Fall 2023 - EVSC 201W B100
Environmental Science in Practice (3)
Class Number: 5280
Delivery Method: Blended
A survey of environmental science practice that exposes students to what environmental scientists do, with guest lectures from environmental scientists and practitioners across contributing disciplines and workplaces. Coursework emphasizes literature research, analysis and synthesis along with scientific writing and communication skills. Writing.
An introduction to what environmental scientists do in applied contexts, how environmental science concepts relate to applied skills, and how to communicate what environmental science is. The course will emphasize collaboration and communication skills through regular writing assignments and feedback, in which each student will develop and grapple with their own environmental science Question. Students will engage with guest speakers through the Environmental Science in Practice Online Speakers Series, in which environmental scientists working in diverse professional fields will be interviewed.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Iteratively monitor and improve your own process of learning
- Find information regarding environmental science topics from a variety of media types
- Evaluate whether or not information is relevant and useful, and any potential biases
- Read scientific papers for key concepts, and identify the basis for the authors’ conclusions in the data and analysis
- Synthesize environmental science information from a variety of sources and viewpoints
- Formulate and ask relevant questions
- Communicate a coherent synthesis of a topic in environmental science, both orally and in writing, demonstrating awareness of audience
- Collaborate effectively and efficiently with peers
- Environmental Science Journal 15%
- Peer Collaboration & Feedback 10%
- Engagement with Guest Speakers 5%
- Environmental Science Question Project 70%
Grading Scale (subject to change)
Environmental Science Journal 15%
Peer Collaboration & Feedback 10%
Engagement with guest speakers 5%
Environmental Science Question Project:
Question Proposal 10%
Annotated Bibliography 15%
Literature Review Draft 10%
Literature Review Final 25%
Will there be tutorials/labs in the first week of class?
Which components (lec/lab/tut) are synchronous vs asynchronous?
The lecture is asynchronous/online
The tutorial is synchronous and in person, Tues 12:30-2:20
Are there any technical requirements the students should be aware of?
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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