Readings each week in the course Content area should be completed prior to submitting assignments or weekly discussion postings. All graded assignments will rely on information derived from the readings and online research. During weeks when two labs will be completed, the first lab will be conducted Monday through Thursday, and the second lab will be conducted Thursday through Sunday. Check the Schedule of Due Dates for specific due dates of quizzes, assignments, and discussion questions.
There will be weekly class activities and/or lab activities associated with preparing for course assignments and conducting the labs. Please complete the class and lab activities as indicated for each week.
Lab Assignments must be completed and posted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by the due dates given each week. The criteria are detailed in the Assignment Expectations section of the Content area in the course. Lab Assignment descriptions are as follows:
Lab Report Assistants are required for most labs. For each week requiring this assignment, you will find a Lab Report Assistant template. This report basically includes all the questions and tables that you should fill out as you work your way through the lab. As you complete the lab, fill out these questions, data tables, graphs, etc. Each Lab Report Assistant should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox no later than the assigned due date.
Photo Sets: Photo documentation is required for certain steps of most labs. Required photos include documenting various steps of the experiments, hand-drawn observations, or personal observations. Digital photos should be pasted into a Word document, and grouped together on a single page for each lab. In the Start Here section of the course Content area, you will find a Lab Resources section that includes a document entitled Weekly Required Photo Documentation. This is a week-by-week list of required photos to be submitted based on each lab. The required photos that are specific steps of an experiment should be embedded directly into the Lab Report Assistant. Other required photos are to be pasted into a Word document and submitted to the appropriate Dropbox each week.
Prelab Hazard Assessments: Some labs will require a Prelab Hazard Assessment to be completed. Use the Prelab Hazard Assessment Template found under course Content. This assessment involves reviewing possible safety hazards for each lab, researching any potentially harmful chemicals using the MSDS information provided. Each Prelab Hazard Assessment should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox no later than the assigned due date.
Other Lab Assignments: Lab Safety Agreement, Lab Kit Contents List, ESA Questions, and Agroforestry Case Study. These Lab Assignments should be completed according to the instructions provided in the course, and then submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area of the course by each assigned due date.
Lab 3: Full Lab Report
For Lab 3, you will have to write a standard scientific lab report. After completing this lab and collecting all data, you will write a complete lab report on the difference between commercial pH strips and homemade pH strips. A complete lab report has an introduction, a methods section, results in the form of tables or graphs, and a brief discussion of results. You will use How to Write a Lab Report as a guide.
The full lab report for Lab 3 is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4.
Each week your original post and peer response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT of the day mentioned in the schedule of due dates. For initial responses, a total of 5 points will be allotted only when the answers are complete, concise, and demonstrate familiarity with the readings. For responses to classmates, a total of 3 points will be allotted only when the responses are substantive and help to advance the discussion and/or our understanding of the subject. Responses pose questions or respond to questions of classmates. At least two responses for each topic are required to attain full points. For participation in discussion, a total 2 points will be allotted. Those who post early and often contribute more to the discussion than those who post the minimum number of posts just before the deadline.
Endangered Species Paper
You will have to choose one species listed as threatened or endangered in the U.S. or globally and write a paper on this species, including its name, habitat, current threats, historical background, conservation efforts, and other important information. You will include a list of at least 3 references. You will have to use APA style of formatting. Full details of this paper are available in the course Content area.
The paper should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced, using 12-point, Times New Roman font, normal 1-inch margins, in Word format (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). All references to sources are cited appropriately. Do not plagiarize internet or other source information - the paper should be written in your own words. All papers will be reviewed for originality through Turnitin.com. Papers with content matches greater than 20% will not be accepted. Your paper should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox no later than the 11:59 p.m. Sunday of Week 7.