Earth Materials, Environment, and Energy Resources

Price: $600.00


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This foundational course considers Earth’s place in the solar system and the composition of Earth. You will explore geological processes, the plate tectonics theory, Earth’s energy profile, Canada’s energy future, and the environmental effects of energy exploitation. You will learn to identify minerals/rocks as well as explain the origin and composition of earth material.

This micro-course examines the science behind the multiple energy resources we rely on and provides terms, resources, and the first steps for the subsequent courses. Through a series of self-guided course materials such as readings, interactive activities, and videos, you will understand the interactions of humans and earth material and discuss the effects of resource exploitation on the environment. You will also identify energy resources central to modern economies.

Earth Materials, Environment, and Energy Resources is the first course in a series of four that explore Innovative and Diversified Energy. In this course, you will:

  • Describe the key role played by energy resources in human development
  • Identify diverse energy resources central to modern economies
  • Explain the origin and composition of earth materials as they pertain to energy resources
  • Explain the interaction of humans and earth materials
  • Discuss the effect of resource exploitation on the environment

How It Works

Course Access
90 days

30-36 hours total

Online, On-Demand



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Bundle this course to earn a certificate in Innovative and Diversified Energy.

Who Will Benefit

  • Oil and gas professionals looking to improve their scientific knowledge in the foundations of energy and extraction
  • Business Owners in Oil & Gas industry who want to understand the recent science of the current energy mix
  • Current employees in the energy sector looking to upskill
  • Recent graduates with a science degree looking to pursue a specialization in energy
  • Those who are interested in Faculty of Science programs and want a place to start
  • Individuals looking to raise their awareness in the energy of fossil fuels

Featured Leaders

Dr. Ken Munyikwa

Dr. Ken Munyikwa, Associate Professor / Associate Dean, Student Experience

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and chemistry as well as a Master of Science in engineering geology. Following the completion of a PhD in Quaternary geology at the Free University of Brussels, Ken took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This was followed by a three year visiting assistant professor appointment at Seoul National University in South Korea before joining Athabasca University in 2006 where he currently serves as an associate professor of geology.

Industry Collaboration

Terrapin Geothermics

Terrapin Geothermics Inc. (Terrapin) helps large industrial emitters advance their net-zero commitments by generating emission-free, baseload heat and power from their operating assets. Unlike the traditional project developer, Terrapin builds turnkey clean energy projects at zero cost to the client by paying them for access to turn their waste heat into value. Terrapin is also the developer and majority owner of the Alberta No. 1 geothermal energy project, the first conventional geothermal heat and power facility in Alberta, Canada.

Founded in 2016, Terrapin is privately-owned and based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Marc Colombina

Marc Colombina

VP of Operations, Terrapin Geothermics (Terrapin)

Marc leads Terrapin’s operations in Canada and internationally. After starting as employee number 2 at Terrapin, Marc has grown his role from regulatory compliance & grant applications to overseeing the entire day-to-day operations of Terrapin.

Gray Alton

Gray Alton

VP of Project Development, Terrapin Geothermics (Terrapin)

Gray leads Terrapin’s geographical expansion across Canada and internationally. With 17 years of construction and project development experience, Gray scouts project opportunities and brings together all stakeholders required to conceptualize, develop, and finance waste heat and geothermal power projects.

Course FAQs

Is this an instructor-led course?

This course is designed to be self-paced with all materials you need for successful completion contained within the learning platform. The course has been designed by subject matter experts and includes interviews with leading experts, aligned to the course outcomes. The course is an immersive experience that includes a mix of content including video introductions and video content, impactful readings, learning checks, and interactive elements – all which can be completed at your own pace.

How much time will I need to spend?

Each course will require 30-36 hours to complete. You will have 90 days access from the time of registration to complete the course. After 90 days, the course will be closed.

Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?

No, you do not have to be online at a specific time. You complete the coursework at the times and places that fits your schedule. Each course is designed for working professionals who are balancing their work, family and community commitments.

When do I start?

You can start the course as soon as you register! You will automatically be directed to the interactive learning environment.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have 90 days from the time of registration to complete the course.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be issued for courses. Refunds may be considered under exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please contact for more information.

Are there tests or quizzes involved?

There will be activities, assignments, and short quizzes within the course to ensure you understand the content. All quizzes are designed to be accessible and easy to complete by engaging in the course content. Within each module, you will have the answers to each evaluation.

What are the computer requirements for this course?

You should have access to a Mac, PC, or tablet with an Internet connection, with Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox as a browser. Here is a link that outlines browser support:

For virtual sessions:

  • Speakers/headphones
  • Web camera and microphone

Learners that want to use their smart phone to access the courses can also download the D2L Pulse App for free to access the course available on Google Play:

Or the Apple App Store:

Does this course have prerequisites?

This course does not have a required prerequisite.

Who do I contact if I need help?

You can contact for assistance with any questions you may have. We are here to help!

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