• ENVIRO SCIENCE

    Instructor: OMalley, J.

    Environmental Science 
    .5 Credits
    Instructor: Mr. O’Malley
     
    E-Mail: jomalley@westerly.k12.ri.us
    Phone Number: 401 596-2109 x3209
    Web Page Address: http://omalley.whs.westerly.k12.ri.us/modules/tt/profile.phtml?
     
    Course Description
         The goal of the this Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study (e.g. biology, chemistry, earth science, geography), yet there are several major unifying themes that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.
     
    Course Objectives: The student will
    1.  Integrate the flow of energy through biogeochemical cycles from land, to water, and to the atmosphere.
    2.  Relate the biological demand to the carrying capacity of the ecosystem
    3.  Compare the distribution of resources to geographical location of population centers.
    4.  Evaluate economic forces and society’s influence on conservation and consumption of resources.
     
    Skills: The student will
    1. Develop critical thinking skills.
    2. Generate and analyze data in laboratory experiences.
    3. Analyze and evaluate data in problems and essay questions.
     
    Materials:
    ▪ Students are expected to bring their materials to class everyday, failure to do so will be marked as unprepared.
    ▪ Students are expected to designate a notebook specifically for Environmental Science, and bring that notebook to class everyday.
    ▪ Students must come to class with a writing instrument i.e. pen, or pencil.
    ▪ Students are required to have a folder to store handouts and laboratory procedures, this must be brought to class everyday.
     
    Failure to bring materials to class will result in the student being marked as unprepared.  At the end of the quarter the unprepared marks will be counted and applied to the grade.
     
    Classroom Expectations: There are three basic rules, besides the ones stated in the school handbook, that I expect to be followed.
    1. Be on time.  Arrive to class on time and be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.  Tardiness will result in loss of points on your final grade.
    2.  Hand in assignments on time.  It is the responsibility of the student to be prompt and punctual with the completion of the assignments.
             3.  Be respectful to me and your classmates.  I will treat you with respect and I expect the same in return.                       Speaking out of turn, swearing, ridiculing someone else, being disruptive, or name calling are all examples of               disrespect.  This will not be tolerated.
     
    Grading Procedure: The following formula is used to calculate a fair and reliable semester grade and “proficiency picture” that accurately reflects what the students knows and is able to do in this course:
     
    12%... End of Semester Exam (A comprehensive, cumulative & summative assessment aligned to discipline specific standards that require students to demonstrate their achievement of content knowledge and skills.)
     
    12%... Anchor Task (A performance based, cumulative & summative assessment aligned to 1 of 5 21st century skills that require students to apply their learning to a new, discipline specific context. 
     
    76%... Coursework (Includes varied assessments that measure student progress and achievement of subject area standards, which include discipline specific knowledge and skills, and an assessment of student work habits.) The following formula is used to calculate this portion of the semester grade:
     
                    60%-Products: This category includes tests, labs, and any long term projects.
          
    40%-Progress: This category includes quizzes, mini-labs, writing assignments, and other graded    activities.

    Do Overs to Improve a Grade: Students have the opportunity to “do over” ONLY four graded assignments/assessments per semester on which they scored below 80% within one week of receiving the scored assessment. Students must sign the WHS SCIENCE “do over” contract with their teacher to clarify the procedures within two days of receiving the scored assessment. The “do over” score is your final score, up to 80%.
     
    Late Work Policy: Any assignment with a due date will not be accepted late and will receive a score of 0%, however a “do over” may be used to recover the grade up to an 80%.
     
    MMS:  MMS will be updated on a regular basis, at least twice a week.  It is strongly recommended that you check MMS for your current average and any missing assignments; this will enable you to monitor your progress and identify any areas for improvement.
     
    Extra Help: I am available every day before and after school for extra help except for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.

    Course Outline
     
    Part I: HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW.
    1. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability.
    2. Environmental History: Learning From the Past.
     
    Part II: SCIENCE AND ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES.
    3. Science, Systems, Matter, and Energy.
    4. Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
    5. Climate and Terrestrial Biodiversity.
    6. Community Ecology.
    7. Population Ecology.
    8. Applying Population Ecology: The Human Population.
     
    Part III: SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY.
    9. Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: Managing and Protecting Ecosystems.
    10. Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach.
     
    Part IV: SUSTAINING NATURAL RESOURCES.
    11. Food and Soil Resources.
    12. Water Resources.
    13. Geology and Nonrenewable Mineral Resources.
    14. Nonrenewable Energy Resources.
    15. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
     
    Part V: SUSTAINING ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.
    16. Risk, Toxicology, and Human Health.
    17. Air Pollution.
    18. Climate Change
    19. Water Pollution.
    20. Solid and Hazardous Waste.
     

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