Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESR 150
- Course Number:
- ESR 150
- Course Title:
- Environ Studies Orientation
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionServes to orient students to environmental information available through campus library and computer resources. Uses assignments aimed at gathering and summarizing information on academic preparation of environmental professionals. Audit available.
Addendum to Course DescriptionTo clarify the teaching of evolution and its place in the classroom, the Portland Community College Science Departments stand by the following statements about what is science and how the theory of evolution is the major organizing theory in the discipline of the biological sciences.
- Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. In science, a theory is neither a guess, dogma, nor myth. The theories developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance, but can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation.
- The theory of evolution meets the criteria of a scientific theory. In contrast, creation "science" is neither self-examining nor investigatory. Creation "science" is not considered a legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).
Intended Outcomes for the courseA student will be able to collaboratively and independently:
- Identify and express in writing basic careers available for environmental professionals.
- Identify and express how humans interact with the environment.
- Utilize library and computer based resources for obtaining environmental information.
- Demonstrate an understanding of various employment opportunities available in public and private sectors.
Course Activities and DesignAssessment Tasks:
- Weekly essays
- Initiate career portfolio
- Research paper on environmental career
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)Concepts and Themes:
- Human Impacts
- Writing Skills
- Environmental Careers
- Environmental Information Systems
Process Skills (Competency skills):
- Write using the scientific format
- Locating and accessing information
- Think critically
- Collaborate with peers -- Work effectively in groups
- Assess Career opportunities