GEO 3372 1656: Conservation of Natural Resources (3Sh)
Room: 836, Bldg 8
Instructor: Dr. Wilbur Hugli, Ed.D.
(850) 863-0874; Fax 863-0875, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PNS: M/W 9:30am – 1:00pm; EAFB/FWB: T/Th 10am – 1pm
Textbook (Required): Exploitation, Conservation and Preservation of Natural Resources, 4ed, by Cutter & Renwick
Course Description and Student Learning Outcomes:
This course deals with the conservation, relationship, use, and renewal of naturally occurring resources with an emphasis on the physical, scientific, political, and economic issues of conservation. Additional current events concerning conservation issues will be discussed in class. Occasional off campus class meetings may be scheduled. Classes will be open discussion format.
Students are responsible for text material whether this material is entirely covered in lecture or not. It is expected that the text and required readings will be completed prior to class. Check the text website: http://www.wiley.com/college/cutter
Students will be a primary source of information to be shared with the entire class. Students are encouraged to and may request (with approval) a 30 to 45 minute presentation by a local expert who has unique information to share on a conservation issue.
Eight one page, double spaced, reaction papers will be written and submitted every other week. If submitted via e-mail do not send them as attachments but include the following in the subject and address element “ Name, GEO3372 Reaction Paper (#)”. These papers will have a one-paragraph summary of a current conservation article and a one-paragraph individual reaction commentary. Papers submitted after the start Nov 15 will have a 10% grade reduction. Pace Library has a number of relevant journals that may be used for material.
Text Assignments during the week of:
Aug 23 Chapter 1 (Introduction, Natural Resources)
Aug 30 Chapter 2 (Economics)
Sep 6 Chapter 3 (Ideology, Politics and Decision)
Sep 13 Chapter 4 (Ecological Perspectives)
Sep 20 Chapter 5 (Human Population)
Sep 27 Chapter 6 (Agriculture and Food Production)
Oct 4 Chapter 10 (Water)
Oct 11 Chapter 7 (Forests)
Oct 18 Project
Oct 25 Chapter 8 (Biodiversity)
Nov 1 Chapter 9 (Marine Resources)
Nov 15 Chapter 11/12 (Air/Atmospheric Change)
Nov 22 Chapter 13/14 (Non-Fuel Materials/Energy)
Nov 29 Chapter 15 (Sustainable Society)
Dec 6 Exam Week
University grade scale will be used based on the statistical norm conversion of points for work completed. Value: Papers (35%), In-class projects (5%), Participation (15%), Tests (45%). Work and papers turned in late will be reduced in grade value. (Note: Policy on makeup work and quizzes.) Plagiarism will result in a failing grade.
A midterm and final exam will be scheduled. The midterm may be a variable format exam to determine student understanding of information based on the text using the text test bank. The final exam will be formatted to evaluate student comprehension of concepts.
Unannounced and weekly quizzes may be used to test specific knowledge understanding based on text material. There will be no makeup for these quizzes.
University students are adults who are responsible for their performance and on time class attendance. The university absence-drop policy is applicable. Individuals are responsible to make up work missed due to absences; however, this work may be graded with reduced points. If you cannot attend class for a viable reason let me know before hand. Changes that affect the entire class will be sent using the ArgoNet Group Mail system – remember to have this account forwarded to your regularly used e-mail account.
Some course material is available on my UWF web site.
Students are not authorized to place class notes or resources on the Internet or sell them to Internet sources. Pagers and cellular telephones are inappropriate in the classroom!
Special Technology Utilized by Students: None. Baseline technology code: Easy.
Expectations for Academic Conduct/Plagiarism: Refer to:
Assistance for Students with Special Needs: Refer to: Page 3