UVM/GIV Environmental Science and Technology Institute Course SyllabusTitle :
UVM /GIV Environmental Science and Technology
Institute (GEOL 095)
3 Credits; 45 Contact Hours.
Paul Bierman, PhD (Geology and Natural Resources); firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting dates and times:
June 23, 2014 - June 28, 2014 daily, with evening sessions.
University of Vermont
In this course, Vermont high school students, grades 9-12, will learn about Environmental Science and Technology. Through extensive hands-on activities and a variety of experiences, participants will learn about how practicing environmental scientists understand Earth and human interactions with our planet. During
the on-campus week, students will work directly with science faculty and graduate students as well as meet engineers, scientists, and professionals who manage environmental systems including power plants, sewage treatment plants, and recycling operations. Hands-on student research will address pressing environmental problems including air, soil, and water pollution and the effect of this pollution on organisms in the environment. Activities are led by University faculty and environmental professionals. All students will do one short reading prior to the residential portion of the course and write a short (one to two page) essay about how the reading affected them. During the Institute, students will work in groups to create PowerPoint presentations of their results. Each student will write a reflection and submit it for evaluation within a week of the conclusion of the Institute.
We have developed a series of learning goals for the Institute. They fall into three distinct categories.(Content) SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY1.Use the scientific method (develop hypotheses, collect data, analyze data, and present interpretations) 2.Use a variety of scientific disciplines to approach local environmental problems3.Properly document data collection methods, protocols, and results4.Develop a sense of place for the field site (geographic, historical, cultural, ecological)5.Expose and explain to students technology that is new to them6.Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources (web, peer-review, books)7.Explore science career options8.Provide a context for larger, global environmental issues including Environmental Justice and the unequal distribution of environmental risks.(Pedagogy) TEACHING and LEARNING1.Encourage students to direct their own learning through an inquiry, question-based approach2.Emphasize a hands-on, experiential learning approach