreements completed
  • Week 4: Research Question and proposal completed
  • Week 6: Preliminary Results
  • Week 8: Outline of Manuscript
  • Week 10: First Draft of Manuscript
  • Week 12: Second Draft of Manuscript
  • Week 13: SOURCE Symposium Poster Session
  • Week 15: Final Draft of Manuscript

Project Assignments

HW01 and HW02 Teams and Agreements

You will turn in both a team assignment and an individual assignment.

As a team, you will turn in answers to a series of questions. Team Assignment Link

  • Will you have a team leader?
  • Will you have team experts for different aspects of the project?
  • What is the lowest grade you will accept on the project?
  • Will you be submitting a poster?
  • What will you do if a team member fails to fulfill their agreements?

As an individual, you will turn in 200 words on the following Individual Assignment Link

  • What habits you create in order to comply with the group agreement?
  • What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of the project?

For full credit in the individual part, it should

  • be turned in on time
  • meet the length requirement
  • demonstrate a good-faith effort
  • not substantially resemble another student's work

HW03 and HW04 Research Proposal

You will turn in both a team assignment and an individual assignment.

As a team, you will turn in a proposal for your research project by providing a link in the project teams document.

These are the parts of the research proposal

  • Large topic of interest
  • Specific topic and question of interest
  • Impact of answering your question
  • Existing related work
  • Your contribution to this specific question
  • Method of research
  • What data do you need?
  • What analysis approach?
  • What results do you anticipate?

For full credit, the proposal should

  • clearly defines your project goals for each of the points listed above
  • be turned in on time
  • reflect a depth of thought and attention

As an individual, you will turn in 200 words on what your contributions were to the proposal and what you learned by doing it. Research Proposal Reflection

For full credit on the individual part, see the requirements for HW02.

HW05 and HW06 Preliminary Results

You will turn in both a team assignment and an individual assignment.

As a team, you will turn in a notebook that shows preliminary results of your project as well as the calculations to produce it and the intention of the calculations. You will choose a designated person from your group to turn this in via SageMathCloud. That person should sign up in the project spreadsheet. Your designated person will see an assignment in their SMC projects and upload your data files and notebooks into that folder and verify that you can run your analysis there.

For full credit on the group assignment

  • the intention of your calculations will be clearly articulated
  • the implementation of the calculation will be clear
  • the methodology will be clear
  • any remaining analysis or needs clearly stated and planned out
  • we should be able to run your analysis from the work you turned in, so that we can help with any errors

As an individual, you will turn in 200 words on what your contributions were and what you learned by doing it. Preliminary Results Individual Reflection

For full credit on the individual part, see the requirements for HW02.

HW07 Preliminary Results Peer Review Reflection

Using the links provided, read the preliminary results from at least three projects. Based on those results, you are asked to write a short (200 word) reflection on what you learned by looking at your colleagues' work. You may discuss new techniques, interesting questions, ways of explaining, or interesting visualizations.

For full credit on the reflection, see the requirements for HW04

Preliminary results peer review reflection form

HW08 and HW09 Manuscript Outline

You will turn in an outline in bullet form. You should have a bullet for each paragraph that states the topic of that paragraph. If you have supporting tables or figures, please include them.

Your manuscript should have the following sections with a few paragraphs for each.

  • Introduction
  • Related Literature
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion

For full credit the manuscript outline must

  • address each of the sections above in adequate detail
  • be turned in on time
  • reflect a depth of thought, attention, and effort

As an individual, you will turn in 200 words on what your contributions were to the outline and what you learned by doing it.

For full credit on the individual part, see the requirements for HW02.

HW10 Manuscript Outline Peer Review

Using the links provided, read the manuscript outlines from at least three projects. Based on those results, you are asked to write a short (200 word) reflection on what you learned by looking at your colleagues' work. You may discuss new techniques, interesting questions, ways of explaining, or interesting visualizations.

For full credit on individual part, it should meet the criteria for HW02

HW11 and HW12 First Draft

Due Sun 9 Apr 2017 11:59pm.

For the first draft, please fill in as much detail in your outlines as you currently have. Please be sure to set the permissions on your document so that anyone can provide comments.

HW13 First Draft Peer Reading

Using the links provided, read the manuscript first drafts from at least three projects. Based on those results, you are asked to write a short (200 word) reflection on how you want to improve your next draft based on reading the other work.

For full credit on individual part, it should meet the criteria for HW02.

HW14 Second Draft

HW15 Second Draft Individual Contributions

HW16 Second Draft Peer Reading and Reflection

Using the links provided, read the manuscript second drafts from at least three projects. Based on those results, you are asked to write a short (200 word) reflection on how you want to improve the final draft and your poster based on reading the other work.

For full credit on individual part, it should meet the criteria for the other reflections.

You will turn in this essay at this form.

HW17 Poster Upload

Please link a PDF of your poster to the project index spreadsheet.

HW18 Final Draft

To earn a passing grade, the final draft must on average meet expectations according to the following criteria. Each of these will be graded according to a three point scale of exceeds expectations, meets expectations, or needs improvement.

  • Overall organization and clarity
  • Questions clearly presented
  • Methods clearly presented and linked to questions
  • Results clearly stated
  • Context and implications of results are clearly stated

HW19 Calculation Appendix

The calculation appendix will allow future students to replicate your work. This requires not only the details of the calculations, but your thought process and intentions behind them so that the reader can reconstruct your thought process.

To earn a passing grade, the final draft must earn a passing average score according to the following criteria: Each of these will be graded according to a three point scale of exceeds expectations, meets expectations, or needs improvement.

  • Analysis should be clearly organized for the reader
  • Each analysis section should be linked to research questions
  • The intention of each analysis should be clearly stated
  • The implementation should be clear enough to reproduce

HW20 Course Reflection

This assignment is your opportunity to look back over the semester and evaluate your growth. Please write a 500-word essay that addresses the following questions.

  • Did you adhere to your team agreements in HW01?
  • What individual accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • What skills have you developed during this course?
  • What specific suggestions do you have to improve the course in the future, and what problems would they address?

Due Dates

  • Fri 3 Feb 2017 11:59pm, HW01 Teams and Agreements
  • Fri 3 Feb 2017 11:59pm, HW02 Teams and Agreements Individual
  • Fri 17 Feb 2017 11:59pm, HW03 Research Proposal
  • Fri 17 Feb 2017 11:59pm, HW04 Research Proposal Individual Contribution
  • Fri 3 Mar 2017 11:59pm, HW05 Preliminary Results
  • Fri 3 Mar 2017 11:59pm, HW06 Preliminary Results Individual Contribution
  • Fri 10 Mar 2017 11:59pm, HW07 Preliminary Results Peer Review Reflection
  • Fri 24 Mar 2017 11:59pm, HW08 Manuscript Outline
  • Fri 24 Mar 2017 11:59pm, HW09 Manuscript Outline Individual Contribution
  • Fri 31 Mar 2017 11:59pm, HW10 Manuscript Outline Peer Review
  • Fri 7 Apr 2017 11:59pm, HW11 First Draft link
  • Fri 7 Apr 2017 11:59pm, HW12 First Draft Individual Contribution link
  • Fri 14 Apr 2017 11:59pm, HW13 First Draft Peer Reading link
  • Fri 21 Apr 2017 11:59pm, HW14 Second Draft link
  • Fri 21 Apr 2017 11:59pm, HW15 Second Draft Individual Contribution link
  • Fri 28 Apr 2017 11:59pm, HW16 Second Draft Peer Reading link.
  • Wed 3 May 2017 4:00pm, HW17 Poster Upload
  • Sun 7 May 2017 11:59pm, HW18 Final Draft Manuscript
  • Sun 7 May 2017 11:59pm, HW19 Final Draft Appendix
  • Fri 12 May 2017 11:59pm, HW20 Course Reflection link

Agreements

Excused Absences: I grant excused absences when I receive a notification before the start of class with a brief and compelling reason for the absence. You do not need to reveal any personal information in your reason. You can find a link for our absence form here.

Respectful tone in classroom: Civility is required from all students during discussions and interactions. In general, I expect students to be supportive of each others learning goals.

Minimize electronic distractions: An important skill is self-regulation against distractions. Electronic devices are a potent source of distraction. However, we will not ban their use since they can be productive. We will frequently use Internet-connected electronic devices (phones, tablets) for learning purposes. However, using devices for social networks or other uses during class time is strongly discouraged.

Willingness to take risks and experiment: I frequently try new approaches to teaching and learning that you may find unusual. These are always with the intention of making this class as beneficial to you as possible.

University Policies

There are important University policies that you should be aware of, such as the add/drop policy; cheating and plagiarism policy, grade appeal procedures; accommodations for students with disabilities and the diversity vision statement. Go to this URL to find them. http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/studentinfo.shtml