Seminar 01

Environmental Science

Science, Technology and the Environment

Seminar Template

                  Please refer to the Calendar for all due dates. For a suggested weekly plan of work please see "Suggested Plan of Work"



Welcome, our first week together will be busy. We will be introducing ourselves, setting up our computer systems, and beginning our first assignment. As always, if you have any problems or questions please contact me by phone or by email.


To begin the course:

          1. Reading the syllabus. It will provide the "rules of the game".

          2. Obtain the required materials listed in the syllabus.

          3. Obtain software that will allow you to copy pictures from the web and place them in your reports.

              You may obtain the software by clicking on the hotlink Useful Software. Once the software is

              installed practice obtaining pictures and inserting them into a document.


Each week you will be working on a seminar designed to investigate an aspect of the environment. The investigation will consist of six steps which will be developed into a seminar report.

          1. Read the assigned readings. (Textbook, Lecture, Seminar)

          2. Read the "Objectives/Guide Questions" and develop referenced answers.

          3. Obtain your "Discussion Question" and develop a referenced answer.

          4. Read the "Application" and follow the directions provided.

          5. Perform a "Web Research" from a list provided.

          6. Summarize your work and present final thoughts concerning the seminar.


An Example Seminar Report. is available that provides a model to help you develop your report. Use the format and labeling, of the example report as the basis for your report. (Many student find using a "Seminar Template " useful for use in building the seminar report)



The Seminar Report

           Reading Assignment:   

                   Lecture: (Click to Read)



Seminar 01 Reading Assignment                  Text: Environmental Science   






Environmental Problems and Sustainability




Science, Matter and Energy - What Scientists Do?




 What are some Major Environmental Worldviews?

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         Part A -  Objectives/ Guide Questions (Click to Select) OR Quiz.   

You have two choices to demonstrate you have obtained the skills for this section.

Your first choice is to prepare detailed answers to the objectives/guide questions, with references.  State the question, then your response and references that support each answer.


The second choice is to take a quiz. (For the part A, of your report indicate Taking Quiz.) The quiz must be taken before before the seminar "Due Date" and is available in the virtual classroom. The quiz is multiple-choice with 20 questions.  Each student will be provided a unique computer generated quiz. The score only will be posted for the quiz. The score will be included in the students Angel Grading System. Please note that the purpose of the quizzes is to determine the degree to which the "Learning Objectives/Guide Questions have been mastered and is not intended as a learning tool. One should consider answering the guide questions to fulfill that goal.  


            Part B - Discussion Questions (Click to Select)   (OMIT for Week 1 only - Please include section title and indicate OMITTED)          

You will be assigned one discussion question. Fully research your question, using the internet and assigned readings to develop a complete answer.  Post your response/answer before 12:00 midnight of day three, to the virtual classroom/ Discussion Board.  Also include the discussion question in your seminar report.  Post your responses, to other students discussion question posting, before evening of the day six. Use student responses, to your question, to improve your answer.


         Part C - Application

Read the application, perform the indicated activity and obtain the required information to complete the application.  Use the Virtual Classroom to discuss any concerns or problems you encounter while working on the Application Project. As part of a learning community it is your responsibility to help and support you fellow classmates. Include the data sheet, appropriate data, and a summary of the implications of the activity and how it applies to the seminar.



           Science, Technology and the Environment  (Click to Select)


         Part D - Web Investigations  (OMIT for Week 1 only - Please include section title and indicate OMITTED)

Select one website of your choice, from the ones provided (Web Resources) and:

     a) Include a picture of the web site. Include the URL or address and part of one of the web pages.

     b) Describe the contents of the site.

     c) List a minimum of two facts.

     d) List a minimum two opinions.

     e) Indicate how the website relates to the seminar. 


         Part E - Summary and Final Thoughts

               This part is composed of two paragraphs.

1. Seminar Summary. The first paragraph is a summary of the concepts presented in the seminar - Be specific.

2. Final Thoughts. The second paragraph draws together your thoughts, feelings, and how this seminar relates to your life. 


             Post your "Summary and Final Thoughts" to the virtual classroom/ Discussion Board before the evening of day six. Also include the "Summary and Final Thoughts in your seminar report.



     Submit the completed seminar report, before 12:00 midnight of the "Due Date" as an attachment to an email sent to Your seminar report will be evaluated using a Grading Rubric or grading sheet. The rubric will be used to evaluate your assignment and will be returned to you for your review and can be used as a guideline for improving future reports. There will be no surprises and you will be kept informed as you proceed.

















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