Spring 2022 - EVSC 400 D100

Environmental Science Capstone (4)

Class Number: 5366

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Wed, Fri, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    EVSC 300 and EVSC 305.



In the final year of undergraduate study, students from all Environmental Science concentrations will integrate their disciplinary, science backgrounds to solve environmental problems. Project-based coursework will promote collaborative group work, emphasizing research skills, data analysis, scientific writing and communication, preparing students for employment as Environmental Scientists.


This course gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills they have accumulated during their environmental science programs at SFU by tackling a real-world project in collaboration with CityStudio in Vancouver. Learning objectives for this course include the following:

  • By reviewing and discussing timely environmental science topics and case studies, students will learn to critically evaluate environmental reports and scientific datasets and then develop new scientific questions.
  • Students will develop effective project management and teamwork skills amongst group members with diverse perspectives and expertise.
  • Students will improve technical writing skills through instructor and peer feedback (including constructive feedback on proposals, literature review, final reports, and presentation materials).
  • Students will develop effective science communication skills by preparing a professional capstone project report, giving presentations to a scientific audience, and creatively communicating complex concepts and solutions to a general audience.


  • Class activities, misc. assignments, & participation 15%
  • Project outline/work plan 5%
  • Proposal draft 5%
  • Project proposal (in-person presentation) 5%
  • Literature review draft 10%
  • Final presentation (in-person presentation) 15%
  • Science communication component 10%
  • Final report 35%



No textbooks are required. News articles, case studies, peer-reviewed articles, etc., assigned for reading and discussion will be shared in PDF or web format via Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.