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Unformatted text preview: IDS 4232 SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION CAPSTONE SEMINAR SPRING 2017 TR 11:00‐12:15 PM ROOM: AHC4‐202 Instructor: Dr. Riach Office hours: TBA Location: AHC5 366 Preferred Contact: Blackboard messages Course Description In this course, students will apply knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their academic and extra‐ curricular experiences as an undergraduate student to design a proposal related to environment and sustainability. Students will learn project management skills so that they can design a proposal that will enable them to fund and implement an interdisciplinary project in the area of environment and sustainability. The first part of the course provides a review of sustainability principles on both a global and local level. Next, the course will focus on a review of the process of writing different types of proposals and the approaches and techniques necessary to fund and ensure success and sustainability of the projects. The course takes an active learning format, where student activities, presentations, and discussions supplement lectures and assigned readings throughout the semester. Students will work to design term project. The course will conclude with the public presentation of their proposed projects. Course Objectives Apply sustainability concepts and principles to address environmental issues in community, research, or educational settings. Introduce sustainable approaches in the design and implementation of projects that meet sustainability and environment goals. Demonstrate the challenges and benefits of multidisciplinary and multicultural approaches to projects addressing sustainability and environment goals. Harness critical thinking skills and guide the pursuit of multiple perspectives for analyzing and addressing environmental issues. Provide a setting that allows students to develop their written and oral communication skills. Learning Outcomes After successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Integrate varied undergraduate academic and extra‐curricular experiences to demonstrate broad understanding and critical thinking regarding concepts and practices related to sustainability. Design sustainable projects to address complex environmental issues Demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of stakeholder involvement in the design and implementation for the sustainability of projects that meet sustainability and environment goals. Apply methodological skills to involve stakeholders in the design and implementation of sustainability of projects that meet sustainability and environment goals. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication on the topic of sustainability. Texts and Other Resources All assigned readings and online material used in class is provided in Blackboard. Students do not need to purchase any additional material unless they so desire. Grading Critical reviews (x3) 15 In‐Class Activity (x4) 20 Student presentations (x3) 15 Resume 10 Linkedin account P/F Term Project Meet with your professor (x2) 10 Letter of intent (LOI) 10 Draft w/ annotated bibliography 15 Rehearsal presentation 10 Final paper 20 Public presentation 15 =================================== Total Points 140 Grades are based on the following percentages of points earned. A = 94‐100 A‐ = 90‐93 B+ = 87‐89 B = 83‐86 B‐ = 80‐82 C+ = 77‐79 C= 70‐76 D = 60‐69 F = 0‐59 Graded Activities Critical Reviews Students will provide 500‐750 word critical reviews of the course content for three modules. Each critical reviews must address specific questions assigned by the professor for the module, but should also introduce new issues of concern or interest. The critical reviews will be graded using writing and critical thinking rubrics. In‐Class Activities Students will participate in several interactive in‐class activities designed to have the students demonstrate and share their understanding of the course material. Students will be asked to provide examples from real life of various concepts, principles, and theories discussed in class. To help provide material and prepare students for the in‐class activities, students will complete a blog assignment before the in‐class activities start. As part of these blog assignments, students will address several assigned questions and prepare their own original questions as points of discussion for the module presentations/discussions. Presentations/Discussions Students will organize and present and discuss a synthesis of what has been learned in each of the course modules during class. In preparation for this activity, students will be required to several tasks as part of the blog component of the in‐class activities described above. Participation in the discussions will be monitored by the professor, who may join in the discussion. Students will receive a grade for their participation based on the quality, quantity, and originality of the content of their discussion. Linkedin account Al students are required to create a Linkedin account and share that account information with FIU. This is an administrative requirement intended to help FIU keep in touch with its alumni in order to monitor and help with their academic and professional progress. No numeric or letter grade will be assigned for this activity, but students will receive a Pass/Fail grade depending on whether the assignment is completed or not. Resume To help students prepare for post‐graduation, this course requires that they prepare a professional quality resume to present their background and skills, which they can submit to potential employers or graduate schools. Term Project All students are expected to complete a term project by the end of the semester. The course culminates with the completion of a 2500 word paper and the public online presentation of the term project. Given that this is the capstone course for the Sustainability and Environment program, the completed written proposal and the final public presentation will be also be assessed by outside faculty members. The term project can be a proposal (preferred) or research paper related to sustainability and the environment. Given that the subject area is very broad and can cover many issues and questions of particular interest to the student, the eventual topic of the project will be determined jointly by the student and the professor. As part of the process of completing the term project, students will be required to submit a 500‐750 word Letter of Intent (LOI) for their proposal or research interest and a draft of their paper with an annotated bibliography. They are also required to present rehearsal presentations that will be critiqued by the professor and the other students in the class using an oral skills rubric. Thedue dates for these assignments are included in the syllabus schedule. To help guide the students with this process, module 5 contains several guides and examples on how to write an LOI, a proposal and research paper. Students are also required to meet (in person or online) with the professor at least two times during the semester for additional guidance with the project. During these meetings, the professor will guide the students in the: 1) identification of an appropriate question and project for the paper; 2) writing of a letter of intent; and 3) the development of an annotated bibliography and draft of the paper and its public presentation. The dates for all the assignments and the meetings with the professor are included in the syllabus schedule. Students who meet with the professor at least two times during the semester as scheduled, will earn the full credit towards their final grade. Students who do not meet at least three times with the professor will earn credit proportionate to the number of times they meet with the professor. Failing to meet with the professor may also negatively affect their paper and public presentation scores. Class Policies Missed Work Failure to submit any work by the stated deadline will result in the student earning a zero for that work. Missed work may be made up under only very exceptional circumstances and with proper dated documentation provided within 48 hours of the date the work was to be completed. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor ahead of time if he/she knows that the deadline will be missed. If the instructor deems it appropriate to allow the student to submit the work past the stated deadline, the work may be subject to point deductions. Academic Misconduct All students are held to the following pledge As a student of this university: I will be honest in my academic endeavors. I will not represent someone else’s work as my own. I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another’s cheating. All matters relating to academic misconduct are referred to the Office of the Provost for Academic Affairs. Acts of academic misconduct may be alleged by faculty, staff or students. Two actions that may be taken are: Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the University, preventing readmission to the institution. This sanction shall be recorded on the student's transcript. Suspension: Temporary separation of the student from the University for a specific period of time. Plagiarism FIU defines plagiarism as the deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism. Any student helping another to plagiarize may be found guilty of academic misconduct. All of the following are considered plagiarism: turning in someone else's work as your own copying words or ideas from someone else without citing the original source failing to put a quotation in quotation marks using a quote that is more than 40 words long incorrectly citing the source of a quotation changing words (using synonyms) without changing the sentence structure of a source without citing the source a paper in which more than 15% of the content is copied from a source (or one's own previous work), whether it is cited or not the use of one's own previous work in another context without citing that it was used previously All critical review assignments, paper drafts, and final papers will be submitted to Turnitin to check for plagiarism. If the assignment is determined to have been plagiarized, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. Repeat violations will result in the student receiving an F in the class and reference to the FIU Office of the Provost for Academic Affairs. For more information on plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarism you can visit the following website: http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism‐101/what‐is‐plagiarism/ Special Notices Disability Resource Center If a student has a disability and needs assistance with class, please contact the Disability Resource Center (GC 190; 305‐348‐3532). It is the responsibility of each student to work with the Center and Instructor to make arrangements as needed for their accommodations. Early Alert System In order to help reduce the chances of a student doing poorly or failing the class due to preventable circumstances, the FIU has introduced the early alert system. According to this system, the professor will notify the academic advisors of students who earn zeroes or very low scores early in the semester. The advisors will then contact the students to follow up on the issue. MODULES MODULE 1 Introduction Communication Skills Blackboard Content: Examples of good and bad presentations and of how to give good presentations MODULE 2 Sustainability Design Bottom‐Up and Top‐Down Approaches Readings: Growing a Life‐Place Politics On Bioregionalism and Watershed Consciousness Environmental Anthropology Engaging Permaculture EPI 2016 Report Blackboard Content: EPI 2016 Homepage WEEKLY TASKS WEEK 1: Jan. 10‐12 Read the syllabus Student Introductions: Learn about a student in class and present their background and future interests in environment and sustainability – due during class on Jan. 12 WEEK 2: Jan 17‐19 Review Blackboard content Blog/In‐Class Activity (5 points): Examples and explanations of good/bad presentations ‐ Blog portion to be completed by start of class Jan 17 Students assigned to meet with professor (5 points): Meet between week 3 and 4 to identify term project ‐ paper due by April 13 @ 11:55 pm WEEK 3: Jan 24‐26 Student Presentations (5 points): Use best presentation skills to organize give a short presentation – due during class Jan 24/26 ‐ to be assessed with a rubric WEEK 4: Jan. 31‐Feb. 2 Review Blackboard readings and content Complete the critical review for module 2 through blackboard ( 5 points) – due by Feb. 2 @ 11:55 pm Students assigned to write a Letter Of Intent (LOI) for their project ‐ due by Feb. 16 @ 11:55 pm. Students assigned to write a draft with annotated bibliography ‐ due by March 9 @11:55 pm. WEEK 5: Feb. 7‐9 In‐Class Activity (5 points): Examples and explanations of bottom‐up and top‐down sustainability designs and points of discussion for week 6 ‐ blog portion to be completed by start of class Feb. 7 MODULE 3 Governance and Sustainability Readings: Understanding Governance Governing People as Members of the Earth Community Human Behavior and Sustainability From Islands to Networks Blackboard Content: Schwab Social Entrepreneurs Miami Dade Sustainability Plan MODULE 4 Bridging Multicultural Perspectives for Sustainability: TEK and Western Science Readings: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Weathering Uncertainty WEEK 6: Feb. 14‐16 Student presentations/discussion on Bottom up and Top‐Down Approaches (5 points) Letter of Intent (10 points) – due by Feb. 16 @ 11:55 pm WEEK 7: Feb. 21‐23 Review module readings and Blackboard content Complete the critical review for module 3 through blackboard (5 points) – due by Feb. 23 @ 11:55 pm Students assigned to meet with professor (5 points): Meet between weeks 8 and 9 to review project draft and annotated bibliography. WEEK 8: Feb. 28‐March 2 In‐Class Activity (5 points): Examples and explanations of grassroots‐collective governance for sustainability and points of discussion for week 9 ‐ blog portion to be completed by start of class Feb. 28 WEEK 9: March 7‐9 Student Presentations/discussion on governance and sustainability (5 points) Project draft with annotated bibliography (15 points) ‐ due March 9 @ 11:55 pm WEEK 10: March 12‐18 SPRING BREAK WEEK 11: March 21‐23 Review module readings and Blackboard content Complete the critical review for module 4 through blackboard (5 points)– due March 23 @ 11:55 pm Resume (10 points) due by March 21 @ 11:55 pm Blackboard Content: Various video links to discussion about TEK and comparisons to Western Science Native Science Curriculum MODULE 5 Papers and Presentations Readings: Letter of Intent Guidelines Annotated Bibliography Examples Proposal Paper Format Research Paper Format WEEK 12: March 28‐30 In‐Class Activity (5 points): Examples and explanations of TEK and Western Science contributions to sustainability and points of discussion for week 13 ‐ blog portion to be completed by start of class March 28 WEEK 13: April 4‐6 Student Presentations/discussion on the role of TEK and Western Science in increasing sustainability (5 points) WEEK 14: April 11‐13 Final papers (20 points) due through blackboard by April 13 @ 11:55 pm WEEK 15: April 18‐20 Rehearsal presentations (10 points) Critique each other’s rehearsal presentations WEEK 16: April 25‐27 Final’s week modified schedule Public presentations (15 points) ...
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