Natural Environmental Systems53:050, Spring 2004, Lecture MWF 8:30-9:20, Rm. 3505 SC. 3 s.h.
Course ObjectivesThe objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the field of environmental engineering, and to provide a general understanding of environmental chemistry and biology, environmental pollution and control, hazardous substances and risk analysis, fate and transport of pollutants, global atmospheric change, and pollution prevention.
Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
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2. Each student will prepare a short ten minute oral report on a pollutant or pollutant class. Each student will schedule their report early in the semester. Failure to complete the report on the scheduled date will result in a score reduction of 20% per missed class period.
3. Exams are closed book and will be administered during class periods. Makeup exams must be arranged at least one week prior to the exam date, and earlier if possible. Makeup exams arranged due to schedule conflicts require a formal letter of explanation. Address the letter to me and include your signature. There will be no make up exams administered after the scheduled exam date unless you have a valid medical emergency. Purchase a non-programmable calculator with log functions for exam use. Programmable calculators, laptop computers, cell phones, PDA, and other electronic devices cannot be accessible. Violators will receive a 0.0 on the exam.
4. Professionalism is expected. Show respect for your colleagues by turning off your cell phones prior to class, arriving on time, and remaining on-task until class has ended. Sleeping in class, reading the newspaper, or working on homework is not acceptable behavior.
5. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. You are encouraged to work in a study group and prepare for homework and exams with the help of other students. However, all work you submit must be yours alone. You must make your own plots and write your own text. Please ask me if you have any questions about fair use of others' work or team project reports. Students who represent the work of others as their own will receive a 0.0 for the course. In most cases, the names of involved students will be forwarded to the Civil and Environmental Engineering DEO.
Use of Internet resources is encouraged. However, care must be taken to reference your sources and to ensure that the sources are accurate. I consider the US Environmental Protection Agency pages (www.epa.gov) to be a credible source for environmental information, especially data and fact sheets. Another very credible internet source is the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (http://www.nas.edu/).
Direct copying of internet material for use as your own work is plagiarism and can result in an F for the assignment or in the class. See http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/current-students/academic-misconduct.html. To avoid plagiarism, rewrite information in your own words and reference your source. If you need to use the exact language of your resource, then include quotation marks to make it clear that you did not write the material yourself.
6. Scores are evaluated as follows: Out of 1000 possible points, 965 and above = A+; 925-965 = A; 895-925 = A-; 865-895 = B+; 825-865 = B; 795-825 = B-; 765-795 = C+; 725-765 = C; 695-725 = C-; 665-695 = D+; 625-665 = D; 595-625 = D-. Less than 595 is a failing grade. The class is NOT graded on a curve.
If you have any condition that could affect your performance in this class or that requires an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact me as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements may be made
Teaching PhilosophyI will facilitate your learning in any way reasonable. For most people, learning is proportional to time and effort expended. There are many opportunities for active learning in this class. Take advantage of class time - be active! One hour of active learning in class can save you 2 hours of sitting in front of the book. I will help you to be as active in the course as you desire to be. I will try to make this course as applied to your real world as possible. I welcome suggestions for improving the course or our teaching methods.
How to do well in this course:
1. Try to relate the material to the world around you. I will use case studies to illustrate the relevance. I welcome comments about news items, personal experiences in the work place, and other comments on the relevance of this course.
2. Ask questions when you don't understand something or are just curious about related issues. You can ask them in lecture, before or during class, by email, or whenever you see me.
3. Participate in a study group.
4. Do the reading.
5. Do the Homework and prepare it neatly and professionally.
Topics(Reading in Davis and Masten)
1. What is Environmental Engineering and Science?(Chapter 1)
2. Environmental Chemistry (Chapter 2)
3. Mass and Energy Balances (Chapter 3)
4. Ecosystems (Chapter 4)
5. Risk (Chapter 5)
6. Water Quality Management (Chapter 8)
7. Air Pollution (Chapter 11)
8. Agriculture (Chapter 14)
9. Case Studies:
Quantifying Ozone Destruction by CFCs
Synthetic Fragrances in the Great Lakes