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The following notes are thoughts and ideas which are sent to a future student. They describe the course that they have just finished. It includes comments about assignments, workload, activities or laboratory, evaluation, and the overall impressions of the course. Finally they provide suggestions that could help a future student to succeed. Remember these suggestion are from students that have been successful with this course. Take heed of their suggestion and you to will be successful.

 

This class has taught me so much.  I never expected to enjoy the material so much.  As I said earlier in the semester, this was my fun class.  I thought it would be a blow-off, easy A.  Boy was I wrong!  This was the most interesting, insightful, and life-changing class that I have ever taken.  Because of this class I am different.  I now go to the recycling center at least once a week.  I no longer fill my garbage bags with items that could be reused.  My DTE bill showed that I have reduced my energy consumption by 17% from last month, and 10% from last year.  My 6 year old son wants to help me save the world.  I have talked a few of my neighbors into mulching their leaves this fall instead of bagging them up and placing them on the curb.  I feel like I am making a difference, no matter how small it may be.  Thank you to Dr. Suckley, for making me a better person.  Thank you to all my classmates, for keeping this class fun.

Alaina

 

Dear Future Student,

- This class has a large workload, but donít get discouraged. Once you get used to the format of the class and the schedule it gets easier. This class is very interesting and you will learn allot about the environment and how human affect it. There are 8 seminars in this class, one per week. Some are harder than others so make sure you donít wait until the last day to finish up. I would recommend doing the tests in place of the objective questions, I thought that after reading the material and completing the seminar, the tests were not that difficult. Also, donít overwork yourself trying to complete the assignments; the grading was fair for every assignment.
Good Luck
Tomas

 

Hello,

In this class you will learn lots of useful information for everyday life. Don't get scared of the first week assignment. This course consists of eight seminars and final exam. Each seminar has discussion questions, application project, web project and summary. Most of the answers you can find online, but it takes patience and hard work and a lot of time. Some of the seminars are not so hard; they are only time consuming. To complete seminar on time you need to fallow syllabus and schedules for each assignment. Donít leave anything for ďtomorrowĒ or ďnext day. My advice is to donít skip any of the projects, even if you canít complete it 100 percent. Every point counts in this class. After this course you will become more knowledgeable and responsible member of the global community. You will found out that personal action towards our environment can make a difference and make our planet better place for living.
 
Good luck!  
Anel

 

Dear future student:

 I would describe the Science course which I have recently completed as highly educational and very applicable to my everyday life.  The assignments related to water and air quality, out current dependency on fossil fuels, and genetic engineering in food.  These topics were all studied in detail, including their definitions, and when we can do to improve the problems relating to each topic.  My overall impression of this course is that it is one which applies to everybodyís life because we all share the same bond with the natural world which this class is focused on.  This has been a great class, full of assignments which are relatively easy to complete, I think anyone who takes this class with find value in their new knowledge.
Signed,
Passed student

 

Future Students,

            You have a lot of work in this class.  For the past 8 weeks I havenít gone a day without doing homework, and 90% was for this class, but hopefully these notes will help you.-

            Plan out what youíre going to do and when.  Make sure you read the directions each week, sometimes things change a little.  Send your reports to evs@sciencescene.com, questions about the class send to suckley@sciencescene.com.  Remember when you send your report to put your name and number in the subject line, and body of the e-mail, as well as on the top of your word document.  It doesnít matter what order you do the different sections, just make sure the discussion question is done in time.  Make sure to always source your questions.  If you donít already know ctrl+f can help you find things faster, and is very useful in this class.  And make sure you read everything for the final, itís pretty hard.

 Objective Questions-I recommend going through the book first to find the answers (they wonít be in order), then if there are any you canít find search the internet, and then if you still canít find them, post the question of the discussion board.  I also recommend splitting this into two parts, so itís not as overwhelming.

Discussion Questions-This part is usually the shortest, and its pretty easy.  Itís also the only part due in the middle of the week.  Sometimes itís faster to just search the internet for the answer, but it usually can be found in the book.

Application-This part can get very frustrating, and sometimes involves ďfield tripsĒ to town halls, and libraries.  Also, it tends to be frustrating trying to find the information needed on the internet.

Web Research-This part is pretty easy, donít get hung up on specific definitions of opinions and facts, just be able to explain why you think a statement is an opinion or fact. Also, the ďabout usĒ pages on websites are very useful for this section. 

Summary/Final Thoughts- This part isnít that hard.  For the summary, be thorough, and use the lecture.  For the final thoughts, itís just your reaction, and what you learned.  This is the only other part you have to post to the discussion board.
Good luck,
Katie

 

Dear Future Student,

I am writing this letter to you to help prepare you for taking Environmental Science course online.  This was a very challenging course to begin with, but taking it online made it extremely challenging.

To help you prepare for this course, the first word of advice I would give would be to make sure you have enough time between work and other classes to handle potentially 20 hours of work a week on this course.  If you have enough time in your schedule this course is manageable as long as you budget your time wisely and donít wait until the end of the week to try and finish all the assignments.

I also have some extra tips that may help you successfully complete this course.  First off, Make sure you read over the Application Project when it is first posted online.  Some of the objectives in the Application Projects are projects that require you to keep a record of stuff for 5 days during a week.  If you waited until day 4 of the week to start this project, it would be impossible to complete.  Another reason to read over the Application Report early in the week is some projects have you contact local municipalities or local companies, and that may require a few days of contacting before these companies give you a response.  I also found that some companies and municipalities will not give out the necessary information to answer the questions in the project.  When this happens, the course of action is to contact the information desk at the local library.

Well, thatís about it, donít let this course overwhelm you at the beginning, because it gets to be routine, and the 8 weeks go by fast.  Derek

 

Good Luck!

This class seems very intimidating when you first start, but if you stick with it you will learn a lot about your community and what is going on with the world.  You will learn quite a bit while you answer the study questions, but if you need to save some time, take the quiz.  Make sure you summarize the applications, I lost a few points because I forgot.  Also, be sure to meet the posting deadlines, I lost points there too.  Make a schedule and stick with it; this work is very time consuming, but well worth it.  Best of Luck!
Lorraine  

 

Hi,

This is not a ďblow offĒ class. There is a lot to learn and an extreme amount of reading!! Donít wait till the last day of the week and try to rush to get it all done, it is just about impossible. At first, this course is confusing, but just stick with it and ask questions on the discussion board. I would suggest you log in the first day the assignment is posted. Print out the lecture (some were 16 pages) so make sure you have paper and ink. The first 4 weeks I did all of the Objective Questions and the last 4 weeks I took the Quiz. The Quiz is a lot less work, as long as you read the chapter or chapters. However I do believe I learned more when I did the Questions. This course was very informative to me; even though it is a lot of work it is manageable. Take a deep breath and dive right in. You will be fine!! Have Fun and Good Luck!!
Jim

 

Future students

You probably just started to read the first seminar and are thinking about dropping the class.  You expected the class to be easy almost like a blow off class.  Well youíre not the only ones that thought this we all did too.  The only thing is we didnít quit we all kept up with the homework and got it all done.  It is very doable and im going to give you some tips to remember so you can finish it all on time.  

1.  Donít and I repeat DONíT procrastinate if you do and wait till the last day to do it all you will not finish it and you will be stressed out.  

2.  If you do not want to spend a lot of time doing some of the work than take the quiz instead of doing the 13 objective questions.  The only thing is make sure you read the chapters and lecture really well because the quiz is kind of hard and itís timed.  

3.  Follow his guidelines on what days to work on stuff and what days to turn things in as this will make things run smooth and you will get into a routine.  

4.  If you need help use the discussion posts to ask fellow classmates what they did or where they found the answer.  Dr.  Suckley also monitors it and will help you out.

5.  Last but not least take deep breaths I know it seems like a lot but trust me you can get all of the work done on time and you will learn so much.  

Take at look at these steps if you need any pointers on how to make things go easier on you.  The class is very educational and you will learn a lot of cool things about your area you live in.  You may even start seeing yourself recycling more and using less energy. 
Good Luck,
Paige

 

Dear Future Student,

            First off let me begin with welcome to Environmental Science online. You are in store for quite the rollercoaster ride of information and coursework. Make sure you allow yourself ample time to complete the tasks each week. This course does not leave room for error and it will be utterly impossible to get enough sleep and complete the required seminars if you save them for the last minute. Give yourself enough time each week to complete the seminars.  I had post-its lining my entire desktop with due dates as well as what I needed to finish in order to hand my seminar in at the proper time. So what are these seminars I keep referring to? Each week you will be asked to complete a seminar, which in a way is a glorified research paper/report of the information you have read in lecture and textbook. At the beginning of each seminar you have a choice, to either complete a million objective questions or take a timed quiz. I suggest skipping the quiz and diving right into the objective questions. These seem lengthy and require a lot of time but will assist you complete the seminar way easier than if you decide to do the quiz. Answering these questions will already prepare you for the application as well as summary and final thoughts. The second part of the seminar consists of discussion questions, do not freak when you see these questions for you only have to answer the one designated to your student number. Believe me, I was under the impression that we had another thirty questions to answer on top of the objective questions, not the case. The third part of the seminar report consists of the application. I suggest jumping right into this bad boy and starting it early in the week. It is very time-consuming and requires a lot of research or observations throughout the week. If you do not feel like beginning it right away, at least browse the directions so you can prepare yourself for it by the end of the week. The fourth part of the seminar report consists of web resources, probably the easiest portion of the seminar report. You are provided with a list of websites and need to summarize as well as point out facts and opinions on three of these. Lastly, which I know you feel there is no end to these reports is the summary and final thoughts. Basically, you get to let loose and voice any opinion you had on doing the assigned seminar report. Use this part to express your feelings towards the topic as well as the report itself. After you have finished all of these parts you have completed your tasks for the week, which will take you all seven days to finish. So now that you have a brief overview of the course, let me offer you some suggestions. Make friends with people in the virtual classroom, exchange emails or phone numbers. Someone usually has the same question you do regarding the seminar topic, people can be very helpful in pointing you towards the right websites, pages, or lecture notes to find your answer on. Use the virtual classroom to vent, ask questions, or just plain talk it is your medium to learn on. Lastly, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! I never thought I would offer that as a suggestion, since I am the queen of procrastination but seriously plan out your week with this course. I am currently taking twenty-five credits and this course took up most of my time until I created a course of action for each seminar report. I never thought I would reach the end of this course. Staying up till all hours of the night learning the environment can cause hysteria and delirious moments, so plan out your week and do not save it until the last minute. Once you get to the end, go out and celebrate because it is an accomplishment to complete Dr. Suckleyís course!
Good Luck!
Teresa :)

 

Hello future student!

While this class is a lot of work, it's not impossible, and certainly not hard! With a little work you are almost guaranteed a good grade in this class, it just takes effort!

First thing I can recommend is ALWAYS log in the day the assignment is posted! Read the lecture, read your book, and formulate an answer to your corresponding number's discussion question. If you have any questions on the question be sure to ask Dr. Suckley, but always try to get it done as soon as you can, but make sure it's accurate and well written!

I liked to plan out two days where I would work on it, I like to get everything done as soon as possible myself, so I devote a lot of time to this. The first time you do the assignment it is wise to use the template provided by Dr Suckley. As time went on I put my own touches in it to speed up the process, I used a lot more bullets to organize my thoughts too. You will be able to get this class done, trust me! It looks hard at first but it gets easy within the 3rd week.

Also to note, I recommend taking the quizzes. As long as you know the material backwards and forwards you will have no trouble with them and you can devote more time to the application project!
Lauren

Hello future students,

This Environmental Science class was my very first online class. If I can pass this class,  anyone can! When I began the first seminar report, I just knew I was going to drop this class, it sound so complicated I thought I  would never get it. After hours of pulling out my hair, shutting down the computer over and over again hopping that when I turned it back on the questions would be easier one's:) needless to say it never happened!!! I called the instructor and he patiently sat on the phone and guided me though the steps and here I am in week 8 writing this letter to you. In the beginning you will think this is just too much work, but in the end you will say I can't believe I didn't know all these things about the community in which I live. You will learn how to manage your household utilities, protect your families from hazardous materials. I mean there is so much to learn. So congratulations on taking the challenge to know and understand the community in which you live.
Good luck and God Bless
Thanks for reading!

Sherita

 

 

Future Students, WELCOME!

                I want to start by telling you that this is a crazy, but interesting eight weeks! You will learn more in these eight weeks than you could probably imagine. I am just finishing, and when it started I thought I would never see the finish line, but chill, once youíre in a groove time will FLY! Hereís a heads up about what youíll be required to do:

 *every week you will start what is called a SEMINAR REPORT there are eight weeks of this class so you will have eight seminar reports to turn in. This report consists of many assignments and research.

 *First thing is the objective guide questionsÖthey are simply questions about the material you were required to read in the text and the lecture. Be detailed and always state your sources. You may also take a 30 min timed quiz based on your readings INSTEAD of doing the application questions!

*next thing in the seminar is the discussion questions. Every student gets there own personal number which you will have throughout the class. The discussion question you answer is simply whatever student number you are. So mine was 21, so I answered discussion question 21 every week. This is to be the second part of your seminar report and also posted to the discussion board.

*next in the seminar report is the web investigations. You will be provided a list of web sites, and you will have to pick three of them to read and full understand. You will have to summarize each website, provide a picture, which is easy and you will be informed on how to do this, apply the website to everything youíve learned throughout the seminar, and give facts and opinions in the website.

*next in the seminar report is the big bad application project! This is going to take up the majority of your time. You will have to use your knowledge of what youíve read in the lecture and text, and also require A TON of internet research. You must always state your source of information, and be as detailed as possible.

*last part of the seminar report is the summarize everything, and then give YOUR personal final thoughts of what youíve learned and applied.
Betty

 

 Welcome,

So freaked out yet? DONíT BE. Iíll give you some personal thoughts and opinions on how to handle this work load without wanting to pull all your hair out...

    DO NOT PROCRASINATE!

    Look at everything in the seminar report that you have to do before you even start working.

-     Turn everything in ON TIME

-     READ your lecture and BOOK; donít just skim over it, read it.

-     Take the quiz instead of doing the object questions. The Objective questions are time consuming, if you do your assigned reading and take the quiz shortly after itís a breeze, and like I said will save you a TON OF TIME!

-     Donít panic, after your first two weeks the seminar reports will start to become familiar, and you will get into a good groove and youíll be FINE, trust me. I wanted to drop this class at first but stuck it out, and learned a TON, and it really wasnít bad at all.

-     make sure your sources of information are clear and valid

-     Remember to SUMARIZE the application project after youíre finished.

-     If you have any questions at any time, post them on the discussion board, Dr. suckely is very good at getting back to the students on there, and students will also provide you with help! So USE THE DISCUSSION BOARD!

    Fig. out a plan, and stick to it. Like every week when your going to start and do parts of the report, otherwise if you wait you will be way to overloaded

    Itís not a HARD class to get a good grade in, as long as you do the reports and turn it in on time. The information is easy to understand and very useful and interesting for the most part.

-     Last but not least GOOD LUCK!
Mark

Hi,

I learned a great deal in this class, and I never expected too! Once youíre into a groove time will seriously fly by, I can't believe Iím done already! Once I made a plan and stuck to this class become more enjoyable, and I was way less stressed. I hope you get a ton out of it as I did, and soon youíll be writing this letter to a future student! Good luck!!!
Jim

 

Dear Future Student,

 Welcome to Environmental ScienceÖbreathe

            It is my last week of my environmental class, I feel accomplished and relieved at the same time.   Seven weeks ago I thought there was no way I would be able to commit and succeed in this class without an average grade (or lower) or withdrawing. However, withdrawing was not an option for me since I had to replace the grade I had gotten in this class before. This is what you have to look forward to:

Assignments:

            Every week there is a seminar due that is approximately 10 pages long upon completion. Take a look at the example seminar and paste that into word to format it correctly (wink wink). I always printed out the seminar, lecture, discussion questions, and applications that way I can take them with me anywhere. Now, first head straight into your discussion question since it is the least time consuming and for the most part easy to complete. Post that before day 3. As far as the objective questions go, I attempted them for the first two weeks. I found all of the answers in the book however it became too time consuming so I opted to take my chance on the quiz every week. That gave me more time to work on the web exercises and application. Next I would tackle the web exercises and application. Most of my time was spent completing the application. Remember to read the directions because one week I accidentally did both applications when only one was necessary. 

 The workload is extreme and very stressful; everyone in the class will have something to say about it. Donít expect to finish your homework and have the weekend off. It took me all week and to the last minutes to finish my weekly seminars. Be prepared to spend lots of time doing research and visiting your local libraries for the applications. Even if it seems impossible, many before you have completed it. The evaluation is easy. Majority of your grade is based on your seminars. I got through this by reminding myself that I donít have to walk around the campus in the snow early in the morning twice a week (or four hours once a week), this is a four credit class that I will finish in 8 weeks (normally 16 weeks long), and I get to do it all from the comfort of my home. 

Last words of advice:

Commit yourself and you shall be just fine, Good Luck!!
Alaina

 

 

Welcome Environmental Science Students!

You are about to embark on probably the most life changing course that you will ever take.  It will take a lot of time and patience, but the end result will be well worth it.  You are going to put in more time than you could ever imagine putting into a class, but in the end you will be a better person.  The first week of class is going to be tough, and each week that follows will get harder, but if you stick with the class (and have the strength and energy to not drop), you will experience one of the most fulfilling lifetime goals.  You will be one of the few people that WILL actually make a change in this world.

Here a few suggestions that I would like to pass on to you.

1)  Make sure that you check the weekly assignments as soon as you can.  If youíre still awake at midnight when the new week becomes available, check them then.  It is a lot easier to know how to plan your week when you know what you are going to have to do.

2) Make sure to start your work immediately, and take some time each day to work on the assignments.  Some of the papers that I have written were 30+ pages long.  This is not a class that you will want to wait until the last minute to have a cram session.  You will not finish if you wait until the last minute.

3) Use all available resources for the assignments.  Some of the information can not be found in the lecture, book, or online.  You will have to send yourself out on a few ďfieldtripsĒ.  Donít worry.  Theyíre actually kind of fun.

4) If you ever get stuck on a question, call the professor.  He is extremely helpful and available for you.

5) Do the objective questions instead of the quiz.  You will learn a lot more that way, and the class will make a lot more sense.  Your grade will also reflect the time you took for the questions.

6)     Remember to turn your assignments in on time.  You donít want to work your butt off for nothing. 

7)   Do the extra credit assignments.  They are easy and donít take too long.  They are also full of very interesting information.  They each also add 2% to your final grade, so they are well worth it.

8)    Enjoy the class.  Itís not every day that you can change tomorrow. 

If you use your time wisely, and donít get too frustrated, you will do just fine.  Remember that this is an 8 week accelerated course.  Itís not supposed to be easy.  It is however, supposed to be worthwhile.  After 8 weeks, you will be glad that you stuck it out.  You will have the knowledge to pass on to friends and family.  You WILL change the world.
Good luck to you all!
Kristina

 

Future Student

                 To be perfectly honest Iím not sure exactly where to start, but we can begin with the fact that, to say the least, this class is very challenging. I took this class initially to fill a requirement in my degree that, for all intensive purposes, has nothing to do with environmental science, or so I thought. This class showed me that no matter what your major is or what career you may be heading for, that environmental science is a part of every aspect of life and Earth. Because of the all inclusive nature of the class there is a lot of information to cover and only 8 weeks to do it in. That essentially means that the work load of this class rivals any class I have taken before in my several years attending college, but it is all applicable to your daily life and future. At times (many times actually) the workload will seem overwhelming, and the stress of cumulating work can have its toll, but the main thing is to not get bogged down and focus, not stress. There are a few tips I can offer to make this go as smoothly as possible:

 1. Plan, plan, PLAN! Ė Set out your plans ahead of time, weekly and daily. Make a weekly seminar outline for goals to accomplish each day for the seminar. (Without that I could not have done everything).

 2. Do NOT procrastinate- Things can come up in the middle or the end of the week that you have no control over. Donít put these assignments off because you could get bogged down and overwhelmed.

 3. Research smart- If you canít find the answer, in most cases, skip it. Much of our lessons and learning each week is intertwined and mixed; meaning, by continuing on in another research direction you may end up at the answer to your original question (this has happened several times to me).

 4. Utilize each other- The discussion boards can be a valuable tool, when utilized. If you have a question pose it and respond if you know the answer to someone elseís question. Some things just come easier to others and you can be of great assistance to one another.

                 I cannot guarantee things will go perfectly for you in this class, not many things do, but if you follow my advice I can honestly say you will have a good shot at not only successfully completing class, but achieving a good grade as well. The idea of this class is to think outside of these next few weeks and into the world and future as a whole...
Good Luck
Josh

 

Dear Future Students:

I have just completed my online environmental class and oh boy was it interesting to say the least. When the class first started I was overwhelmed with the amount of work this instructor required. During the first two weeks I struggled to accomplish the assignments and actually turn them in on time. Somehow, I managed to get everything done. As the weekís passed everything started to come together and I found that although the workload did not decrease my routine to finish my work became a habit. I even attempted to persuade the instructor to give the class a break and decrease the amount of work that was required, needless to say I did not get very far with that; but hey at least I tried. : ) Now it is your turn to face the same frustrations I had to face, but please donít give up. Once you make it through the first week everything does get a little easier, not because there is less work, but simply because you now understand what is required. The assignments will be frustrating but just stay focused and you will learn a great deal in the short eight weeks that you will be in this class. The activities can be time consuming but they are done in a way that basically forces you to learn about the environment, as well as teaches you how just about everything you do in life affects this Earth. I honestly did not think I would be able to complete this course and continue with my other studies, but at the same time dropping the class was not an opinion for me. Overall, the course was well designed and served its purpose; to educate people about the environment. My suggestions to you would be do the Objective/Guide questions and try to stay away from the quiz. The questions are certainly more time consuming however, the amount of information you learn from the questions is greater than the information you will learn from the quiz. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it, plan on doing work for this class everyday of the week. Your first success will be not dropping out of this class and your second will be actually finishing it. My final suggestion would be to do the Ecological Footprints extra credit assignment; when I saw ďextra creditĒ I thought is this guy crazy? As if we donít have enough work to do and he wants us to do more, yeah right heís got to be kidding. Well I actually found the time to check out this particular extra credit assignment and found myself doing it. Not only was it educational and interesting, it was not at all time consuming and I got a good laugh out of it, but then again I find humor in the simplest things. Good luck, and remember do not give up during or after the first week, you will be glad you didnít when you get to the point of writing your letter.
Good Luck and Happy Studying,
Vickie

 

 

 

Dear Future Students,
To start out with this was my first online class.  While I was taking this class I was balancing a 40 hour work schedule and taking another class, so it was a lot.  I will tell you that this class was a ton of work.  I really wasnít expecting that considering itís the summer.  Itís one of those classes that you do a lot of work for, but you end of learning so much.  I never thought I would get this much out of a science class considering Iím a business major.  Whatís nice is this class touches on topics that are in the news all the time, especially pollution. 
Now to the business part or helpful tips (There were a few things that I didnít understand at the beginning, so this will give you some insight).

1. Donít wait to the last minute, you will want to CRY.  I would recommend following the schedule that he gave you at the beginning.  I would print the lecture out on day one and get my discussion question done.  Then each day after that I would work a little on the Seminar Report.

2. Your discussion question needs to be posted by day three, post your Summary and Final Thoughts by before day seven, and send you Seminar Report to HIS EMAIL before day seven. (DONíT BE LATE AND MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RESPONSE NOTE IN YOUR INBOX THAT HE GOT THE EMAIL).

3. For the objectives, unless youíre pressed for time answer the questions instead of taking the quiz each week.  The questions are pretty easy to answer and youíre usually guaranteed an A.

4. Ask questions!!!!  The other students in the class probably donít get it either and if they do everyone is always helping each other.  Plus the professor checks online at least once a day and answers questions too.

5. Look over all the questions, especially the application before the end of the week.  Some of the applications take a lot of time and you canít always find everything online.  I had to go to the library for a few of them.  This was when I would actually learn the most.  Youíll learn a lot about the town/city you live in and itís extremely fascinating.

After looking over the syllabus and looking at these notes youíre probably thinking what I got myself into.  I was wondering the same thing that first day.  ďWow I needed two classes this summer just so I could graduate early, I didnít think it would be this much work.Ē  I will tell you the first week will be overwhelming, but after that itís all about routine.  Also at the end you feel so fulfilled for completing all the work youíre going to do.  Have fun!!!!  Donít stress out, everything will get done!!!
Sincerely,
Lindsay   

 

Welcome successors,
This course will really open your eyes to all the most current environmental issues of today. I know that I certainly learned a lot about my community that I most likely would never have been motivated enough to learn on my own. The weekly seminars may seem daunting at first but a routine is quickly established and the whole process will actually become quite enjoyable. I promise after this course you will become a more informed and responsible member of the human population.
Sean


Hi,
This class is not an easy class. It is a lot of work and time but if you plan ahead it shouldn't be overwhelmed. Don't get scared by the first weeks seminar and soon you will find yourself in a pattern. DO NOT miss a seminar because it will REALLY hurt your grade. Read everything the professor gives and enjoy the things you will learn.
Good Luck
Elizabeth

 

Welcome students to environmental science,
Let me start off by saying that this no easy course. There will be no sitting back this semester, but the knowledge that you gain will be well worth your effort. Each week you will have one seminar due that consists of objective and discussion questions, one application project, one web project and a summary. Do NOT wait to begin your assignment until the end of the week. There is simply no way that you will finish on time.
The discussion of workload aside, I would like to tell you the things that you will learn in this course really do pertain to your everyday life. Recently there has been a lot of talk about what it means to be "green", and this course will provide you with some concrete answers about what is really going on in your environment and how you affect it.
By making sure you follow the syllabus outline you should have no problem in this course and you might even learn something!
Randy  

 

Dear Environmental Science Student,
Congratulations on choosing this class as your Environmental Science class. You will not be disappointed if you love to work!!! Yes, this course is very challenging and packed full of work. It is not impossible to complete all of the assigned work on time each week as long as you use your time wisely. Do not, I repeat, do not wait until the last minute. You will NOT finish the work if you wait till the last day!! The Seminar report is easy to do if you just follow the example that is supplied. The activities are very informative and will supply you with information that you can use in your everyday life. This class will change the way you look at our environment.  So hereís a list of things to do to make sure you are successful in this class.
     1. Read the syllabus
     2. Follow the suggested timeline to finish your work
     3. Be sure to post discussions on time
     4. Have fun!!

 

Welcome Future Student! 
WARNING! Homework zone- be prepared to buy-out the Aspirin company. There is a lot of reading- so be prepared to spend a lot of time up late. To increase the time you can do it, copy EVERYTHING you even think you might want over to Word, and then form there, print it up. This will use a lot of paper, but it is worth it.
Manage your time very well, and learn to say "no", even when it is something you really want to do. I had to do that a lot, and it wasn't always easy. There were some good things, like learning how to save the earth, so that we can continue to live on it.
Good luck and best of wishes.
Katie
P.S. Always feel free to call- even when you don't think you have to.

 

Hey there,
This class might seem to overwhelm you at first, and in a way your assumptions are correct. But donít worry! The first few weeks, while being the hardest, progressively get easier over time. The main challenges at first will just be getting used to the format style. As far as the material goes, youíll definitely learn a lot and even be able to take it with you and put it into practice. Dr. Suckley goes beyond teaching the material and putting it into practical applications that you can use to improve your everyday life.
Looking back, Iíd say that being able to manage your time wisely is the essential element to success in this class, aside from being receptive to the material. Do that and itíll keep getting easier week by week until youíve mastered the format and are able to focus solely on learning. And the material never gets dull. One thing youíll be quick to notice is that environmental science covers a wide array of all the other sciences. It is definitely something thatíll be the focal point of scientific endeavors in the future.
Good luck!

Bryan

  

Hello,
Welcome to the class where you will learn a lot about environment we live in. This class is eyes opening and you will find out soon what is going on in the world and what really matters.
At the beginning I was little confused about the seminar reports but once you read the directions right it's a piece of cake. I really enjoyed this class and would recommend it to everybody. It requires lots of reading but it is very interesting and helpful to know what might save us in the future. This class should be mandatory for all students around the world.
Good luck and enjoy it!
Petra

 

Hi,
I would like to start off with saying calm down if you read the syllabus before you are reading this.  It seems like a lot of work. And don't get me wrong it is a lot of work, but with good time management you will be very successful in this class.  The longest part of the seminar for me was the discussion questions, but you can take a quiz instead, which should save time.  I never took the quizzes, so sorry I can't give you any opinion or advice on them.  After the questions/quiz and one discussion there is an application project.  These are very interesting and you will learn a lot of stuff about how you as an individual are affecting the environment and what you can do differently.  Then thereís a little internet project and your final thoughts about the seminar.  Thatís it.  Well, you have to do this every week for eight weeks, but thatís it.
Donít be afraid of the people in the discussion board either.  If you donít understand something, there is at least one other person that doesnít get it either.  Everyone is very friendly and will be willing to help you out.  At least they were in my class.  The professor will respond very quickly to any questions you post also.
The first week is going to be a little difficult.  Everyone including you will be trying to figure out exactly how to do things.  Follow the syllabus carefully and you will be alright.  I used the Sample Seminar and duplicated the format for my Seminars.  Donít forget to attach your report when you send your email.  I say this because I forgot once.  The best way to avoid this is actually send it to yourself like it says in the syllabus and make sure you can open the attachment.  This only takes 2 extra seconds and it is well worth it.  Lastly, I said it at the beginning but it worth repeating.  Time management is important in this class.  Donít wait until the end of the week to try to finish the whole seminar.  Do a little bit everyday and you will be just fine.
Good luck and enjoy!
Ryan

  

Welcome!
You are in for a treat with this class! Not only does this class allow you to learn about environmental science, it makes you think about issues pertaining to your own life, like energy usage and water consumption. The seminars that you have to do may seem like a bit much; but once you have a rhythm down you won't have an issue at all. The hardest part of the seminar and the most time consuming in my opinion is the objective questions. They can be a dozy, there are usually always multiple parts to the question, and they are not always easy to find the answer in the text. The application is the next hard part of the seminar, usually you have to do some research especially if you wait to the last minute, you may have a hard time with this. My overall opinion of the class is much different know than when I started. I thought after the first seminar that I wasn't going to be able to continue, I thought that it was much harder than it actually turned out to be!
The biggest piece of advice that I can give you is to not procrastinate! Pick Monday to do the objective questions, Wednesday for discussion, Thursday for application and piece it all together on Saturday. This way it's out of the way and you can breathe easy.

Bob

 

Welcome!
This class of course is about the environment. There is a seminar report due every week. It consists of five parts, objective questions or quiz, a discussion question, web resources, an application project, summary and final thoughts. It is very challenging to someone who doesn't know as much as we thought we knew about the environment but it is a great learning experience. By pacing yourself throughout the week you'll be fine.
There was class participation in this online course also. It was cool to interact with others to see how they perceived certain issues. You will be required to study and read at least twenty hours out of the week. Don't let that scare you. It's just the research and reading that takes a little more time than normal. All and all I recommend taking the course and getting all the information that you can. I learned a great deal of things from this course. It was very interesting and worth taking.
Good luck.
Nicole

 

Welcome, new students!
Let me start of by saying, that no matter how much work each seminar challenges you with, it will all be worth it in the end. Each week, you will be assigned a seminar on a specific topic. These seminars include multiple questions (you may take a quiz in place of these questions), a specific discussion question that will be assigned to you, an application project, web research and a conclusion. In my opinion, to save you time, the quizzes are the way to go; however I chose to do the guide questions for the simple reason that they were very interesting and taught me more than I would have learned from the quizzes.
This is the first online class I have participated in, and let me tell you, it was nothing like I was expecting. I thought that taking an online class would be easier than driving to school two or more days a week and consume less of my time. I was wrong. This class occupied about three hours of my day, six days a week. It was very time consuming, but again, the information was so interesting that I rarely noticed how long I was working on the computer. The key is time management. Some advice: do NOT wait until the last day or two to start your readings and seminar.
Overall, I loved this class. I have learned more useful information in these past eight weeks than I have learned in a full year of science courses. Not only did the seminars teach me about our environment, they taught me ways to become more active in the environment and ways I can help save and protect the environment. Like I said in the very beginning, you may not think the 15+ hours a week is worth it, but give it a chance and hopefully you will feel as rewarded as I do.
Good Luck, and Enjoy!
Courtney

  

Greetings, new students!
Get ready for an information overload! Does that scare you? Iím just kiddingÖkind of. Itís not as bad as it looks, but this course does give you a LOT of information, including things you probably didnít really want to know. Itís a very eye-opening course and you should learn a lot about yourself. The assignments hit on a broad spectrum on environmental issues and topics. Some things will be very in depth and informative. Everything you do in this course applies to you, so donít disengage!
At first I was very overwhelmed. The key to surviving this course is to spread out the work. This means youíll have to do a little bit each day. The seminars take time and research so give yourself enough time and spread it out. Youíll fizzle out if you try to do it all in one sitting. Make sure to be complete in your analysis and participate in discussion, It might surprise you to see the different views people hold on various topics.
I chose to take the quizzes in replacement of completing the discussion question; I recommend that you read the discussion questions and the lecture first. That way, when you read the text, you will know what to focus on. (Note: the lectures include small videos and useful animations and tables. These are iconic links on the lecture page, donít miss them!) What I did to prepare for the quizzes was place sticky tabs on the areas that coincided with the discussion questions. The quiz questions donít line up exactly because the quiz is randomly generated from a test bank, but it focuses you in the right direction.
Best of Luck and Enjoy!
Leslie  

 

Dear Future Student,
Hello, my name is Jessica and I am just completing the environmental science course you will soon begin, take a breath I ensure you, you can get through it too!
Whether you know little about environmental science, or a lot I guarantee this class will open your eyes and you will gain a new perspective on the world around us.

When the first weekís assignments and due dates are posted try not to panic, just keep in mind this is an 8 week course so it will be a little more fast paced than your 16 week classes. Trust me; the 8 weeks will fly by!

In this class you will learn about science, technology, and the environment, the environment and ecosystems, matter and energy, the earthís structure and solid waste, atmosphere and climate, water resources, population and food.
My suggestion would be to print out the syllabus as soon as it is posted; because this is a good resource to look back on when you get confused about due dates etc.
Next, write down the due dates in a calendar to ensure you have a schedule and that everything is done and turned in on time. Preparing yourself and coming up with a routine in the first week for the medium/hard workload may feel overwhelming, people may say they canít handle it but I promise you can!
The first week is always the toughest but with the help of your professor and your fellow classmates you will get through it just fine! Never feel that you are asking a Ďdumbí question, as long as you are open with your problems people will be able to help you.
Donít forget you can email Dr. Suckley with any problems, concerns, or questions; he is great with returning your messages in a timely fashion.

This environmental science class offers various types of learning experiences and learning activities. Through the application projects you will take a hands on approach and learn a lot more then you would just answering questions. I really enjoyed the application projects because they tended to be more personal and helped me see the personal affect I was having on the environment and provided me with appropriate changes that could be made to benefit the environment.

My words of wisdom would be to never give up, to research every seminars topic the best you can, relax and learn about the environment you live in. Knowledge is everything and this class will really open your eyes to what is going on not only in the world but in your community.
Enjoy your learning experience and be prepared to learn how you impact the environment and the environments impact on you.
Also, don't forget to recycle, it's very easy to do and very beneficial for our environment!

GOOD LUCK,
Jessica

 Dear New Students,
I am in the home stretch of being finished with Dr. Suckley's Environmental Science course, and it has been quite an experience.  It is an immense amount of work, so get ready.  The course is completely laid out, giving you the ability to map a plan for the coursework right from the start; it is in your best interest to do this.  The assignments are in depth and sometimes even more time consuming than you might first estimate, they are also completely worth it.  The laboratory assignments will open your eyes to new ideas and will help you realize big and small things you can do to add up to major changes in your impact on the environment.  You are also expected to evaluate most of these sections of work, and ultimately, they make up your weekly seminar report.  These reports make up nearly 3/4 of your final grade, learn from any points that are deducted quickly and adjust your next weekís seminar.  Use the "grade report" link in the syllabus to stay on track regarding how you are faring in this course.  The workload for this course is heavy, you are doing a semester's worth of work in just 8 weeks-It is hard but worthwhile, and if you are really looking to change your perspective and add to your current knowledge about the environment and your personal impact on it, then this is the course for you.

Words of Wisdom:
In the first week of this course, there were at least half a dozen people discussing dropping the course due to the expected workload, and more that didn't say it, but were thinking it (like me).  Every person who dropped lost out.  Success in this course is a simple matter of discipline and organization, and once you get in the habit of the work, it gets easier--don't give up!!  Create a schedule for yourself within the due dates for assignments, and stick to it.  DO NOT PROCRASINATE!!!  This course isn't just educational, it has the potential to change your life and give you the opportunity to educate those around you.
Best of Luck,
Rebecca

Dear Student;
I have successfully completed this course and want to tell you that you too can do the same.  This course was laded out very well.  It was very detailed and organized and very easy to follow.  The instructor was very supportive and answered any questions within a day.
The work load in this class was medium/high but was expected for an 8 week class.  After the second week you will get the feel for the flow of the class and understand the amount of study time you will need each week.  It is important that you put enough time away so you can truly understand the material given.  The instructor picks out some great subjects that brought out much awareness in my life and I have been able to pass the information I learned on to other people. 
 
The material is very interesting and is fun to research making this class exciting.  Just remember, make the time for it...it is not a cake walk.  It is very detailed and in depth and you want to learn the material and process it as well as apply it when you are done with the class.  
My "Words of Wisdom" to you are this; do not take for granite that this is an 8 week class..this class entails a lot of work so be prepared.  It is a whole semester crammed into a short one.  You need to take this class seriously and put at least 6 hours a week or more into it.  There is a lot of reading and research in this class.  You will have a heavy work load so make sure you are prepared.
Good luck as I know you will succeed if you put your mind to it.  This class will offer you knew insight on many subjects that will allow you to apply them in your own personal lives!
Sarah


Dear Fellow Student,
I have just finished the online class that challenged me the most here at Macomb. To say this is not to say that you need to even think about changing your mind. This class challenged me because it required me to do things in a very set way.  The one thing that was great was the textbook bundle that you get with the new textbook. So first thing if you got a used one if you can at all take it back and get the new one.  It really has great tools because there is lots of reading but the new copies come with a code so you can get your reading assignments in an oral form so you can download to your computer the text you can put it on your mp3 player. So you can listen to the reading as you drive to work or take your run. That part fit easily into my life and I was happy that I got the new book. There is no way I thought about spending that much and I always buy used but the new one was a bargain  for this class.
There is a lot of work and the different projects I did them but I fought them tooth and nail because they asked me to do certain things and I must admit I am spoiled and like doing things my way. If I had been allowed to explore and show my mastery and understanding the way I wanted but in this class I had to give in and do it the way the instructor wanted it.
There is a lot information in this class and it is all very important stuff. So make up your mind to work a lot but if you do a little everyday you will do fine. Ask you fellow studentís questions because they are in the same boat as you. Then the most important thing after you finish this course you may be able to take on to help restore and reclaim our environment. I know that is what I am thinking about now. I wish everyone had to take a class like this. So to close, just go for it the ride may be bumpy. It is a great class taught by a very knowledgeable instructor.

Kathleen

Dear Future Student:
I am just completing the environmental course you are about to Start. I need not remind you that it is an 8 week accelerated course. This is in exchange for taking a 16 week course in the classroom which would meet twice a week. Make no mistake; you will be completing the same amount of work or more.
The assignments will be covering topics such as: Science, Technology and the Environment, The Environment and Ecosystem, Matter and Energy, The earthís Structure and Solid Waste, Atmosphere and Climate, Water Resources, Population and lastly Food. These assignments will then be arraigned into what is called a Seminar Report. This will involve a set of Guide question (or optional test), a discussion question which will be posted on a discussion board, three web research projects relating to the topic for the week and ending with a summary and final thoughts about the Seminar.
Some of the keys to doing well in the class I feel are meeting the deadlines and time management. The due dates come up fast and there is a lot of reading and research involved to be done in a short amount of time, so do not put off today what you think you have time to do tomorrow.
The interaction between the application project and web research projects is meant to stimulate your thinking on the weekís topic. An example would be in chapter three about home lighting analysis, you will be amazed at how changing over to a more energy effect light bulb will not only save you money but also how you would save the environment also. You will also be asked to participle in on line discussions about the weeks topics. This is not only educational experience but gives you the change to interact with people from different backgrounds which only make the experience that much better.
The online course is short but the amount learned cannot be measured. Once you have completed the course you will not look at the world the same way. Things you have taken for granted perhaps now become precious.
In closing I would like to offer this advice, if you do not understand something ask because they say ďthe only dumb question is one not askedĒ.
Good luck and work hard,

Dave

 

Hi,
This was my second online course through Macomb and I have to say it was more challenging then my last. Make sure you read the entire Syllabus and don't make the same mistake I almost made.  In my other online class many things were different than this one and I treated them the same almost half way through the course. Also, it is an accelerated course so the workload is heavy but if you pace yourself and do a little each day it is not as bad.  It is easier said than done for those of us who also go to school work and have families but it can be done.
GOOD LUCK!

Elizabeth

 Dear Student:
I took this class as a requirement for a non-science degree.  That is to say, science is not my strong suit.  After the first week, I seriously considered dropping this class, but I have stuck with it because I needed a science credit for my degree.  I am so glad that I did.  You will learn so much about the world we live in, how we are all connected, and how we all need to do our part.

This class is a LOT of work.  Donít kid yourself, and when Dr. Suckley says ďDonít wait for the last minute,Ē he isnít kidding.  This is a true online work at your own pace, on your own class.  I have taken quite a few online classes, and this one is a good one.  You decide when and how you are going to get your assignment done and turned in on time.
There are eight seminars to complete, one for each week of class(science and technology, the environment and ecosystems, matter and energy, the earthís structure and solid waste, atmosphere and climate, water resources, population and food).  Each seminar requires a lot of reading and researching.  Make friends with Google if you havenít already.   
There are five parts to every seminar:

               1. Guide questions or take the test;
                2. Discussion question;
                3. Application;
                4. Website interaction; and
                5. Final thoughts and summary
 
If you have time, do the guide questions, if not choose to take the test, but remember the tests are hard.  The discussion question is the easiest portion.  Research your answer to a particular assigned question, and post it to the discussion board.  The application section is real life interaction that pertains to the particular seminar, and the website interaction has to do with three websites that are relevant to that particular seminar.  The final thoughts and summary are a recap of what you learned and your thoughts.
Good luck to you.  I hope you enjoy this class as much as I did.

Marie

 

Hi,
I have just completed the on-line course for Environmental Science. The first thing I would like to say is; donít give up.  This was my first on-line course and I was a bit intimidated to say the least. When I originally looked at all the work that needed to be done I thought there is no way I can complete it all.  I was even considering dropping the class.  Once I printed out the syllabus and all of the material and sorted through it and asked a few questions I felt more comfortable. I am not going to say that this science class is not a lot of work-the one thing I can say is that it is rewarding.  You will be so surprised with what you are going to learn from this class.  It has been by far the most interesting class I have taken. The class is broken down into 8 seminars that need to be completed timely each week.
 The seminars include:

 1. Objective Guide Questions-These questions are what Dr. Suckley uses to teach the class-so if you are one not to read your assignments these will pretty much force you to.

 2. Discussion Questions-You will be assigned one question a week based on your student number-you will also be posting your thoughts to everyone elseís question.

 3. Application project-These are the most interesting-You will do a lot of out side research so plan your time wisely.

 4. Web Research-This is where you research websites about your weekly seminar and break down the facts and opinions and how they relate to the Seminar.

 Dr. Suckley and your classmates will be very helpful with your questions-so donít hesitate to ask about something if you are confused. Good luck and best wishes!!
Cheryl

Dear Student:
I have finally come to this last assignment to tell you what to expect. This is an 8 week online course and that means a lot of homework in half the time of a regular 16 week course so you can go ahead and get ready for lots of reading!! What your basically going to do every week is write a paper which includes 12 guide questions (or test), one discussion question which you will post in the discussion board for your other classmates to see, an application project, web research, and a final summary of your findings which you will also post in the discussion room.  You might be overwhelmed in the beginning, but donít worry after the 2nd week it will be a lot easier and you are going to learn so much!  I enjoyed learning about the environment and how we all have an impact on it, and I hope you will too!
Good luck!

Justine

 

 

To sum the environmental science course up in a few words I would use eye opening.  This course consisted of a lot of work, but in the end it paid off.  Through out the semester there are a total of eight semesters and the final exam.  Each semesters consists of lecture questions or quiz, discussion questions, applications, web resources, and summary and final thoughts.  For each semester the student is given the choice to either complete the lecture questions which consists of questions from the required lecture and reading for that semester or a quiz which also comes from the lecture and reading.  Each week a student will be assigned his/her own discussion question to research.  The question that the student will be given will be based on what his/her student number is which is given to them at the beginning of the semester.  The applications consists of a different exercise for each week.  A few examples of applications were to find pollution amounts and population levels for the area in which the student resides in.  The web resources section of the seminar consists of browsing over three websites of the students choice and answering some common question about them.  The summary and final thoughts section of the seminar is just as it sounds.  The student will have to summarize the seminar and tell how him/her felt about it.  All of the quizzes and final exam are timed and are multiple choice.

A word of advice for this class is not to wait until the last minute.  This is an intense class which requires a lot of reading and time.  The work load isn't to bad if it is done correctly.  An easy way to accomplish the work on time is to break it down into sections.  Do a few parts of the seminar each day and by the end of the week the seminar will be done. The class consisted of a lot of information, but in the end it was all beneficial.  This class will teach a student a lot of information that they may not already know, but should know.  To me this class was a reality check.       

Sheri

 

First off, let me start by saying that if this class seems overwhelming, that's because it is. You will see a lot of other students comments that it gets easier as you get into a routine, don't believe it. I am a straight A student and I found the class to be very challenging in terms of the work load. If you work full time or have kids, you will be pressed a lot of times to get your work done on time. Having said that, I will say that this class was very informative. It makes you look at the world around you in a whole different light. You will view water conservation, energy usage, and the outdoors a little more carefully then you did in the past. You will realize that you are part of a big worldwide problem. But, you will also start to become part of a big solution! My suggestions for you for getting through this class in one piece are as follows: if you do the objective questions instead of the quizzes like I did, make that the first assignment you finish. It takes up the most time and frees up the rest of your week to do your other assignments. Second, do the application projects. Some are easy, most are time consuming. Do 3 web assignments every seminar! I missed that in the syllabus the first time and it cost me points. The last week of class will be the busiest! Not only do you have your seminar reports due, you also have to leave a letter like this one, and take your final exam. A word about the final exam. There are a total of 400 questions and from them 80 will be assigned for you to answer. Every persons final exam will be different. Good luck trying to study for it! There were a lot of questions I came across that I had never seen in the lecture notes or study questions. Your textbook is the biggest help. Read it as thoroughly as you can! It will help you at the end. Good Luck. You'll need it!! 

Darrell

 

This class is a great eye opener and you will learn a lot of use full information. Make sure that you give your self plenty of time for these seminars. Also it is good to ask a question if you don't understand something do not let it go to far with out you know what needs to be done. This class will teach you about all the types of science chemistry biology physics so it is really cool to see how they relate in the environment. Read and learn
Have FUN

Cara

 

Hello there! As a student in the Environmental Science Online class with Dr. Suckley you will have a lot to do, but will never be bored. There will be 8 seminars. For each seminar you will have to make a seminar report. The report consists of roughly 12 objective questions, you will find the answers in the text, lecture, and on the web. They are not always easy to understand or find. The second part of the report is the discussion questions, each student will have a student number and your number goes with what question you get, you answer this question for this part. Part three of the report is an application project, this will always be something original whether itís a spreadsheet you have to make or questions about the city you live in. This part is of the project is one of the hardest. Then there is the web resources part, a list of websites will be given for each seminar you use these websites to do this part, itís rather easy. Lastly is the summary and final thoughts-easy as pie. The seminar project might sound easy, but trust me itís a lot of work. It WILL take all week to complete so do not wait until the last days to do it or you will feel swamped.

For each seminar there is also a quiz that is optional, you take the quiz in place of doing the objective questions. The quizzes from my experience can be tough if you do not read all of the chapters for that seminar. There is a lot of reading to do, so be aware of that. Never get behind. The evaluation is fair, you get a certain amount of points for each part, if you do the part with enough effort you will get the points, if something was done wrong or missing something, the professor will tell you what it was and thatís why you got less points. My first impression of the course was that it was going to be very tough and that I might end up dropping it. In the end, yes the class had its hard parts, but it was a learning experience and I ended up doing well on all the seminars.

Besides the seminar project and the optional quiz, you must participate in the discussion board, pay attention to the due dates and what to do and you will be good as gold. The discussion board is also a good place to seek help if you need it. My advice to you is donít  give up do all the work and do it in a timely manner, seek help from the professor or classmates their all there to help and do it well. Good luck.

Emily

 

The assignments for this class can be a bit time consuming but if you plan out ahead it's easier..  I would plan out what I would be doing for the week so that I wasn't sitting at the computer for hours on end.  The quizzes are pretty easy if you read the chapters.  Reading the chapters throughly will help you because in the end you will need to know all of that information for the final exam.  Don't freak out if you don't understand something.  If you post in the db a classmate will be sure to help you or Dr. Suckley will.  If you need to know something right away email him.  He gets back to you right away. Some of the application projects might drive you crazy but others are really easy so it balances out.  Lastly, when you submit your seminar always send it to yourself also.  That way you know that the seminar went through.  I had submitted one a few weeks back and it ended up not attaching.  If I had emailed it to myself also, I would have noticed that I would have to resend.  Always make sure  you are sending to the evs email for seminars and not the other email for asking questions.  Good Luck!!

Heidi

 

I have just completed my online environmental science 1050 course. For the past eight weeks I have worked very hard. To give you an overview of what my past eight weeks have been like I thought Iíd tell you a little bit about them. Each week there has been a different seminar assigned. Every seminar has been based on a certain topic such as population, matter and energy, and food. The seminars supplies a lecture and assigned reading for the topic chosen. In addition, each seminar has a series of Objectives/Guide Questions or a short quiz to be completed. Furthermore, discussion Questions for the week and application projects are also part of the seminar. Discussion questions must be posted to the classroom discussion board each week and the application project will vary each week based on the topic of the seminar. Also every seminar contains web research. Web research consists of three sites you have researched that relate to the seminar topic. Lastly, there is a seminar summary and final thoughts section.
 
In order to succeed in this class you must first want to. The seminars are due each and every week. These seminars are a major and key part of your grade, so they should not be rushed through. Not completing or turning in one of these seminars late can really affect your grade. However, as long as you read the notes from the instructor and view the sample seminars you should be fine. In addition, click on every word that is highlighted, in doing so this will supply you with more information. Lastly, if you have any questions donít hesitate to post them to the discussion board. You will be amazed how many of your classmates will help you out.
 
Overall I have enjoyed the class and have learned a great deal about the environment.

Jennifer

 

In this course you will do a lot of reading, research and writing. Seminars consist of objective questions (or test), a discussion question, application (donít forget to do the summary), web resources, and Summary of the seminar and your final thoughts. If you see a word underlined, click on it, it takes you to your assignment and more information.
 
You can either take a test or research the objective question. The test is not posted on the virtual classroom for about 2 days after your week begins. So donít worry if you donít see it right away. Objection questions can be answered by reading your assigned chapter(s) or lecture. You may not have to read the whole chapter, the seminar will tell you what page to start reading on the assigned chapter(s). This is the Part 1 of your seminar.
 
Everyone has a discussion question that they will answer and post to the virtual classroom. This goes into the second part of your Seminar paper or Part 2.
 
Applications need to be read very carefully. Especially how they are to be inserted into your seminar. This is Part 3 of your Seminar report. Donít forget to do a summary of your information.
 
Web resources are very interesting. The information you find on the Internet is amazing, Web resources are easy to do as long as you find a website with a lot of information. This would Part 4 of your Seminar report. Donít forget you need three resources.
 
Part 5 is Summary and Final Thoughts. The Summary is of your whole Seminar, and Final Thoughts are your thoughts or feelings about what is in your Seminar.
 
There is Extra Credit!!! If you go to where all the Seminars are listed, at the very bottom of the page, on the right side, in very small letters you will see those magic words!!! Extra Credit. Very hard to find.
 
Evaluations. Evaluations link is where you will find your grade when it has been posted. There is a list before you get to the Seminar page. It says: Seminars, Useful Notes, Student Notes, etc. At the very bottom of this list you will find Evaluations.  After you have turned in your assignment and the teacher has sent you your grade by email, you can go to Evaluations and see your grade and grade percentages. There are numbers on the right side of the Evaluation sheet, the teacher has assigned one of those numbers two you. It is the same number you use for your discussion question.
 
For the most part this class was very interesting. I spent most of my time reading. Reading the book, lectures, and web pages. The teacher is very understanding and willing to help, even when you are frustrated !
 
If you have questions and post them to the discussion board (DB) you will get answers. You may have the same question as someone else and the only way to find the answer is to ask! If you follow these instructions above you will have an easier learning experience.
 
Susan

 

Each week your assignment is to answer objectives question or take a quiz, read the assigned materials, answer on discussion question, complete 1 or 2 application projects, do web research and submit a summary.  You will find that most of the material is interesting and a little scary.  Most people don't realize what factors contribute to our environment.  This course will open your eyes.

My suggestion to help with this course is to read over the entire week's assignment before you begin.  Some projects require contacting outside sources.  Don't wait to the last minute and discover you don't have time to do the research.  One thing I found helpful was to mark down the page numbers on my printed out assignments so I could refer back to these questions with ease. 

Good luck to everyone taking this course.  It may seem overwhelming at first, but with proper organization, you'll do fine.

Think globally, act locally!!!

Maureen

 

In eight long weeks you will feel as good as I do now!!  It was a lot of work but an interesting, effective way to learn.  The eight seminars require a lot of tedious research but, in the end, it is well worth it. 

Expect to spend 10 - 20 hours per week reading, researching, and writing.  You will learn what everone needs to know to protect our earth and its natural resources.  Start by reading the required sections then do the assignment that goes along with it - it will save time in the end.  Get your submissions in on time and be as detailed as possible with answers and opinions.  Good Luck!!

Paul

 

This class is a broad explaintion of the enviroment.  It contains helpful information to insure that people learn to live sustainably.  It includes information on fuels, animals, plants,  and the environment. 

The work load in this class is intense.  It would be advisable for anyone taking this class to be organized and to stay on top of the work.  If you get behind, catchting up would be difficult.  Overall, there is a lot to learn.  It is however information that you will use for the rest of your life.

Donna

 

My first words are hang in there!! It will be very aggravating at first, trying to get the programs to work, and figuring out what is supposed to be done. But at the end it is well worth it.
This class really shows you what is going on in our environment. I had no idea that our society could hurt it so much. It also taught me how I can improve the things I do, to help the environment.
This class also makes you think. I like it much better than going to class.  Because it forces you to actually find the answer yourself, not to just get it from your friend, or a book.  It also lets you work at your own pace, and time. Itís very convenient if youíre taking many classes and working at the same time. Just don't get frustrated! Hang in there it's a great class!  Dr. Suckley is great at working with you on your individual issues that you may have.  Heís understanding and will help you along the way.


Wishing you the best,
     Dan

 

 

 

Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010