Addresses course outcomes 2 and 3:
- use knowledge of biological principles to ask relevant questions about the natural world
- make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations
You are assigned to address nutrient pollution. Using information at least 3 sources of information (book, magazine, journal, or reputable website), each student will complete a brief 1-2 page report (single space) to submit to the Environmental Problems Conference by 11:59 P.M. by 19 March. Encyclopedias such as Wikipedia only count as one reference. Cite references where appropriate within the report. The report will include information on (1) the ecological nature of the problem, (2) possible solutions, and (3) list of references. Section (3) bibliography should include author, date, title, and sufficient source information that would allow me to look it up. Reputable websites include those created by scientific organizations or major news organizations. Avoid commercial websites that are trying to sell something or advocacy websites that promote one point of view. The report should be in your own words and not include cut & paste passages from websites. The Environmental Problems Report should be submitted directly into the conference, single spaced and not as an attachment.
Environmental Problems Discussion: During 19-23 March, each student will provide meaningful feedback on a minimum of two topics (other than assigned report topic) to the environmental problems reports by discussing the pros and cons of the solutions or suggest new solutions. Entries must be more than simple agreement/ disagreement.