ENVRMT-103 - Introduction to Environmental Science - Dr. Jessica Vannatta
|Course:||Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Professor:||Dr. Jessica Vannatta|
Hello! My name is Dr. Jessi Vannatta, and I will be your instructor this semester. This course is considered hybrid because the lab will be taught in person where we will meet once a week to go over new material, review previous week's material, and discuss any issues students are having. The other half of the course will be recorded lectures, PowerPoints, etc. that you will view through Canvas on your own time outside of our meeting time (asynchronously). In this course, you will learn about the natural processes operating in the world and the human impact on the natural environment. I am a full-time environmental scientist for California State Parks with a strong background in biology and environmental science, so I strive to bring real-world, personal experiences to this course. I look forward to connecting with you all in this exciting course!
Introduction to Environmental Science (ENVRMT 103) explores the natural processes operating in the world and how humans impact those processes. The course explores environmental processes associated with society and emphasizes the scientific method, elements of sampling and statistics, and the completion of research-based experimental studies to analyze relevant environmental questions. Students will write a scientific paper and will gain experience collecting data.
What to Expect in this Course
This is a 16-week course that will be administered in person and through Canvas (coc.instructure.com). This is a 6-hour course with both a lecture and a lab component (3-hour lecture and 3-hour lab). The suggested amount of time for a college course is 2 hours per week per unit outside of class time. For this course, a (4-unit class) x (2 hours per week outside of class) = 8 hours per week outside of class. That is in addition to the 6 hours a week inside class, for a total of 14 hours per week to be spent on the class. Part of this course will be conducted synchronously, meaning we will meet for 3 hours each week to discuss the lab and review material from the previous week. The other part of the course will be conducted asynchronously, meaning you will be responsible for accessing Canvas and watching recorded material, completing assignments, etc. on your own time.
You must have regular and reliable access to the internet, a good web browser (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox recommended), a word-processing program such as Microsoft Word, a graphing program such as Microsoft Excel, and Zoom software. You will need the ability to view PDFs, create and edit Excel spreadsheets/graphs and Word documents, and view Canvas course materials (including images and videos). The Microsoft Office suite is available to download for free to your personal computer using your COC credentials. Please do not use the Canvas app to complete assignments or post to the discussions because you will likely miss important information. If you have an accessibility issue, please reach out to me so I can adjust file types as needed. File types, such as .pages, will not be accepted. You are not required to have/use webcams or microphones for this course, but at least a microphone is recommended so you can more easily ask questions and talk to me through Zoom. Zoom will be used for one-on-one meetings outside of the lab period or during office hours, and the Zoom chat will be available for those without microphones. These Zoom meetings are optional but encouraged.
You will be expected to complete assignments each week and submit them through Canvas. You will be responsible for reading the chapters of the textbook, watching video recordings of the lecture, completing lab and lecture assignments, taking quizzes, and participating in discussions with your classmates each week. Each week’s content will be outlined and made available at the start of each week (no later than Sunday at 11:59 p.m.) with due dates noted. In the lab portion of this course, you will take weekly quizzes, conduct in-person lab experiments, write a research paper over an experiment, and participate in outdoor field trips. You will be required to turn in sections of the paper throughout the semester so I can comment on your progress as you develop the paper. You will also have two online lecture exams (midterm and cumulative final) and two in-person lab exams. Both quizzes and exams will utilize a variety of question types (multiple-choice, matching, short answer, essay, true/false, etc.) With this being an introductory course, you will be mentored on what is expected of you and how to adequately complete each assignment.
I will send an email to the class one week prior to the start date with additional information for how to get started in the course.
Types of Assessments
exams, quizzes, discussion boards, lab assignments, lecture homework assignments, lab experiment, and research paper. All lab assignments will be in-person and all lecture assignments will be online.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
This text is required for the course and can be found at the campus bookstore or purchased online (e.g., Amazon).
Wright, R. and D. Boorse. 2017. Environmental Science - Toward A Sustainable Future, 13th ed. Pearson, San Francisco, CA. ISBN-13: 978-0134011271
Other Relevant Course Information
In the first week of class, I expect everyone to respond to a discussion post on Canvas as a form of attendance so I know you are part of the class and will be participating. If I do not hear from you in the first week either through the discussion board or via email, I will have to drop you so those on the waitlist have a chance to be a part of the class. Since our in-person portion of the class is at the end of the week on Fridays, you will be expected to complete some work throughout the week before our Friday meetings so you are prepared and ready to finalize and turn in your assignments shortly after our lab meetings. To log in to Canvas (coc.instructure.com), use your MyCanyons username and password. Instructions for how to change your password can be found at cv.canyons.edu.
If you are on the waitlist, please be patient. Once the class starts, if someone drops within the first week, I will reach out to my waitlist to see if you still want to be added. If you do, and a spot becomes available, I will allow you to add the course so you can go to MyCanyons and register for the course.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 06/26/2022 Sub#: 296