SCIE207 Environmental Monitoring and Sampling

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science

I. Course Number and Title
SCIE207 Environmental Monitoring and Sampling
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
3000
IV. Prerequisites
CISC110 (C or better) and MATH115 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Format is lecture-laboratory and includes in-class and/or online presentation of content and laboratory material.
Field trips are required.
Topics are presented in various modes which may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following: traditional and/or online lectures, group and/or individual laboratory activities, small group discussions, computer simulations and library research.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines environmental sampling techniques for air, soil, water, and biological resources. It explores various statistical methods of analysis. It compares point source versus nonpoint source pollution. It emphasizes establishing suitable monitoring schedules. Requirements include field trips.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. collect, record, and statistically analyze environmental data;
      2. assess appropriate monitoring schedules;
      3. describe environmental impacts of point source and nonpoint source pollution; and
      4. prepare research reports with review of scientific literature.

    3. Core
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. ecological sampling
    2. data description and statistical analyses
    3. research report and paper writing including literature review
    4. chemical parameters of habitats
    5. biotic parameters of habitats
    6. physical parameters of habitats
    7. atmospheric sampling and analysis
    8. substrate sampling and analysis
    9. terrestrial habitat sampling and analysis
    10. aquatic habitat sampling and analysis
    11. habitat assessment
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. The evaluative tools may include any or all of the following as specified by the individual instructor’s course format: objective examinations, class participation, field trip and research reports, online activities and discussion, quizzes, projects and papers.
    3. Core
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor’s format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Revision/Approval: 7/2010