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					                   ENV 115 – Environmental Conservation
                               Spring 2011

                                  Course Syllabus

Instructor:       Curtis Eckerman
Office:           Rm. 12, Bldg. 4
Phone:            515.965.7326
Website:          http://www.dmacc.edu/instructors/cmeckerman
Course Website:   http://www.dmacc.edu/instructors/cmeckerman/ENV115.html
E-mail:           cmeckerman@dmacc.edu
Office Hours:     MWF 10:10 – 11:05am
Text:             Withgott and Brennan. 2009. Essential Environment: The
                  science behind the stories, 3rd edition. Pearson/Benjamin
                  Cummings.
                  ** This is a custom edition of the book.



Course Description: “This course combines the basic principles of ecology with
current environmental issues including energy, land use, pesticides, and pollution.
Wildlife, fisheries, forestry, soil and water conservation practices are emphasized.
It is designed for the non-science major.” This description comes directly from
the DMACC website. I would like to also add that this class is about issues that
are important to society at large and we will attempt to shed light on why these
issues are often controversial and why there are different opinions on these
subjects.

Lectures: Make no mistake, this is a lecture class. There is a separate lab (ENV
116) that is meant to be a “hands on” learning approach to what is taught in this
course. However, this course is of material that also lends itself to group and class
discussions. I will utilize both lectures and discussions in the class to help you
understand these issues presented. This is also a science class at its core. The
level of science in this course can be intense at times but this is necessary to
understanding the course content. However, I make the assumption that those in
my class are not science majors and need background material to bring them up to
speed. This class IS about science and it IS about politics. This class IS NOT
about an easy science credit. A tentative lecture schedule is attached. You are
responsible for all material presented to you in class that will mirror that which
can be found in your text book. If you must miss a lecture it is your responsibility



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to obtain the notes from a classmate when necessary. Attendance and attention in
lecture is vital to your success.

Class Rules: 1) No Food, drink, tobacco or gum can be permitted in the
classroom. This classroom also serves as a lab and OSHA and DMACC regulations
stipulate that they are not to be allowed in the class. 2) Cell Phones MUST be
turned off and put away before class. They are an incredible annoyance to me and
your fellow students when they go off during lecture. Accidents happen but if
phones continue to go off during class I will ask you to leave the classroom. This
rule extends to the use of cell phones to text message or play games. If you can
only occupy your time in class by texting or playing games then please do it
somewhere else other than my class. 3) Laptops are allowed in my class as
facilitators of the class for you. That is, you may use a laptop computer to help
take notes or look up class material. They are not to be used to play games, surf
the internet or instant message others while in my class. 4) Any other behaviors
that are disruptive to the class that are not listed above are still subject to being
asked to leave the classroom. I take the business of your education seriously and
so should you.

Web Enhancement: This course uses a webpage that is listed at the beginning of
this syllabus. It will be used by me to post notes, announcements, discussion
questions, etc. You will find it to be a very valuable resource to your success in
this class. I will also be employing blackboard software to keep track of your
grades and a few other assignments and I will give you instructions as needed on
how to use it.

Grading: Your final grade will be determined from attendance, 3 lecture exams, a
final exam and in- and out-of-class assignments. Attendance will be worth 10% of
you grade (see more information below) while lecture exams and the final will be
worth 90% of your grade. The final exam WILL be comprehensive.

Grading Scale:
A 100-90%
B 89-80%
C 79-70%
D 69-60%
F less than 60%




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Attendance
In the past I have not required attendance to this class. However, in an effort to
help you succeed in this class I now require attendance. Attendance will be
treated as a grade based on your percentage of attendance. Considering that your
attendance grade is worth 10% of your total grade this is not trivial.

Policy on missed exams and assignments: NO makeup exams or in-class
assignments will be given. One and only one missed lecture exam may be made up
by adding the appropriate number of points missed (100) to the value of the final
exam. Example: If one unit test is missed, the final for that person will be worth
300 points [200 pts (value of final) + 100 pts (value of missed exam)]

Competencies: You can find the course competencies on the website for this
course under „course material‟. The competencies are the minimum skills and
knowledge that you must master to complete this course. They do not reflect the
degree of knowledge and understanding you must demonstrate to earn a passing
grade. If you have any questions concerning course content or expectations do not
hesitate to raise them.

Suggestions for success: There are many avenues for success in this class, but
they all involve a commitment of time and effort which may be greater than that
expected of you in a non-science class. Plan extra time for this class. Your
attendance in all classes is very important; few students will have success in this
class with a casual attendance ethic. Not everyone assimilates information in the
same manner, try to vary your methods of study…work in a group, make charts and
tables, quiz yourself, study out-loud. Don‟t get behind and if you are having
trouble, seek help early. There is no substitute for effort.




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                                                                        Syllabus
                         Ankeny Campus
  http://www.dmacc.edu                                      Academic Standards Commission


Instructor Information
Name                       Curtis M. Eckerman             E-mail               cmeckerman@dmacc.edu
                                                          address
Phone number               (515) 965-7326                 Fax number
Office location            Bldg. #4; Room 12              Office hours         MWF 10:10-11:05am
Course Information
Course title               Environmental Conservation
Course number              ENV 115               Credits                       3
Section number                                   CRN number                    variable
Days & Time                                      Location                      Room 09
Course description         This course combines the basic principles of ecology with current environmental
                           issues. Includes energy, land use, pesticides, and pollution. Wildlife, fisheries,
                           forestry, soil and water conservation practices are emphasized. Designed for
                           the non-science major.
Prerequisites              None
Course competencies        http://www.dmacc.edu/competencies/
Important Dates
Midterm                    http://www.dmacc.edu/academiccal.asp
Final                      http://www.dmacc.edu/academiccal.asp
Textbooks & Materials
Required textbooks  Withgott and Brennan. 2009. Essential Environment: The
                    science behind the stories, 3rd edition. Pearson/Benjamin
                    Cummings.
Required materials
Software applications
Software notice            “All the software used in this class is copyrighted; therefore, it
                           is not for distribution, copying, or personal use. This software
                           is the property of Des Moines Area Community College.”
Course Policies
Attendance                 Class attendance and punctuality is expected of all students,
                           and attendance will be regularly recorded. If you miss a
                           lecture, then it is your responsibility to obtain from
                           classmates the notes on the material missed. Reading
                           assignments should be completed before the presentation of
                           each course topic. In the past I have not required attendance
                           to this class. However, in an effort to help you succeed in this
                           class I now require attendance. Attendance will be treated as
                           a grade based on your percentage of attendance. Considering
                           that your attendance grade is worth 10% of your total grade
                           this is not trivial.



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Grading criteria     Grading: Your final grade will be determined from attendance,
                     3 lecture exams, a final exam and in- and out-of-class
                     assignments. Attendance will be worth 10% of you grade (see
                     more information below) while lecture exams and the final will
                     be worth 70% of your grade and assignments are worth a total
                     of 20% of your grade. The final exam WILL be
                     comprehensive.

                     Grading Scale:
                     A 100-90%
                     B 89-80%
                     C 79-70%
                     D 69-60%
                     F less than 60%

Classroom conduct    Refer to the DMACC Student Handbook:
                       http://www.dmacc.edu/handbook/welcome.asp
Missed exams         NO makeup exams or in-class assignments will be given. One
                     and only one missed lecture exam may be made up by adding
                     the appropriate number of points missed (100) to the value of
                     the final exam. Example: If one unit test is missed, the final
                     for that person will be worth 300 points [200 pts (value of
                     final) + 100 pts (value of missed exam)]
Late assignments     Late assignments will have a 5% deduction on its grade per
                     day it is late.
Extra credit         Extra credit will be at the discretion of the instructor but will be
                     assigned to all students if it is allowed.
Study expectations   This class is meant to engage you in the practice of
                     environmental conservation and to recognize this practice
                     around you. You are expected to spend time with the readings
                     so that discussions in class are more engaging and fruitful.
                     You should expect to spend the time you need not only to read
                     the material but to understand it as well.




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Weather policy          “Individual circumstances such as health, childcare, rural
                        roads, distance from the College, etc. can vary greatly among
                        students and staff. It is always DMACC’s goal to provide safe
                        learning conditions, as well as provide the opportunity for
                        students to attend classes when the vast majority is able to
                        safely attend. The final decision to come to College can only
                        be made by the individual student based on their specific
                        extenuating circumstances that may make it unsafe for them
                        to travel. During adverse weather, DMACC faculty is
                        considerate of students who are unable to attend classes due
                        to unique extenuating circumstances. It is the responsibility of
                        each faculty member to notify their students (in addition to
                        their dean or provost) thru some predetermined means if they
                        are must postpone or cancel a specific class due to weather or
                        illness.”

                        In such an event I will be leaving each of you an email as well
                        as posting it on WebCT. In addition you may receive a phone
                        call from the front office.
Academic dishonesty     Refer to the DMACC Student Handbook:
                           http://www.dmacc.edu/handbook/welcome.asp
DMACC Information Web Sites
DMACC home page                http://www.dmacc.edu/
Instructor home pages          http://www.dmacc.edu/instructors/welcome.asp
Admissions & registration      http://www.dmacc.edu/potienti.asp
Cellular phone use statement   http://www.dmacc.edu/student_services/cellphone.asp
WebCT                          http://webct.dmacc.edu/webct/public/home.pl
Student handbook               http://www.dmacc.edu/handbook/welcome.asp
Add/drop dates                 http://www.dmacc.edu/registration/add_drop.asp
Refund policy                  http://www.dmacc.edu/refund.asp
Support Services
Accommodations          “It is the policy of DMACC to accommodate students with
                        disabilities. Any student with a documented disability who
                        requires reasonable accommodation should contact the special
                        needs coordinator at 515-964-6850 voice or 515-964-6810
                        TTY.”
Services for students   http://www.dmacc.edu/student_services/disabilities.asp
with disabilities
                        Contact the special needs coordinator at 515-964-6850V,
                        515-964-6809 TTY or the counseling & advising office on any
                        campus for an Application for Accommodation.
Academic &              http://www.dmacc.edu/advising/welcome.asp
educational advising
Career counseling       http://www.dmacc.edu/counseling/




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Library                      http://www.library.dmacc.edu/

                             Building 6, room 3
                               Monday – Thursday 7:30 am to 9:00 pm
                               Friday – 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
                               Saturday – 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Academic Achievement         http://www.dmacc.edu/student_services/academic_achievement_center.asp

Center
                             Provides academic assistance for students on a drop-in basis.
                             Also serves as a make-up testing center.

                             515-964-6558 or 1-800-362-2127 ext. 6558

                             Building 6, Room 20
                                Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
                                Friday – 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
                             NOTE: Summer hours may vary
Computer labs                http://www.dmacc.edu/helpdesk/pc_labs.htm

                             Building 6
                               Monday – Thursday 7:30 am to 10:00 pm
                               Friday – 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
                               Saturday – 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
Disclaimer
  “This syllabus is representative of materials that will be covered in this class; it is not
  a contract between the student and the institution. It is subject to change without
  notice. Any potential exceptions to stated policies and requirements will be
  addressed on an individual basis, and only for reasons that meet specific
  requirements. If you have any problems related to this class, please feel free to
  discuss them with me.”
Nondiscrimination Policy
  Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This
  includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
  age, and disability. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or
  admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have
  been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint
  Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, the campus
  Provost's office, or the EEO/AA Officer.

  Persons who wish additional information or assistance may contact the EEO/AA Officer, Dr. Sandy
  Tryon, Human Resources, Bldg. 1, 515-964-6301. Employees and applicants refer to HR Procedures
  3000, 3005, 3010, 3015, and 3020. Click here http://www.dmacc.edu/hr/hrpp.asp .

  For requests for accommodations, the Accommodation/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Sharon
  Bittner, can be contacted at 515-964-6857. Students with requests for accommodations refer to the
  Student Services procedure 4610 located on the DMACC Intranet at http://my2.dmacc.edu/default.aspx.
  Go to Policies & Procedures and choose Student Services Procedures.




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ENV 115 - Tentative Course Schedule (Spring 2010)
Chapter Title                                               Week to
                                                            cover
  1      An Introduction to Environmental Science
  2      Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
  3      Environmental Systems: Chemistry, Energy, and
         Ecosystems
  4      Evolution, Biodiversity, and Population Ecology
  5      Species Interactions and Community Ecology
  6      Human Population
  7      Soil, Agriculture, and the Future of Food
  8      Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  10     Environmental Health and Toxicology
  13     Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution
  14     Global Climate Change




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