UMHS COURSE SYLLABUS

UMHS Environmental Science, v1

0.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor Information:

AH 201 TEXTBOOK

Instructor Name: Dr. Sarah Trotman Lacy

Instructor Information: Hi, and welcome to the Independent Study High School at Ole Miss and Environmental Science. I am Dr. Sarah Trotman Lacy, and I will be your online instructor. Just to let you know a little about myself, I taught Biology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Math, and Advanced Placement Biology for the Oxford School District for 39 years and retired in May 2011.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mississippi University for Women, a Master of Science in Biology and Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. I have two sons, Brooks and Stuart, and three cats: McKittrick ìKitt,î Missy, Coco and Isbell. I hope that you will enjoy this course, and if you ever have any questions or concerns, just e-mail me at drstlacy@gmail.com.

When you have a chance, send me an e-mail and tell me about yourself.

This course will cover 14 of the chapters in the text. Several chapters will be tested on together. Please enter this course with an open mind. Even if you do not like science, give the course a chance because I think you will find it interesting to learn about your environment and the impact humans, including yourself, are having on your environment. Below is the textbook, course description, and state science framework competencies for Mississippi. I have also given you information about how the course will be conducted, assignments, grading, timelines, etc.

I hope you will enjoy Environmental Science at ISHS at Ole Miss.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138
E-mail: UMHS@olemiss.edu

Course Description

Environmental Science is a laboratory-based or field-based course that explores ways in which the environment shapes living communities. Interactions of organisms with their environment should be emphasized along with the impact of human activities, research, the use of technology, and the effective communication of results through various methods are integral components of this course.

Environmental Science is a half-year course (.5 Carnegie unit) covering 10 lessons. The course is self-paced.

Textbook Information:

AH 201 TEXTBOOK

Required Textbook:

Environmental Science by Jay Withgott

2011 edition; Pearson Publishing Company

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-372475-2; ISBN-10: 0-13-372475-1

 

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

STATE SCIENCE FRAMEWORK COMPETENCIES for MISSISSIPPI:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

1
Apply inquiry-based and problem-solving processes and skills to scientific investigations. (INQUIRY)
2
Develop an understanding of the relationship of ecological factors that affect an ecosystem. (EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE)
3
Discuss the impact of human activities on the environment, conservation activities, and efforts to maintain and restore ecosystems. (EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE)

Course Outline:

Units
LESSON Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
1

An Introduction to Environmental Science

Chapter 1, presentation
Questions for understanding
1

Lesson 1 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
2

Earthís Environmental Systems

Chapter 2, presentation
Questions for understanding
2

Lesson 2 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
3

Population Ecology

Chapter 3, presentation
Questions for understanding, Lesson activity
3

Lesson 3 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
4

Evolution and Community Ecology

Chapter 4, Chapter 5, presentations
Questions for understanding, Lesson activity
4

Lesson 4 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
5

Biomes and Aquatic Ecosystems

Chapter 6, presentation
Questions for understanding
5

Lesson 5 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
6

Biodiversity and Conservation

Chapter 7, presentation
Questions for understanding
6

Lesson 6 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
7

Human Population and Environmental Health

Chapter 8, Chapter 9, presentations
Questions for understanding, Lesson activity
7

Lesson 7 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
8

Water Resources and the Atmosphere

Chapter 14, Chapter 15, presentations
Questions for understanding, Lesson activity, Lab
8

Lesson 8 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
9

Global Climate Change and Nonrenewable Energy

Chapter 16, Chapter 17, presentations
Questions for understanding
9

Lesson 9 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing
10

Renewable Energy Alternatives and Waste Management

Chapter 18, Chapter 19, presentations
Questions for understanding
10

Lesson 10 Test

Proctored exam
To be scheduled and completed before continuing

Grading:

GRADING SCALE

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading format is as follows:

Lesson Assignments: written assignments, activities, and lab = 30%
Proctored chapter progress tests = 70%

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