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An introduction to environmental science as a branch of the sciences and its relation to the scientific field. Review of the principles of environmental and ecological literacy as well as trends in restoration ecology, regenerative/sustainable studies, including Agenda 21 and other environmental indicator tools as they relate to humans including all cultural, ethnic/gender groups & the earth’s systems. The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position. ~Christine Stevens
INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: JULIE PHILLIPS, Facilitator for Planet Earth
Office Hours Online: Will be posted on the course website
Office/Phone: (408) 864-8655 KC 219
E-mail Address: email@example.com
ES Dept website: http://www.deanza.edu/es/
Student Learning Outcomes for ESCI 1:
SLO #1: Assess (apply) the criteria necessary to be successful in the ESCI 1 class.
SLO #2: Utilize the scientific & environmental methods and ecosystems thinking (including
ecological principles including ecosystem services, major aquatic life zones & terrestrial biomes)
and a team approach (including scientists, public, decision-makers & others) to implement
ecosystems thinking into the public policy process utilizing a local case study
After completing this course you should be able to:
1. Help save this great planet and the Earth’s remaining intact ecosystems!
2. Examine environmental science as a branch of the sciences and its relation to the scientific field & most importantly, its relevance to you and your day-to-day life!
3. Examine and survey ecological concepts and vocabulary and apply to your life!
4. Assess and apply ecological literacy to modern life and a technologically based society
5. Examine and survey the world's natural resources including water, air, soil, species,
ecosystems, energy and minerals (WASSEEM)
6. Assess and survey the environmental indicators utilized to assess current trends in our
7. Examine the environmental method as a problem-solving tool to develop solutions to the
problems created by overuse of the world's resources
8. Examine the worldwide strategies developed to address global environmental issues
including Agenda 21, the Montreal Protocol, ISO 14000 and the Kyoto Protocol
Required Textbook & ESCI 1 Student Packet: (available at De Anza Bookstore &
Pearson.com for e-book for text )
• Phillips, Julie, Environmental Science (ESCI 1) STUDENT PACKET, 2012/2013
• Wright, R.T. & D.F. Boorse 2010. Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable
Future. Prentice Hall. De Anza Custom Edition, 2010
Point Breakdown: Grading Scale:
Lecture: A 88 - 100 %
Mid-term Assess 50 points B 78 - 87
Final Assess 50 C 68 - 77
Homework-Chap reading 35 D 55 - 67
(1,3,5,4,6,7,10/11) F 54 & below
Sustainability Plan 25
Survey/Online Forum 50
ESCI 1 Online Binder 75
Total for class 285 points
“The stark truth is this, if we want wild animals, we have to make sacrifices”
Colin Tudge (Wildlife Conservation)
1. This is an intensive mediated learning environmental science course! Class work is
required every week in class with multiple class activities, assignments & binder entries.
2. You are expected to participate in every class activity - weekly!
3. Make a commitment – today – April 8, 2013, to participate (through mediated learning
process) in every class, committed to learning and building and leadership skills in a quest
to find sustainable solutions to the challenges we face
4. Take the pledge to be strongest person you can be – clear mind and healthy attitude towards
yourself, others and the planet! In our search to understand the landscape and other life
forms, we can all find our passion for fellow creatures that inhabit this great planet with us
5. ESCI 1 Online Class Policy: No online assignments, activities, notes, assessments and any
and all assignments from this class are to be shared with other students (present or future).
Any such activity will result in a referral to the VP of Instruction and college. Help us save
this great planet – let each student learn this material on their own! Be a person of honor!
Friends (or strangers) don’t ask friends or others to cheat!
Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
Protocols for ESCI 1-64Z class:
You are expected to participate in all class activities (provided online and selfpaced); expect to put in 4 hours per week viewing videostreams and completing in-class assignments; and 1-2 hours per week on chapter readings and required assignments/assessments. You will receive a detailed agenda for each week of class (posted each week in class as a pdf file).
Catalyst website: http://catalyst.deanza.edu
Your ESCI 1 Online Binder weekly lecture notes, activity summaries and chapter readings are due online on the dates listed in catalyst, assignments listings. Please see all posted assignment due dates in catalyst. We suggest you put all your notes into a word document for each class and then cut and paste (on the due dates) into the catalyst online assignment page. You may also write each weekly lecture notes, activity summaries and chapter readings and then scan and submit via email (in catalyst) to the instructor.
Your ESCI 1 Online Assignment Due Dates Checklist:
• Week 2: Complete ONLINE ESCI 1 SURVEY in CATALYST by Wed., April 17 by 8:00 pm (10 points)
• Week 5: Weeks 1-4 lecture notes, activity summaries and chapter readings due on Wed, May 8 by 8:00 pm (30 points)
• Note: Week 7 is the last week of chapter readings!
• Note: Check Dates for Online Forums!
• Week 6: Mid-term Assessment Assignment: Due in Catalyst by Wed., May 15 by 8:00 pm (50 pts)
• Week 10: Weeks 5-10 lecture notes, activity summaries and chapter readings due on Wed, June 12 by 8:00 pm (45 points)
• Week 11: Sustainability Plan (your plan!) due in catalyst by Wed, June 19 by 8:00 pm (25 points)
• Week 12: Final Assessment Assignment: Due in Catalyst by Monday, June 24 by 8:00 pm (50 points)