Axia College/College of Natural Sciences SCI/275 Version 5 Environmental Science Copyright © 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.
Course Description This course focuses on the causes of, impacts of, and solutions to environmental issues. Students identify global environmental issues as well as develop and critique environmental action plans. Topics include ecosystems, energy, populations, resources, pollution, and sustainability. Policies Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents: • • University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.
University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. Course Materials Berg, L. R., & Hager, M. C. (2007). Visualizing environmental science. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons in collaboration with the National Geographic Society. All electronic materials are available on the student website.
Week One: Environmental Issues and Sustainability
Objectives 1.1 Discuss human behaviors that threaten environmental sustainability. 1.2 Defend an environmental worldview. 1.3 Relate a current environmental problem with possible causes. Read the course description and objectives. Read the instructor’s biography and post your own. Read Appendix A. Read Ch. 1–4 of Visualizing Environmental Science. Participate in class discussion. Respond to weekly discussion questions. Day 2&4 10 10
Course Preparation Readings Participation Discussion Questions
Course Design Guide SCI/275 Version 5
CheckPoint Local Environmental Issue
Many environmental problems, such as the depletion of natural resources, air pollution, and overpopulation, exist throughout the world. The root of most of these problems stems from the local environment and decisions made at local levels based on lifestyle choices, such as those regarding food, transportation, and housing. Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: • • • • Discuss an environmental problem you feel is significant in your town or city. What are some causes? Are any of these causes related to human values and environmental ethics? Explain your answers.
Week Two: Politics and Environmental Risk
Objectives 2.1 Differentiate environmental conservation and preservation efforts. 2.2 Utilize the steps of risk assessment in determining adverse health impacts. Conservation and preservation activities are currently part of all national forest management programs. The Bridger Teton Video Learning Resource (VLR) discusses one controversy between those who want to harvest the resources of one section of the forest in an environmentally friendly way and others who believe it should be left in its original state. View the Ch. 2 Bridger Teton VLR located in the Week Two Materials of your student web page. Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: • • Provide a brief summary differentiating conservation and preservation. Do you believe humans may harvest forest resources in an environmentally friendly way, or should national forests be left in their natural state? To which side are you inclined? Provide specific examples from the video as you defend your position. Day 7 90 Day 5 30
CheckPoint Conservation and Preservation
• • Individual Risk Assessment
Review the three assignment options provided in Appendix B.
Select and complete either Option 1 or Option 3 only.
Note. View the video link Introduction to Differentiated...