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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

COURSE SYLLABUS

17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

 
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 115
 
Course Title: *Introduction to Environmental Science
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Tue Thu 
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.

 

Catalog Description

Survey of environmental science, ecosystems and human impact.  Cross-listed as ENVS 115. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.  G.E.

 

Text

Environmental Science: A Global Concern 14th edition
Author: W.P. Cunningham and B.W. Saigo (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9781259631153

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the basic principles of ecology and apply them to natural and artificial systems
  2. Critically evaluate the role and impact of humans on natural systems, including the impact on biodiversity
  3. Describe the principles of population dynamics, and relate them to humans and other species
  4. Analyze causes and effects of land, air and water pollution
  5. Define sustainability, and understand the economic, social and political implications of sustainable practices
  6. Describe the relationships between climate and biomes
  7. Illustrate how matter and energy cycle in ecosystems, including the basic geochemical cycles
  8. Describe sources, uses and problems associated with renewable and nonrenewable energy 

Instructional Methods

The instructional method includes lecture, instructional videos, review questions,student research, three quizzes and three examinations. 

Out of Class Activities

Students are expected to read the assigned chapters prior to class meetings.  Complete any homework assignments, a research paper and presentation, and prepare for quizzes and examinations.

Graded Activities

Research Paper100 Points19% of grade
Description -

Select an environmental topic to research. Collect at least five scientific articles on the topic. Read the articles and refine your topic. Submit your topic title and a brief statement of your position by the first meeting of week 3. Develop your paper and ensure that the body of the paper is between 4 and 6 pages, double-spaced with 1 inch margins and Arial 12 point font. Be sure to include a bibliography and to properly cite all sources used in the paper. You may use MLA or APA format. The paper is due on the last class meeting, but may be turned in before hand.

Method of Evaluation -

In evaluating your research paper I will consider the content of the paper, the quality of the writing, and the completeness of the story. I expect that all sources will be cited and listed in the bibliography. Be sure to proofread your paper before submitting. I emphasize clear, concise, and complete writing.
If you need assistance with your writing skills, contact the Writing Center for assistance.

 
Presentation of Research Paper25 Points5% of grade
Description -

Summarize the findings of your research paper in a 5-8 minute presentation and allow two minutes for questions. Provide the title of your paper, why you selected the topic, what you learned from your reference sources, and what you concluded. You may use visual aids (PowerPoint slides) to facilitate your presentation.

Method of Evaluation -

The evaluation of your presentation rests on your ability to convey information. Poise, voice inflection, and organization far outweigh pretty presentations. Employ the KISS principle (Keep it Simple Student).

 
Quizzes75 Points14% of grade
Description -

Three quizzes, each worth 25 points, covering material from the previous class periods. Quizzes are given in weeks 2, 4, and 6; usually at the first class meeting of the week. Quizzes are online and will be completed in the computer lab.

Method of Evaluation -

Quizzes consist of multiple choice questions. Grading of the quizzes will be automatically performed within D2L.

 
Examinations300 Points57% of grade
Description -

Three examinations are given in the course. Exams occur on weeks 3, 5, and 8. The examinations are comprehensive for the previous weeks' instruction. All exams will be taken in the computer lab and scored automatically by D2L. 

Method of Evaluation -

Exams consist of multiple choice questions. Grading of the exams will be automatically performed within D2L.

 
Resource Use Homework25 Points5% of grade
Description -

You will be provided with a handout with specific instructions.  You will record your use of resources over a three-day period and complete the homework assignment. This should be a fun and enlightening task that your entire household can participate in. 

Method of Evaluation -

Your assignment will be checked for completeness and accuracy of certain calculations. 

 

Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Meeting 1
Introduction
Activities:

Introduction: What are Ecosystems?

Reading:

Read Chapters 1-3 & 5.

 
Meeting 2
Ecosystems and Cycles
Activities:

How Ecosystems Work; Material Cycling

Reading:

Chapter 5

 
Meeting 3
Population Ecology
Activities:

Population and Community Ecology

Reading:

Chapters 4, 6, & 7

Examinations:

Quiz 1 - Covers Week 1 topics

 
Meeting 4
Human Population Dynamics
Activities:

Human Population Dynamics and Reproduction/Genetics

 
Meeting 5
Soil Ecosystems
Activities:

Soil Ecosystem; Agroecology; and Soil Health

Reading:

Chapters 9, 10, & 13

Assignments:

Submit Research Topic

Examinations:

Exam 1

 
Meeting 6
Food and Ecosystems
Activities:

Food Production and Distribution; and Use and Restoration of Ecosystems

 
Meeting 7
Pests and their Control
Reading:

Chapter 11

 
Meeting 8
Hydrologic Cycle; and Human Use of Water
Activities:

Hydrologic Cycle; and Human Use of Water

Reading:

Chapters 17

Examinations:

Quiz 2 covering material assigned since Exam 1.

 
Meeting 9
Water Pollution
Activities:

Water Pollution and Prevention

Reading:

Chapters 18 & 21

Examinations:

Exam 2 - Covers all material assigned since first exam.

 
Meeting 10
Water Pollution and Waste
Activities:

Water Pollution and Solid and Hazardous Waste

 
Meeting 11
Air Pollution
Activities:

Air Pollution

Reading:

Chapters 15 & 16

Examinations:

Quiz 3 - Covers material assigned since Exam 2.

 
Meeting 12
Our Changing Climate
Activities:

Ozone and Climate Change

 
Meeting 13
Energy and Sustainable Cities
Activities:

Energy and Sustainable Cities

Reading:

Chapters 19, 20, & 22

Assignments:

Resource Use Homework.  See handout for details.

 
Meeting 14
Research Paper Presentations
Activities:

Students will present their research papers.

Assignments:

All students should be prepared to present a 5-8 minute summary of their research paper.  Two additional minutes will be allocated for questions. 

 
Meeting 15
Research Presentations
Activities:

Completion of research presentations.  Review for final exam.  Complete course evaluation. 

Assignments:

See Meeting 14 for details.
Submit Resource Use Homework.

 
Meeting 16
Course Termination
Activities:

Final Examination in Computer Laboratory

Assignments:

Final Examination - Covering material assigned since Exam 2.  Exam is not comprehensive.
Turn in Research Paper prior to end of class session.

Examinations:

Exam 3.

Additional Notes:

Submit Research Paper to Dropbox.

 

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Campus Policy - Regular attendance is expected of all students. Attendance is one of the most important measures of your interest and desire to do well academically. Your attendance helps your instructor facilitate better discussions and your fellow students benefit from your ideas and experiences.

Unforeseen circumstances occasionally dictate that you must miss class; please make every effort to discuss such circumstances with your instructor before the absence. Remember that if you are not in class, you are absent - regardless of the reasons - and that you are still responsible for all in-class assignments made. Your instructor is not responsible for providing this information to you - you must plan ahead with another student who would agree to share notes, etc., with you and vice versa.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Campus Policy - Information about class cancellations due to inclement weather will be available at 875-SHUT (875-7488). Class cancellation information will also be broadcast over local radio and television stations. Students may also check the college website, www.ccis.edu.

If a class is cancelled due to weather or any other reason a make up night will be scheduled.   The typical make up night will be scheduled for a Friday night.   Watch your CougarMail concerning the class make up schedule.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.

Incomplete

Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Prerequisites

Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.

CougarTrack

Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

CougarMail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Textbooks

Columbia College Policy - The textbooks listed on this syllabus are required for this course.  They are guaranteed to be available through the authorized textbook suppliers designated by Columbia College. 

FERPA

Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.

Non-Discrimination

Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

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