Dr. Chuks Ogbonnaya
Email: cogbonnaya@me.vccs.edu
Office: Dalton-Cantrell Rm 211
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 276

 

 

Course Description

Studies the relationship of man to his environment;  ecological principles, population dynamics, topics of current importance including air, water, and noise pollution; poisoning and toxicity, radiation, conservation and management of natural resources.
 

 

Statement of Broad Goals/Specific Objectives

ENV 220  is a course designed to introduce students to environmental problems associated with energy resource scarcity, acid rain, and hazardous wastes, water shortages, massive soil erosion, global atmospheric pollution and major environmental chemical accidents.
 

 

Instructional Methods

  1. Readings from the textbook
  2. Weekly summaries of "current" environmental issues
  3. Term paper
  4. Critical thinking questions
  5. Field trip

 

 

Textbook

Environmental Science, A Global Concern
ISBN# 0-07-295172-9
Author:  Bill Cunningham and Barbara Siego
Publisher:  WBC/McGraw Hill
Edition: Latest edition from the bookstore


 

Communication

For Your Information:

All correspondence and assignments should be sent to the email address listed above.

Since ENV220 is an online course, each student is expected to check his or her Mountain Empire email address at least twice weekly. If you are having problems using your Mountain Empire email address, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

The instructor will use email to keep you updated on your progress throughout the course. If you have completed any kind of assignment and have not heard from the instructor within a reasonable length of time (two work days if the assignment was turned in over the internet or a week if the assignment was turned in through the postal service), then you should contact the instructor to make sure that your assignment was received.

 

 

 

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is required. When absence from a clas is necessary, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor prior to the absence. The student is responsible for the subsequent completion of all work missed during an absence. (MECC Student Handbook).

Mountain Empire Community College is committed to academic quality and student success. Elements that support both of these values are regular attendance and participation in class. The college policy states that regular class attendance is required. The attendanc epolicy in this class is that you spend at least 5 hours per week working on assignments, which will help ensure you stay on track.

 

 

Critical Thinking Questions

Answer the Questions for Critical Thinking at the end of each chapter listed and turn in to your instructor via email or mail. The questions will be worth 50% of your grade.

 

 

Weekly Summaries of Current Environmental Issues

You will need to find 15 current environmental issues that you can research and write a two page summary for. The summaries will be worth 18.7% of your grade. You can do this on a weekly basis. You can also emaill your summaries to the instructor at cogbonnaya@me.vccs.edu.

 

 

Term Paper

You will be expected to write a term paper on "Green House Effects". You should incorporate at least five references into the paper. See the outline on how to write this term paper. The term paper will be worth 18.7% of your grade.

 

 

Field Trip

You will be required to have an all day field trip. You will be expected to write a report on this field trip. The field trip is required for the completion of the class. You will need the approval of the instructor before you go on the field trip. You should also submit the name, address, and phone number of where you will be going on the field trip. Include pictures taken during the field trip. The field trip will be worth 12.6% of your grade.

 

 

Emergency Statement

In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternative delivery methods; alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates; a revised attendance policy; and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.

In the case of a College emergency, please refer to the following about changes in this course:

 

·         If you are unable to access the water/wastewater distance learning website, please contact IT services at 276-523-2400 or contact your instructor.  If power or servers are down across campus it may take a couple of hours for service to be reinstated.  Please be patient and your course material will be back up and running shortly.  If this does occur penalties will not be given for late assignments.

·         If the MECC mail server is down your instructor will use the following email address: Caogbonnaya1975@yahoo.com.
*****Please note that this email address will ONLY be used in case of an emergency when the MECC mail server is down!******

·         The telephone number for your instructor is as follows:
276-523-2400, ext 276

For more general information about the emergency situation, please refer to:

·         The Mountain Empire Community College web site at www.mecc.edu or the Virginia Community College System web page at www.vccs.edu

·         The college phone number is 276-523-2400

·         The college phone number to call in case of snow or inclement weather is 276-523-7495. You may also receive information about snow or inclement weather at the following TV and Radio Stations:


WCYB-TV— Bristol

WJHL-TV — Johnson City

WQUT-FM — Johnson City

WAXM-FM — Norton

WDIC-FM — Clintwood

WJNV-FM — Jonesville

WVTF-FM — Local NPR
WXBQ-FM — Bristol

·         You may contact security at MECC from off campus by calling 276-523-7473 and from on campus by dialing 473 from any campus phone. There are also several emergency security phones located on MECC’s campus.

 

 

Emergency Notifications: When MECC considers an emergency to pose an ongoing threat to students and employees, the college community will be notified in several ways:

1.    Text Message (register to receive text messages from MECC at http://www.mecc.edu/sms/index.html)

2.    Email

3.    Telephone

4.    Postings on the college’s web site

5.    In person

 

 

 

Honor

All students at MECC should abide by the standards of conduct outlined in the MECC Student Handbook. Cheating WILL NOT be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating on an assignment or test will receive a zero for that assignment.

 

 

Instructions for Individuals with Disabilities

Students may request academic accommodation for disabilities through the Office of Student Services.  That office will evaluate the request and make recommendations for appropriate and reasonable accommodations, which the student will provide to the instructor.

Individuals requiring temporary handicapped parking accommodations due to short-term illness should also contact Student Services.

All correspondence will be kept confidential.

 

 

Core Competencies

This course satisfies the following core competencies:

·       Discriminate among degrees of credibility, accuracy, and reliability of inferences drawn from given data.

·       Evaluate the strengths and relevance of arguments on a particular question or issue.

·       Weigh evidence and decide if generalizations or conclusions based on the given data are warranted.

·       Determine whether certain conclusions or consequences are supported by the information provided.

·       Access needed information effectively and efficiently.

·       Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base.

·       Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

·       Distinguish between casual and correlational relationships.

 

 

Grading Policy

Weekly summaries

18.7%

Term paper

18.7 %

Critical Thinking questions

50%

Field Trip

12.6%

 

100%

 

 

 

Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = Below 60%

 

 

Reading Assignments

 

Week 1

 

Ch. 1:  Understanding our environment
                  What is Environmental Science?
                   A Brief History of Conservation and Environmentalism
                   Current Conditions
                   Rich/Poor: A Divided World
                   Sustainable Development

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 2:  Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, and Science
                Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
                Religious and Cultural Perspectives
                Environmental Justice
                Science as a Way of Knowing

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 Week 2

Ch. 3:  Matter, Energy and Life
                Elements of Life
                Energy
                Energy for Life
                From Species to Ecosystems
                Material Cycles and Life Processes

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor
      

 

Ch. 4:  Biological Communities and Species Interactions
                Who Lives Where, and Why?
                 Species Interactions
                 Community Properties
                 Communities in Transition

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 


Week 3

Ch. 5:  Biomes: Global Patterns of Life
                Terrestrial Biomes
                Marine Ecosystems
                Freshwater Ecosystems
                Human Disturbance

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 6:  Population Biology
                Dynamics of Population Growth
                Factors That Increase or Decrease Populations
                Factors That Regulate Population Growth
                Conservation Biology

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 


Week 4

Ch. 7:  Human Populations
                Population Growth
                Limits to Growth: Some Opposing Views
                Human Demography
                Population Growth: Opposing Factors
                Demographic Transition
                Family Planning and Fertility Control
                The Future of Human Populations

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 8:  Environmental Health and Toxicology
                Environmental Health
                Toxicology
                Movement, Distribution, and Fate of Toxins
                Mechanisms for Minimizing Toxic Effects
                Measuring Toxicity
                Risk Assessment and Acceptance
                Establishing Public Policy

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 


Week 5

Ch. 9:  Food and Agriculture
               Food and Nutrition
               Key Food Sources
               Farm Policy
               Soil: A Renewable Resource
               Ways We Use and Abuse Soil
               Other Agricultural Resources
               New Crops and Genetic Engineering
               Sustainable Agriculture

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 10: Pest Control
                Pests and Pesticides
                Pesticide Benefits
                Pesticide Problems
                Alternatives to Current Pesticide Uses
                Reducing Pesticide Exposure

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Week 6

Ch. 11:  Biodiversity
                Biodiversity and the Species Concept
                How Do We Benefit From Biodiversity?
                What Threatens Biodiversity?
                Endangered Specied Management and Biodiversity Protection
                Captive Breeding and Species Survival Plans

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 12:  Land Use: Forests and Grasslands
                World Land Uses
                World Forests
                Tropical Forests
                Temperate Forests
                U.S. Forest Management
                Grasslands
                Landownership and Land Reform

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 


Week 7

Ch. 13:  Preserving and Restoring Nature
                Parks and Nature Preserves
                Wilderness Areas and Wildlife Refuges
                World Parks and Preserves
                Preserving Functional Ecosystems and Landscapes
                Restoration Ecology
                Preserving Ecosystem Services: Wetlands and Floodplains
                Ecosystem Managment

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 14:  Geology and Earth Resources
                A Dynamic Planet
                Rocks and Minerals
                Economic Geology and Mineralogy
                Environmental Effects of Resource Extraction
                Conserving Geologic Resources
                Geologic Hazards

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 


Week 8

Ch. 15:  Air, Weather, and Climate
                The Atmosphere and Climate
                Climate

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 16:  Air Pollution
                The Air Around Us
                Natural Sources of Air Pollution
                Human-Caused Air Pollution
                Climate, Topography, and Atmospheric Processes
                Effects of Air Pollution
                Air Pollution Control
                Clean Air Legislation
                Current Conditions and Future Prospects

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 

Week 9

Ch. 17:  Water Use and Management
                Water Resource
                Major Water Compartments
                Water Availability and Use
                Freshwater Shortages
                Increasing Water Supplies
                Water Management and Conservation

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 18:  Water Pollution
                Water Pollution
                Types and Effects of Water Pollution
                Water Quality Today
                Water Pollution Control
                Water Legislation

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 

Week 10

Ch. 19:  Conventional Energy
                What Is Energy and Where Do We Get It?
                How Energy Is Used
                Coal
                Oil
                Natural Gas
                Nuclear Power
                Radioactive Waste Management
                Changing Fortunes of Nuclear Power
                Nuclear Fusion
                U.S. Energy Policy

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 20:  Sustainable Energy
                Conservation
                Tapping Solar Energy
                High-Temperature Solar Energy
                Fuel Cells
                Energy From Biomass
                Energy From The Earth's Forces
                What's Our Energy Future?

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 

Week 11

Ch. 21:  Solid, Toxic, and Hazardous Waste
                Solid Waste
                Waste Disposal Methods
                Shrinking the Waste Stream
                Hazardous and Toxic Wastes

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 22:  Urbanization and Sustainable Cities
                Urbanization
                Causes of Urban Growth
                Current Urban Problems
                Sustainable Development in the Third World

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 

Week 12

Ch. 23:  Ecological Economics
                Economic World Views
                Resources, Capital, and Reserves
                Population, Technology, and Scarcity
                Natural Resource Accounting
                Trade, Development, and Jobs
                Green Business

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

Ch. 24:  Environmental Policy, Law, and Planning
               Environmental Policy
               Environmental Law
               International Treaties and Conventions
               Dispute Resolution and Planning

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 

Week 13

Ch. 25:  What Then Shall We Do?
               Living in an Uncertain World
               Environmental Education
               Individual Accountability
               Collective Actions
               Green Politics

**Answer Questions for Critical Thinking** and email them to your instructor

 

 

Week 14 and 15

The remainder of the class period should be used to work on your term paper and field trip.