EVS141 - Environmental Science

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Subject Title
Environmental Science

Subject Description
This course is an introduction to  the environmental impacts associated with environmental or civil engineering technology works, and the role of the technician in predicting or identifying those impacts; students will also be introduced to methods, techniques or approaches that may minimize environmental impacts. In addition, students will be introduced to environmental sustainability and sustainable design/systems to enhance responsible global citizenship.
This is a hybrid course with content delivered both online and in-class.

Credit Status
One subject credit in Civil Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Technician and Environmental Technology programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain using scientific terms the causes and implications of key environmental challenges which includes climate change, air pollution, agriculture, oceans and fisheries, energy and waste management;

2. Describe the nature and importance of environmental sustainability and resilience as it relates to both the built environment and the natural environment;

3. Describe how traditional methods of design, construction and operation have impacted on the natural environment;

4. Describe the integrated approach to solving environmental problems and the role of the engineering technologist in promoting environmental sustainability, in both urban and rural settings;

5. Identify the contribution and changing processes in design, construction and operation of municipal infrastructure such as District Energy Systems, Water Conservation and Low Impact Design; 6. Propose and evaluate how an individual citizen, can contribute positively to the environmental sustainability of his/her community (urban and/or rural).

7. Explain using scientific terms the key perspectives of socio-cultural/ethical, economic, political and demographic drivers that contribute to environmental degradation;

8. Utilize basic terminologies and concepts applicable to environmental science.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.