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ISC6153 Spring 2017 Syllabus v011517 1 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Department of Earth & Environment ISC 6153-U01 (15022) –Environments of a Changing PlanetGreen Library Rm 100B, TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Instructors: Dr. Leonard J. Scinto and Dr. Shimon Wdowinski Office: AHC5 –368 AHC5 - 388 Phone: 305-348-1965 305-348-6826 e-mail [email protected][email protected]If you email us through this Please be sure to start the subject line with ISC6153. Best email option is through Blackboard Learn. Office Hrs: Dr. Leonard J. Scinto Tue, 1-3 p.m. or by appointment Dr. Shimon Wdowinski Thr, 1-3 p.m. or by appointment Course descriptionThis course focuses on a detailed understanding of the interactions of physical, chemical, and biological components and processes that have led to past and present ecosystem development. Understanding planetary systems is important for understanding present, past and future global change’s effects on terrestrial, aquatic, marine, and atmospheric systems. This course provides a broad view of environmental changes and potential consequences as related to the global system. This course also exposes graduate students to environmental issues and topics related to South Florida. Course ObjectivesDevelop a student’s understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of the Earth, how these have changed in the recent past, their present condition, and how they may change in response to Global and Regional Environmental Changes. Learning OutcomesAfter mastering the material in this course, students will have an in-depth understanding of surficial Earth processes, environments, and recent past and present vectors of environmental change. Additionally, students will be able to evaluate and project current conditions on potential future environmental outcomes such that they are better able to evaluate human activities and their consequences.
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