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Course: ENSC/NR 285 Title: Solutions - Using Science & Systems to Design Sustainable Outcomes Instructors: Liz Calabrese,

Deane Wang Catalog Description Group dynamics, problem assessment, systems thinking, and design and implementation of solutions. Emphasis on the process of creating solutions to complex environmental problems and conducting interdisciplinary team work. 4 credits. Prerequisites: courses or experience in biology, ecology, data analysis, some physical science and drawing skills (may need to be self-taught through a self-assessment and online learning module). junior/senior standing. Course Goals and Objectives ENSC/NR 285 is inspired by the need to help students practice developing solutions to environmental challenges coming to a head in the 21st Century. This course is designed to help students integrate their undergraduate experience -- knowledge, skills, values, passions, talents, and lifelong goals. Class experiences are designed to hone tools to help students succeed in their future employment endeavors. This is a hands-on, project-based experience in purposeful thinking and interdisciplinary planning and problem-solving. The course is intended as a stepping-stone from previous structured coursework to the professional world of teamwork, integrated analysis, problemdenition, planning, design and action. In particular, this course focuses on green design of the built environment (e.g., buildings, urban open spaces), renewable energy and energy efciency (e.g. solar energy, heat loss efciency), and a sustainable ecology (e.g., restorative, regenerative, self-organizing). Learning Objectives Students should be able to: develop individual and group work plans that complete a whole project demonstrate leadership and followership skills associated with collaborative activities that support a common objective create conceptual system maps that help dene a project along with design problems and opportunities manage group activities to encourage creativity and inspire action utilize physical and ecological principles and concepts in a design solution, and be able to explain them in the context of the specic solution draw, diagram, and describe solutions in a clear and persuasive way

Course Description The course will be project and case study-based with limited lectures. Student work will be facilitated by faculty in multiple disciplines through workshops and hands on activities. Content learning will be the responsibility of student participants and will be self-evaluated. After demonstrating a systems thinking collaborative design approach to solution nding through shorter project activities, a service-learning project will form the central theme for groups in the class and will drive specic class room learning and project activities. Project participation, intermediate products, and the nal project outcome (drawings, reports, presentation, etc.) will form the basis for student evaluation. Course Topics and Workshops Sustainability, ecological design, ecological engineering, green infrastruture Systems thinking, design thinking, and problem-solving frameworks Group dynamics, interdisciplinary teams, and leadership Critical path and other project planning frameworks Project management and ecosystem management Course Schedule Weeks 1-2: Foundations of sustainability, ecology, and 21st Century issues Problem-solving, systems thinking, and integrated design/planning approaches. Weeks 3-4: Project planning and management, group facilitation Content catch-up Weeks 5-6: Brainstorming, creative thinking, and project design Research and development Weeks 7-12: Project implementation More research and development Weeks 13-14: Finalizing a project, peer input, critique, testing The redesign process Week 15: Critical reection, process evaluation.

Evaluation: Grading will be divided into four components: Mid-term evaluation of intermediate products 30% Draft project evaluation 30% Finalizing process 20% Project and class participation 20%