Introduction to Electricity and Power Generation

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

Under­stand key con­cepts relat­ed to elec­tric­i­ty and major forms of pow­er gen­er­a­tion. Learn about the impor­tance and dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions of direct and alter­nat­ing cur­rent. Get an overview of con­ven­tion­al and alter­na­tive forms of elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­a­tion. Acquire foun­da­tion­al knowl­edge in con­ven­tion­al and renew­able ener­gy sys­tems, as well as the most inno­v­a­tive appli­ca­tions on the market.

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Course duration
Apr 5, 2021Apr 18, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

14 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Gabriel JohnID: gabriel-john

Gabriel John is a professional agrologist with extensive experience in program design and implementation in the areas of climate change, emissions management, clean energy, and emerging technologies. His government and academic work in the past decade has focused on developing strategic policies and innovative programs in the complex energy-environment nexus. Gabriel currently works on strategic environmental and sustainable energy policies and programs, including leading the development of policies relating to renewable development and the de-carbonization of the electricity sector.

Your Instructor

Shehin RahemtullaID: shehin-rahemtulla

With a background in renewable energy engineering, Shehin Rahemtulla specializes in microgrid design, feasibility, and technical due diligence. Her extensive experience in the area includes working at organizations like Wood Clean Energy, Innergex Renewable Energy, BC Hydro Applied Innovation, Suncor, and the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre. Shehin currently works as the renewable energy specialist at Coast Funds, where she supports First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii in transitioning their fossil fuel-dependent electrical grids to renewable energy sources.

Class info
  • There will be a one hour Live Q&A session at 5 pm MST, Monday, April 12.
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until April 5, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

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  • Online delivery
  • 14 hour course, no prerequisites

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