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Environmental Science 1
The Human Impact on the Natural World
co-taught with
Speech 104

Course Syllabus 

InstructorOffice HoursCourse LocationCourse Objectives
Required TextbooksWeb Sites You Must VisitLearning ContractAttendance and Timeliness
Course OutlineAssignment PhilosophyAssignment SummaryDetails of Assignments
GradingSaturday MeetingsVideo AssignmentsVideo Worksheets
Writing TipsWriting Scoring GuideOral Presentation GuideAssessing Your Own Work

Course Outline and Assignment Summary

NOTE: ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE TYPED (1-INCH MARGINS ALL AROUND, AND 1.5 OR DOUBLE SPACED, with 11 or 12 point fonts). Consult your approved style guide for guidelines.

READINGS: B2: "Biosphere 2000" CG: "My Name is Chellis"

CLASS #1
Topics
· Introduction / Formation of Small Groups
· Course Overview, Objectives, and Requirements
· What is Science? - Science and the Scientific Method
· The Earth as a Planet
· Resource Exploitation and Conservation
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 1,3,7; CG: Preface and Ch. 1
2. Formation of Study Groups
3. Short Answer: Chapter 1, #3 and #7
4. Begin planning your Nature Journal
CLASS #2
Topics
· Relationships among Population, Resource Use, and Technology
· Human Impacts on the Earth
· Hunting-Gathering, Agricultural, and Industrial Societies
· The Role of Women
· Important Physical Concepts
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 8, 9, 10, 24, 26; CG: Chapter 2
2. Short Answer: Ch. 9, #4
3. 1-page: Ch. 8, #6
4. Outline of Mini Paper #1
5. Nature Journal Status (where have you chosen to visit and what mode of expression will you use?)
CLASS #3
Topics
· Ecosystem Types and Importance
· Ecosystem Stress
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 4, 5, 6; CG: Chapters 3, 4
2. Short Answer: Ch. 4, #3; Ch. 5, #6
3. Mini Paper #1
CLASS #4
Topics
· Human Impact on Climate and the Atmosphere
Sources of Air Pollution and Controls
Smog and Acid Rain/Indoor Air Pollution
· Water Pollution
· Wastewater Treatment
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 14, 15, 21; CG: Chapters 5, 6
2. Short Answer: Ch. 14, #3
3. 1-page: Ch. 15, #2
4. Outline for Mini-paper #2
CLASS #5
Topic
· Renewable, Non-Renewable, and Perpetual Resources
Mineral Resources/Fossil Fuels
Nuclear Energy
Perpetual Resources
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 11, 12, 16, 18, 19; CG: Chapter 7
2. Mini-paper #2
3. Nature Journal Status Report (informal: just verbally report how it is going)
CLASS #6
Topic
· Plant and Animal Resources
· The Environment and Human Health
· Food/Pesticides
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 10, 17, 20, 22; CG: Chapter 8, 9
2. Short Answer: Ch 12, #1, #5; Ch. 20, #3
3. 1-page: Ch 10, #3
CLASS #7
Topic
· Public Lands
· Wilderness
· Culture, Religion, Ethics
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 22, 23, 24, 25; CG: Chapter 9, 10
2. Short Answer: Ch. 23, #1
3. Mini-paper #3
4. Nature Journal Status Report (informal: just verbally report how it is going)

CLASS #8
Topic
· Concept of Risk and Hazard
· Politics and The Environment
· Economics and the Environment
· Ecological Effects of Warfare

Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapters 13, 26, 27; CG: Chapters 11, 12
2. Short Answer: Ch. 13, #5; Ch. 26, #7
3. 1-page: Ch. 27, #4
4. Outline of Final Paper
CLASS #9
Topic
· Determining the Proper Course - Activism
· Personal Environmental Ethics
· Is A Sustainable Earth Possible
Assignments Due
1. B2: Chapter 28; CG: Chapter 13-15
2. Final Paper (integration of 1, 2 and 3)
3. Nature Journal
4. Self assessment
5. Entire Portfolio

 

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