ENST 320a Spring 2013 MW 2-3:20pm                                     Updated January 2013                          UNIVER...
ENST 320a Spring 2013 MW 2-3:20pm                                     Updated January 2013Blogging GuidelinesStudents will...
ENST 320a Spring 2013 MW 2-3:20pm                                      Updated January 2013Students may be given an opport...
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Water and soil sustainability

  1. 1. ENST 320a Spring 2013 MW 2-3:20pm Updated January 2013 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Environmental Studies Program Spring 2013 ENST 320a: Water and Soil Sustainability MW 2:00-3:20 pm, THH 118 4 unitsLisa E. Collins, Ph.D. Kristen C. Weiss, Ph.D.Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program Lecturer, Environmental Studies ProgramOffice: SOS B-15, Email: lecollin@usc.edu Office: SOS B-15, Email: weissk@usc.eduOffice Hours: TTH 2-3pm and by appt. Office Hours: TTH 1-2pm and by appt.Course OverviewPresents an overview of issues related to water and soil sustainability including science, policy andbusiness aspects. Recommended prerequisite courses: ENST 100.Course Texts 1. Pennington, Karrie L. and Cech, Thomas V. (2005), Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues, 457 pp., Cambridge. Referred to below as WREI. 2. Plaster, Edward J. (2009) Soil Science and Management, 495 pp., Delmar-Cengage. Referred to below as SSM.Course RequirementsRoutine attendance and active participation are an important part of each class session. For the bestlearning experience, you are expected to have read the course materials (see below) by the date it isdiscussed in class. Roll will be taken periodically in the form of thought exercises, readingassignments, and in-class questions. You are responsible for information, announcements, datechanges, and any other course material presented, regardless of your participation in the classroom.Course GradingYou will be graded on the basis of your performance on exams, posts and comments on the courseblog, and class participation (e.g., study guide discussions, Blackboard assignments, etc.). Lecturepresentations will be posted on Blackboard for download and subsequent study. Exam questions willbe drawn from course readings and material discussed in lecture, and will include both multiplechoice and essay questions. The Final Exam is partially cumulative and will include ~20% ofmaterial covered in the first two-thirds of the course; the remaining ~80% of the Final Exam willinclude only material covered after Exam 2 (i.e., the last third of the course). No make-up midtermsor final exams will be allowed without explicit permission. If for any reason a student misses anexam, they will be given a zero for that assignment.Below is a list of the graded assignments and their point value. Midterm 1 February 20 100 pts Midterm 2 April 3 100 pts Final Exam May 13 125 pts Blog Posts (6 total) Rolling 105 pts Study Guide Discussions (9 total) Rolling 27 pts Blackboard Assignments (10 total) Rolling 50 pts Total Points 507 1
  2. 2. ENST 320a Spring 2013 MW 2-3:20pm Updated January 2013Blogging GuidelinesStudents will work in groups of two; each group is required to write THREE ‘Research Journal’ blogposts. Additionally, individual students will each write THREE ‘Blog Comments’ (see below fordetailed guidelines). Our blog will allow us to continue discussions outside of lecture, as well aslearn about current environmental topics and issues relevant the course. You also can use your blogposts to explore ideas that you may wish to develop more fully for future research projects.Remember, this is a group project (two people per group); one person should not be tasked withcompleting all of the work. Work as a team and have fun with this assignment; you can only learn somuch from sitting in lecture! During the first week of class, we will discuss blog assignments,deadlines, and grading policies. ENST 320a URL: http://dornsife.usc.edu/enst-320a/water-and-soil/.Blog posts need not be written in a formal academic style (e.g., similar to a research paper), butproper spelling, grammar, and punctuation is required.Two different types of blog formats will be submitted as outlined below:1. Research Journal (25 points each × 3 = 75 points; this is a GROUP assignment): 500-600 wordblog post discussing pre-assigned course topic. Each blog entry must be in your own words and mustinclude the following components: title, hypothesis/argument (take a position), citations and imagecredits (if appropriate), at least one outside web link (i.e. URL), and at least one or more keywords(i.e., tags).2. Blog Comment (10 points each × 3 = 30 points; this is an INDIVIDUAL assignment): Select a blogpost by one of your classmates (different from your own topic) and write a 100-200 word response.What other perspectives on this topic can you offer? How does your position differ from that of yourclassmates? If you include images, multimedia, or material that is not your own, please cite yoursource. Blog comments must be posted before the last day of classes (May 3, 2012) in order to begraded. Comments posted after May 3 will not be given credit for the assignment.Statement for Students with DisabilitiesAny student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register withDisability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approvedaccommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me as early inthe semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 (call 213-740-0776 or visithttp://scampus.usc.edu/disability-services/ for more information).Statement on Academic IntegrityUSC seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honestyinclude the concept of respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individualwork will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protectone’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’sown. The instructor maintains a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism and cheating. Any instancesof plagiarism or cheating will be reported to Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards andwill result in failure of the course as recommended by the University of Southern California. Allstudents are expected to make themselves aware of and abide by the university community’sstandards of behavior as articulated in SCampus (http://web-app.usc.edu/scampus/), the StudentGuidebook, which contains the University Student Conduct Code. Students will be referred to theOffice of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review, should there be anysuspicion of academic dishonesty. The Review process can be found at: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/SJACS/Statement on Religious Observation AccommodationsUSC policy grants students excused absences from class for observance of religious activities. 2
  3. 3. ENST 320a Spring 2013 MW 2-3:20pm Updated January 2013Students may be given an opportunity to make up work missed because of religious observance. I amresponsive to requests for an excused absence when made in advance. Please note that this appliesonly to religious activities that necessitate a student’s absence from class and/or a conflict with aspecific aspect of the course.Course ScheduleFor the best learning experience, you are expected to have read assigned material by the date it isdiscussed in class. Chapter and article readings will be posted online. The readings and schedule oftopics may be adjusted throughout the semester depending on the progress of the class.Date Topic ReadingsJan 14 Sustainability (definition, history, theory) & Wicked Problems WREI Ch. 1, SSM CH. 1, (JH) HandoutJan 16 Water as a Chemical (JH) WREI: Ch. 4Jan 21 MLK day *NO CLASS*Jan 23 Researching Academic Resources for Blogging 1 (LC & KW) HandoutsJan 28 Researching Academic Resources for Blogging 2 (Students)Jan 30 Student Presentations of Blog Research (Students)Feb 4 Microbiology 101 (DG) SSM: Ch. 5Feb 6 Microbiology 102 (DG) SSM: Ch. 6Feb 11 Watersheds, Water Supply (LC) WREI: Ch. 5Feb 13 Hydrosphere, Hydrologic Cycle (KW) WREI: Ch. 3Feb 18 Presidents day *NO CLASS*Feb 20 MIDTERM 1Feb 25 Ocean Cycling (acidification, case studies, calculations) (LC) WREI: Ch. 9, HandoutFeb 27 Soil Science & Applications (LC) SSM: Ch. 2, 4Mar 4 Water Dynamics of Surface & Subsurface Waters (LC) WREI: Ch. 6, SSM Ch. 7Mar 6 Water Usage, Treatment, Quality & Pollution Sources 1 (LC) WREI: Ch. 11, 12Mar 11 Water Usage, Treatment, Quality & Pollution Sources 2 (LC) SSM: Ch. 8Mar 13 Water Quality Standards/ Microbial Sources (LC) SSM: Ch. 9Mar 18-22 SPRING BREAK NO CLASSMar 25 Environmental Risk (KW) HandoutMar 27 Federal and State Regulations (KW) WREI: Ch. 13; SSM Ch. 20Apr 1 Agriculture & Food Security (KW) SSM: Ch. 18, 19Apr 3 MIDTERM 2Apr 8 Case Study India “Bitter Seeds” (LC)Apr 10 Aquaculture/ Fisheries (KW) HandoutApr 15 Coastal Management & Coastal Marine Resources (KW) HandoutApr 17 The Nitrogen Cycle & Carbon Cycle (LC) SSM Ch. 12Apr 22 Adaptive Water Management (KW) WREI: Ch. 14, HandoutApr 24 Agribusiness & the Future (KW) HandoutApr 29 Climate Change and Water (LC) HandoutMay 1 Final Review/ Lecture Catch-upMay 13 FINAL 2-4PM 3