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ENVIR

SC
1C03
ENVIR SC
Climate, Water, and
Climate, Water, and
Environment
Environment

1C03

Introduction to Course; Principles of


Sustainability

Outline
1. What is Sustainability?
2. The Principles of Sustainability
3. The Global Environmental Picture
4. Course Organization

Key Concepts
Sustainability
Principles of Sustainability
Impacts of Humanity on the Environment
The Global Environmental Picture

What is Sustainability?

Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability

Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability

Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability


Can you
think of a
current
situation
where we are
not following
this
principle?

Human Impacts on Sustainability

Society fails to care


for the environment
and sustain it
Population
increases beyond
carrying capacity
The example of Easter Island

The Global Environmental Picture

How To Prevent a Global Decline?

How To Prevent a Global Decline?

How To Prevent a Global Decline?

How To Prevent a Global Decline?

Your Instructor
Instructor: Luc Bernier
berniejm@mcmaster.ca
GSB-202
Teaching Assistant:
Matthew Brown
brownmj3@mcmaster.ca
Office hours: TBA

Your Instructor

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Avenue to Learn: A Quick Tour

Avenue to Learn: E-Learning Modules

Avenue to Learn: ECHO360

Avenue to Learn: Quizzes

Avenue to Learn: Discussion

Avenue to Learn: News and Updates

Avenue to Learn: Stay Updated

What do you need to buy for this course?


Textbook: Envir Sc 1C03
Climate, Water, and
Environment Custom
Publication (ISBN
9780199021604)
Available at the Campus
Store

How will you be evaluated?


Assignments

30% final mark


4 assignments, 7.5% each

A2L quizzes

20% of final mark


Best 4 out of 5; 5% each

i-Clicker Participation

10% final mark


Participation recorded starting Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

Final Exam

40% final mark


Wednesday August 3, 2016, during lecture period

What is involved in an Assignment?


Series of questions to answer, as well as
discussions about real-world applications
Introduced during tutorial, at the end of lecture
period (check schedule)
You have one week to complete the assignment
Report completed and submitted by the end of
the week

What are the Assignments About?


Assignment: Global Radiation Budgets
Assignment 2: Environmental Lapse Rates
Assignment 3: Acidification
Assignment 4: Water Balance

A2LHow
Quizzes
are

the quizzes organized?

Every week (schedule posted on A2L)


Covers the material from the week that just
finished
Format:

Available 7 days
Once attempt started, 30 minutes to complete
Randomized questions; best out of 3 attempts
20 MC questions, based on lecture, E-Learning modules
and textbook content

MSAF will not be accepted for missed quizzes

How to Do Well on the Quizzes?


Before taking your first attempt, review your
lecture notes for the material covered
AND read the relevant parts of the textbook
Complete your first attempt as early as possible
Review your notes/textbook again
Complete your remaining attempts
DONT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO THE
QUIZZES

How is the Final Exam Organized?

Short answer questions


Definitions
Calculation questions
Covers entire course (including labs)
More details about the exact coverage
will be provided near the end of Term

What is the Course About?


Series of Topics:

How are the Lectures Organized?


Outline with topics
List of Key concepts useful for studying
(Often a few important reminders at the start)
Lectures organized around a series of questions and case
studies
Practical examples worked during Lecture
i-Clicker participation; you (the student) are also encouraged
to ask questions
Lectures slides posted on A2L; listen to E-Learning modules
before
TO DO LIST!!

i-Clicker Participation

Lecturing Style and Visuals

Logistics: Course Outline


Course Materials and Lectures
Evaluations and Assignments
Active Participation with i-Clickers
Attendance and Emails Policy
Course Contract
A2L, Missed Work, Special Accommodations, MSAF
Late work, Quiz Issues
A2L Grades and Mark Appeals
Academic Dishonesty Statements from Faculty of
Science
Student Conduct
Acknowledgement of Course Policies
Schedule of Activities

Logistics: Course Contract


You are required to read and understand the Student
Responsibility Contract included in this outline.
You must agree to the Course Policies and demonstrate
an understanding of what constitutes Academic
Dishonesty by completing the Academic Integrity and
Responsibility (AIR) Quiz.
You are required to complete the AIR Quiz on Avenue and
score a grade of greater or equal to 90% by Monday, July
4th, 2016 at 4:30pm.
You will receive a 25% penalty on Assignment 1 if the AIR
Quiz has not been completed successfully by the
deadline.

When Sending an Email


Always make sure to include the following:
Your Full Name
Your Student ID number
Which course you are contacting me about
If you have a question, please make sure first that
you:
Read the course outline
Read the FAQ
Read the assignments, and the Tutorial Slides
Looked at the posts and news on A2L
Listened to the reminders during Lecture

Good luck this term!