BI-505: Current Environmental Issues

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-505 Current Environmental Issues

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1

Credits: 1

Course Description in college catalog:

A survey of environmental problems as they pertain to both ecological stability and human health. Focus is on current areas of concern, including air and water pollution, infectious and chronic diseases, environmental, social and behavioral factors related to health. Course content will include seminars, field trips and online assignments. Other topics will include educational and career opportunities in these fields. This is a partially online (PNET) class which requires computer/ internet proficiency and online participation in activities such as Discussion Board.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science (advised major elective)

A.S. Degree in Public Health

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Read and understand the professional and scholarly literature in their field of interest and apply these skills to communicate effectively through reading, writing and listening.

2. Develop an in-depth awareness of current trends in the fields of Environmental Health/Science and Public Health.

3. Develop an awareness for current career options and educational goals compatible withtheir field of interest.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Participation during online assignments and discussions on Discussion board: 40%

Participation in seminars and brief report (1-2 pages/seminar): 40%

Field trip and a brief report (1-2 pages): 20%

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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