This course has been awarded the Affordability Counts Medallion. The Affordability Counts initiative at FIU seeks to make learning more affordable by reducing the cost of course materials to $60 or less. Find out more by visiting the Affordability Counts website at lowcost.fiu.edu.
Please review the FIU’s Policies webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses.
Grading for this course will be based on lab reports, two exams, environmental shopping, campus audit project paper and discussions. Be sure to follow the schedule of events in order to stay current in the course.
Online Assessment Issues Policy
If you encounter a problem when conducting an assessment (e.g., exam, quiz, discussion, etc.) and/or have problems uploading documents to the assignment dropbox, then you must contact FIU online for assistance. They will contact me with additional instructions at which point a determination will be made regarding the next course of action. There is no exception to this policy.
Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.
This course serves as the lab for the companion lecture course and must be taken with it to fulfill the “Physical Sciences” category of natural sciences requirement for the University Core Curriculum. The objectives of the lab are similar to those of the lecture course but in the lab students are offered laboratory based experiences with many of the topics covered in the lecture.
Life Science Core Curriculum Course Competencies:The lab course will help satisfy the UCC science core competency with respect to helping students apply the scientific method by conducting experiments to test scientific hypotheses. Students will be assessed in this competency by answering embedded questions within their lab reports.
This online section does not require an on-campus exam.
There is no textbook required for this course.
All lab manuals, class lectures, and background information will be posted in Canvas under each week’s tab. It is your responsibility to read the assigned material beforehand.
An Open Educational Resource (OER) is provided for reference. It was created for an AP Environmental Science course; however, most of the concepts are covered in the appropriate chapters. Be advised, the course was not developed using this book.
1. AP Environmental Science, by University of California, Universi