Introduction to Environmental Studies-Land


I. Goals of the Program:

The students and faculty will work individually and collaboratively, through a program of reading, problem solving, discussion sessions, workshops, lectures, and field and laboratory studies, to achieve the basic goals of this program:

To gain understanding of the scientific principles and concepts of introductory geology, botany, biology, quantitative methods, political economy, reading, writing, speaking, and other related subjects; and to develop problem solving skills, in the class, field, and laboratory as required

II. Faculty Expectations of Students:

A. Come on time to all program meetings, with any assigned readings, problem sets or written work completed.

B. Participate fully in group activities, including workshops, labs, and field studies.

C. Inform faculty promptly of difficulties, confusions, problems, etc. with any aspect of the program.

D. Write a detailed self-evaluation that reflects achievement in the program at the end of the program.

E. Write an evaluation of each faculty member (separately) and deliver them to the faculty member or to the program secretary by the time of the evaluation conference at the end of the quarter.

III. Requirements for Award of Credit:

A. Each student who regularly attends and participates in lectures, labs, field studies, and other scheduled activities, who completes the assigned written work, who completes and does adequately on the exams, and who turns in a self-evaluation, all with acceptable content and quality, can expect to receive full credit.

B. Any student whose work appears not to be meeting standards for credit will be so informed by his faculty seminar-leader in writing by the end of the fifth or sixth week of the quarter with suggestions for improvement. Students who do not receive a written mid-quarter warning may nevertheless be denied credit based on unsatisfactory performance after the fifth week.

C. Any student who plagiarizes material through failure to attribute and acknowledge sources or through failure to acknowledge joint authorship, or who cheats on quizzes or exams is liable to lose all credit for the quarter.

IV. Commitments of the Faculty to the Students:

A. Prepare for and guide learning from discussions of the texts and seminar books, from the laboratory and field studies, from group and individual projects and from other assignments.

B. Oversee the program reader's review of students' written work so it is read, commented upon, and returned in a timely manner.

C. Respond to students' questions and concerns about the material, pace, and/or organization of the program.

D. Be available at least one hour a week ("office hours") for individual student concerns.

E. Keep students informed about their progress and notify each student by the end of the fifth or sixth week of the quarter if his/her work is not satisfactory.

F. Provide for a written evaluation of each student's work at the end of each quarter following the guidelines of section 7.620 in the Faculty Handbook.

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made by J. Stroh; Aug 8 1996