Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESR 201 Effective Summer 2015
- Course Number:
- ESR 201
- Course Title:
- Applied Environ Studies:
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
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- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionIntroduces environmental laws and the regulations promulgated under them. Includes examinations of the genesis of these laws (e.g. NEPAA, Clean Air and Water Acts, RCRA, Endangered Species Act) and their history of compliance and violation. Prerequisite: ESR 160. 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 orally and in writing basic components of environmental laws.
- Identify and express how humans interact with the environment.
- Express an understanding of the history behind major environmental laws.
Outcome Assessment StrategiesAssessment Tasks:
- Essay exams
- Research paper on environmental problem and associated laws
- Oral presentation of environmental problem and associated laws
- Self-assessment of group dynamics
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)Concepts and Themes:
- Hazardous waste laws
- Clean Water Act
- Fundamentals of the legal system
- Clean Air Act
- Water Quality
- Human Impacts
- Air quality
- Endangered Species Act
- International environmental laws
- Resource management laws
- Enforcement of environmental laws
- History of compliance
Process Skills (Competency skills):
- Read and process environmental laws
- Write using the scientific format
- Locating and accessing information in reference to environmental issues and associated laws
- Think critically
- Collaborate with peers -- Work effectively in groups
- Present conclusions logically