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Instructor Info:Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena
Office Extension x5561
TA Info:Kyra Brisson
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 121
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 121
Friday
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM Cole Science Center 2-CHEM
Description:

This course will explore environmental pollution problems covering four major areas: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, and energy issues. Several controversial topics, including acid rain, automobile emission, ozone layer depletion, mercury, lead and cadmium poisoning, pesticides, solid waste disposal, and problems of noise and thermal pollution will be addressed. We will emphasize some of the environmental issues affecting our immediate community, as well as those in developing nations. We will also do several project-based labs, gain understanding of scientific methodology, and learn how to write scientific research reports. Students are expected to engage in scientific inquiry and to view their investigations in broader context, to gain a clear sense of the scientific process, and to develop quantitative, oral and written communication skills. Class participation, satisfactory work on the required class projects, literature critiques, and laboratory/field reports are required for evaluation.

DISTRIBUTION: Physical and Biological Sciences (PBS)

CUMULATIVE SKILLS

  • Writing and Research
  • Quantitative Skills
  • Independent Work

TEXT:

Withgott and Brennan, "Environment: The Science Behind The Stories" [W&B, ESBS] 4e, 2010

Course Objectives:

Students are expected to engage in scientific inquiry and to view their investigations in broader context, gain a clear sense of scientific process, and to develop quantitative, oral and written communication skills. Students will also do several project-based labs, gain understanding of scientific methodology, and learn how to write scientific research reports.

Evaluation Criteria:

Class and seminar participation, class projects, term papers, field and lab reports, oral presentations, problem set, satisfactory work on the required literature critiques is required for evaluation. Each student should save evaluated term papers, problem sets, project lab reports in a special folder and should be resubmitted at the end of the semester. One of the main assignments at the end of the semester will be to research a topic, write it up and give an oral presentation on the topic to the class.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

  • Short paper: Your backyard environmental issue
  • Problem Sets 1, 2 and 3
  • Reading primary literature articles and preparation of oral presentations
  • Project Lab Report I: Water Quality
  • Project Lab II: Indoor Radon measurements
  • Independent Project Proposal
  • Draft of your Independent Project Paper
  • Final Independent Project Paper

 

Additional Info:

Following learning goals will be addressed in this course: a)Learn to read and interpret intellectualwork (REA) b) Write critically and analytically (WRI) c) Understand quantitative methods of analysis (QUA) d) Effectively present ideas orally (PRS) e) Conceive and complete project-based work (PRJ).