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"A study of the human relationships with and responsibility for the health and well-being of our Earth."

INSTRUCTOR:          Eric Schroeder

OFFICE #:                  B 323

PHONE:                      224-0597  if no answer, please leave message through Voice Mail.  

Cell:                             815-252-9150, feel free to call or text (Text is best way to get quicker response)

EMAIL:                      eric_schroeder@ivcc.edu , this is the only email available. Please put your name on the Email you send.

COURSE INFO:         Blackboard provides all class outlines, instructions, study guides, test scores, project info, homework handouts, and schedules.  If you have a question about when something is due or need a copy of a handout, please check Blackboard. If you miss a class please check Blackboard; do not interrupt class by asking the instructor to review missed material. YOU are responsible for keeping updated and doing well. To access Blackboard type blackboard.ivcc.edu, no need for www.  Your username and password are as follows:

USERNAME:  Students first 3 letters of their last name followed by the last 4 numbers of their Social Security number.

PASSWORD:  First 3 digits of the students Social Security number.

Example:  Name: John Smith  Social Security #: 123-45-6789

                                                Username: smi6789

                                                Password:  123


OFFICE HOURS:      Monday: 7:00-8:00AM, 9:00-10:00AM,

                        Tuesday:  9:15-10:00 AM, 11:00AM-12:00PM,        

                        Wednesday:  7:00-8:00AM, 9:00-10:00AM

                        Thursday: 9:15-10:00AM

                        Friday: 9:00-10:00AM


I will be available during the posted office hours.  Students are ENCOURAGED to use this time for any questions or concerns about the course.  If for any reason you need to consult with me outside of the posted hours, an appointment can be scheduled in advance. 


MEETING TIME:      Online



TEXTBOOK:             Environmental Science, Kaufmann and Cleveland, 1st. ed. McGraw-Hill.





ATTENDANCE POLICY:     Students are expected to participate in class.    Attendance is directly related to a students corresponding grade.  If you are not able to participate in class, please have the courtesy to contact the instructor either in person, by phone, or email.  Blackboard has a schedule each student should review.  Excessive missed assignments, 3 or more, without notifying the instructor can constitute a withdrawal or a failing grade for the course. 


WITHDRAWAL:       I can withdraw a student from the course at your request or at my discretion.  I may, not will, withdraw a student for 3 missed assignments or disruptive online class behavior   WITHDRAWAL DATE: Tuesday, Nov 9th 2010.

NOTE:      If a student has taken the first exam, I will drop the student ONLY if you request it. Attending the first day of class constitutes enrollment, if on the official enrollment sheet.  If a student attends the first day but does not attend after that, it is their responsibility to drop the course.  Failure to request a drop or complete the course will result in a grade of “F.”


INTEGRITY:             Any student caught cheating on an exam, quiz, or assignment will automatically receive a “0” for that work.  The student is also subject to further disciplinary action according to the IVCC “Student Code of Conduct.”  You are encouraged to discuss class projects and homework assignments with other students; however, all assignments must be your original work and in your own words.


LATE POLICY:         Completed assignments will be turned in through Blackboard, unless specified otherwise. Late assignments will receive a 0% .

** A student must notify the instructor BEFORE an exam if they cannot take it on the scheduled date.  Only an EXCUSED absence that is discussed before the exam date will allow a student to make up an exam.  A student who skips an exam will be required to retake that exam at IVCC, it will be given orally.



                                                EXAMS – 4                                         55%

                                                ASSIGNMENTS – 10                         20%

                                                QUIZZES – 2-3                                  5%

                                                CURRENT EVENTS                         10%

                                                PROJECT/LET’s CHAT                   10%

Assessments may be altered during any time throughout the semester. *


EXAMS:                      Exams will cover the material in the text and notes.  The exams will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and critical thinking.  A study guide might be provided and should be used to prepare for the exam.  All exams will be timed, further instructions will be announced before each exam is posted.



ASSIGNMENTS:        Homework assignment will cover various topics and should be submitted as indicated on the course schedule.  All homework must be TYPED, no exceptions!!


PARTICIPATION:      The more you participate in the online course, the more you will learn.



EVENTS:                    Every student will be responsible to present a current event about any topic that can be classified under this course or a topic that is just so important that everyone should know about it. Examples: War in Afghanistan, Terrorism, Drug war in Mexico, Economy (national and state), natural disasters (Haiti earthquake), etc…  The source can be from newspapers, magazines, journals, or from the Internet. The student will summarize the writing in ONE typed page (not half or three-fourths) and present it to the class through the discussion board.  The student should critique the article, make assumptions, and give their personal point of view. Do not just summarize the article.  Students will perform 4 current events throughout the semester. Please use the following outline:

1.      Topic

2.      Source and Date

3.      Stakeholders (people involved or affected by the topic)

4.      Summary (one paragraph, stick to the main point)

5.      Resolution (why did you pick this topic, any ideas to overcome the problem, why should we care, etc…)

 Due Dates are as follows:

                                    Current Event #1: Wed, Sept. 1st.

                                    Current Event #2: Wed, Sept 22nd

                                    Current Event #3:Wed, Oct 20th.

                                    Current Event #4: Wed, Nov 10th.



QUIZZES:                  There will be 2-3 short quizzes given throughout the semester.  The quizzes will be announced and will cover material from the course book.



                                                A                     100-90%

                                                B                      89-80%

                                                C                     79-70%

                                                D                     69-60%

                                                F                      >59%


ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE:  If you are a student with a cognitive, physical or psychiatric disability you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on tape, note taking services, etc...If you are interested in learning whether you qualify for academic support services, please contact the Special Populations Office at either by phone at: 224-0284, 224-0350, by email at: tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, or jim_prendergast@ivcc.edu, or by  stopping by office B-204.



Ø    College is not a spectator sport

Ø    Attend class

Ø    Take notes

Ø    Read the assigned chapters prior to class

Ø    Complete the study guide

Ø    Don’t be afraid, ASK QUESTIONS!!


Expected Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

Several topics to be covered in this course are the following:
1. Environmental Economics, Politics, and Worldviews
2. The Human Population: Size and Distribution
3. Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability
4. Climate Change, Ozone Depletion, and Air Pollution
5. Solid and Hazardous Waste
6. Water Resources and Water Pollution