AP Environmental Science

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Environmental Science Learning Objectives


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Chapter 5. The Biogeochemical Cycles

Course Description APES

Types of Assignments:

Course Texts:
“Living in the Environment” by G. Tyler Miller, Jr. 15th Edition ISBN 0495015989
“Environmental Science” by Dan Botkin and Ed Keller 2007 ISBN-13 978-0-470-04990-7

Internet Resources:
Internet resources for APES include, but are not limited to the following sites. More online resources can be found at http://goapes.blogspott.com, which provides a links to the course’s social bookmarking site.
· US Environmental Protection Agency - http://www.epa.gov/
· US Geological Service - http://www.usgs.org
· National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association - http://www.noaa.gov/
· Global Issues - http://www.globalissues.org
· World Resource Institute - http://www.wri.org/
· APA - http://www.apa.org

Course Outline:
The course outline is based on 29 sub-units per year with a week to review for AP examinations. During a typical subunit, the course meets for 90 minutes every second day. Lecture days are used for traditional lectures, movies, and debates. Lab days are used for experimental design lectures, analysis of field samples, critique of others research, and test review. Sub-units are as follows:

  • Dr. Scott reserves the right to alter the above schedule and assignments due to school restrictions and/or new developments in environmental science.

How students will be evaluated and what percentage will each item be toward the final grade for the course:

Transformation to a letter grade will be based on the following thresholds:
A 90 – 100 %
B 80 – 89 %
C 70 – 79%
F 69 % and below

Course Policies:
Ethics – All assignments submitted in fulfillment of the course requirements must be the student’s own work. All assignments except those designated as “team projects” are meant to be individual efforts. Project Team efforts are meant to be equal efforts of all team members. Plagiarized assignments will receive a zero.

Students are expected to be in class for all regularly scheduled class periods. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with Dr. Scott all matters related to student absences in advance, whenever possible.

Homework - All work should be handed into Dr. Scott at the beginning of the class on the date on which it is due. All written homework should have a title page, according to the APA format (http://www.apa.org). Any group assignments should have the name of each team member, as well as a table of contents.

Makeup Work – Students may email Dr. Scott (Scott@LASchina.org) on or before the class period on days they are absent to prevent their work being considered late. To allow for unexpected illnesses, a minimum of one assignment will be dropped in each category (except for a final exam). Students have one day for every day they are absent to make up work. Students, who complete all assignments, may use these “dropped” assignments as extra credit. Allowances will be made on a case by cases basis for long term illnesses.

Format for Case Analysis:
Because this is a college course in environmental science, students will be required periodically to write a case analyzes on different environmental problems. Each of these papers should contain a thesis and not simple restate the facts. A thesis paper is one in which the student forms an opinion and supports their opinion with documented facts from primary sources. Primary sources include environmental journals, interviews from scientists and experiments that have been conducted on the subject Students may elect to disagree with current ideas presented in the primary journals, as long as they can logically argue their position.

Paper Format Each paper should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) format, as scientific papers are written in this style. A 2 to 3 page summary of the basic formatting rules can be found at http://www.aga.org; the instructor has a class copy for reference. Suggested length for each of your papers is 34 double spaced pages in a clear 12pt. font. Each paper must contain a cover page, and a bibliography with at least five (5) references from primary journals. These articles must be copied and attached to the back of your paper.

Choosing a Topic Specific
Case Analyzes will be chosen for the students that correspond to topics
currently being discussed in class. Students will be required to supplement the main article with
other references.

Suggested Outline
1. Describe the current problem, or situation. (1 to 2 paragraphs)
2. List the historical facts that have lead up to the current situation. (1 to 2 paragraphs)
3. Describe any experiments that were conducted to research the problem and describe the significance of the data that was found. (2 to 3 paragraphs)
4. Describe what was done to solve the problem. (3 to 4 paragraphs)
5. Explain the risks that were associated with implementing the proposed solution. (3 to 4 paragraphs)
6. Describe what action (legislative, economic, technical or educational) was taken to prevent the problem from occurring in the future. (2 to 3 paragraphs)