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Code IF 401
Term 201602
Title Energy: Supply Chain, Economics and Geopolitics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Interfaculty Course(IF)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Guvenc Sahin,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture
Planned Learning Activities Discussion based learning

We address the production and the consumption of energy, its role in the global economy and the markets, its effect global politics and international relations and the influences reflected onto the consumers. The significance of energy in our daily lives is studied along with an insight into the consumption processes and mechanisms while understanding why and how energy is needed. Production of energy is studied with a technological and physical perspective in order to depict how alternative sources of energy are transformed into usable forms of energy. Principles and mechanisms of energy markets are investigated by positioning energy production as a core economic activity. We address how energy production and consumption drives the energy supply chain and decision making processes of parties in the supply chain. The role of energy on global, regional and local policies and their impact on the environment is investigated with an up-to-date perspective.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 3
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 3
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 2
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 1
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 3
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 5
Electronics Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software. 1
2 Analyze and design communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software using advanced knowledge on differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics. 1
Materials Science and Nano Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 3
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1
Mechatronics Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 2
2 Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 1
Industrial Engineering Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1
2 Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 3
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Exam 20
Recommended or Required Reading

The Quest (Book): Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. D. Yergin. 2012
The Boom (Book): How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Russell Gold. 2015.
Oil 101 (Book). Morgen Downey. 2009.
The Prize (Book): The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power. D. Yergin. 2009.
Sustainable energy without the hot air. D. J. MacKay. Free pdf book available at
? IEA World Energy Outlook Reports:
? IEA Technology Roadmaps:
? BP Statistical Review of World Energy Reports:
? BP Energy Outlook 2030 and 2035:
? TOTAL?s Planet Energy website:
? The Economist Journal: Articles and Special Reports on Energy:
? McKinsey consulting:
? Deloitte consulting:
? US Energy Information Administration (EIA) ? Energy Explained webpage:
? The Future of Natural Gas, MIT, 2011
? The World Nuclear Industry Status Report, 2014
? The Global Politics of Energy. Campbell and Price
? ExxonMobil ?The Outlook for Energy A View to 2030?
? Ahmet O. Evin, Energy and Turkey?s Neighborhood: Post Soviet Transformations and Transatlantic Interests
? Jamestown Foundation, Euroasia Daily Monitor:
? Hurriyet Daily News, Energy Section: