EVPP 110 Lecture - Syllabus - Fall 10 - 30 Aug0

EVPP 110 Lecture - Syllabus - Fall 10 - 30 Aug0 - EVPP 110...

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EVPP 110 Lecture Syllabus Fall 2010 EVPP 110 – Section 001 - Ecosphere: Environmental Science I Fall 2010 - MWF 10:30am – 11:20am LH 1 Instructor: Dr. Kim Largen 8/30/10 Contacting the Instructor: Instructor: Dr. Kim Largen Office: Krug Hall (KH) Room 13 Phone: 703-993-1048 Mailbox: David King Hall (DK) Room 3043 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: MWF 8:15am – 9:00am, or by appointment Course website: http://courses.gmu.edu Course Goals: Ecosphere: Environmental Science I” (EVPP 110) is the first course of a two-semester, general education, lab science sequence (EVPP 110 & EVPP 111). This is an environmental science course, not an environmental studies course. We will study the components and interactions that make up the natural systems of our home planet with particular attention to the part of the Earth that is home to humans and other life forms. The course will teach basic concepts in biological, chemical, physical, and earth sciences in an integrated format with a combination of lecture, laboratory, and field exercises. Students completing the course are expected to: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic components of the natural world, the basic laws of natural systems, and how they interact to produce the natural phenomena of plant Earth. Gain an appreciation of the complexity of natural systems and linkages which can complicate human efforts to manage the environment. Recognize and be able to apply basic scientific concepts such as: hypothesis, experimentation, observation, substantiation, proof, prediction. Evaluate scientific information and draw appropriate inferences and conclusions from it. Distinguish between issues subject to scientific analysis and those appropriate to other modes of inquiry. Course Structure: EVPP 110 is a linked lecture-lab course. The laboratory is an integral part of the course and cannot be taken separately. Traditional lectures will be given in which the instructor will introduce and expand on the weekly topics. Material will come from the text and from other sources. Lab material will complement and elaborate on the lecture. Lab will also be a time for small group activities that facilitate interactions among students and between students and instructors. In lab, students will be introduced to many of the tools used by natural scientists to study the natural environment such as wet chemistry, lab instrumentation, microscopy, sterile technique, field data collection, data logging, data analysis, and utilizing the web for posting and retrieving data and other information. Course Grade: Evaluation of student performance in EVPP 110 will integrate components from both lecture and lab. The entire course grade is based on performance in both lecture and lab, and will be based on a total of 1000 points. The lecture portion of the grade will account for 700 of the 1000 course points (70%) and the lab portion of the grade will account for 300 of the 1000 points (30%). The final course grade will be assigned as follows:
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EVPP 110 Lecture - Syllabus - Fall 10 - 30 Aug0 - EVPP 110...

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