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COURSE NUMBER: SUST100
COURSE TITLE:Principles of Sustainability
DIVISION:Technology
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:45
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:135
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Principles of Sustainability will cover the major issues and solutions that are associated with sustainability; including agriculture conservation, waste management, construction, energy, and water. The course will also cover emerging trends, developments, and innovations related to sustainability.

PREREQUISITES:

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Principles of Sustainability is a basic course that introduces students to plant science. The goals of this course are twofold:
Biological Principles:
  • Know the major threats to diversity and their various causes.
  • Understand physics and science of climate change.
  • Understand the interconnectedness between populations and natural resources.
  • Have an awareness of the major sustainability issues facing society, e.g. waste disposal or greenhouse gases
  • Understand the concept of environmental services and why they are important.
Personal and Societal Concepts:
  • Understand how politics and science can conflict with regards to environmental issues.
  • Know why sustainability is needed to preserve way of life into the future.
  • Understand how our way of living today impacts the future.
  • Know how to prevent and address pollution and environmental degradation.
  • Understand environmental and social justice.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Unit One: Introduction and Context
  1. Chapter 1 What is Sustainability
  2. Chapter 2 A History of Sustainability
  3. Chapter 3 The Biosphere
  4. Chapter 4 The Human Sphere
Unit Two: Issues and Solutions
  1. Chapter 5 Climate
  2. Chapter 6 Water
  3. Chapter 7 Ecosystems and Habitat
  4. Chapter 8 Pollution
  5. Chapter 9 Energy
  6. Chapter 10 Green Buildings and Sites
  7. Chapter 11 Livable Cities
  8. Chapter 12 Food
  9. Chapter 13 Products
  10. Chapter 14 Waste and Recycling
Unit Three: Becoming an Agent of Change (if time allows)
  1. Chapter 15 Working in an Organization
  2. Chapter 16 Education
  3. Chapter 17 Working as Agents of Change

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Sustainability Principles and Practice, by Margaret Roberson. Published by Routledge, 2nd Edition 2019. ISBN: 978-1-138-65021-3

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
Lecture Exams
Discussion and Quiz
Final Exam
Homework
300
100
100
150

Grade Scale:
A- 90%-100%
B- 80%-89%
C- 70%-79%
D- 60%-69%%
F- > 60%

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2019

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