NAT260 - Environmental Science

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Subject Title
Environmental Science

Subject Description
Ecology is the study of how the living and non-living things in nature relate to one another. This introductory course in environmental science will examine the relationships and principles that serve as the foundation of modern ecology. The approach will be human-centered, examining environmental problems from a broad perspective ? economic, social, political, and ethical. Canadian environmental issues will be highlighted.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.  Students who are required to take EVS141 as part of their program, are not permitted to take NAT260 for credit.

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

1.   List the steps in the scientific method to describe their usefulness in discovering things about the natural world.
2.   Contrast demographic issues in developed versus developing countries to recognize that both overpopulation and overconsumption contribute to environmental damage.
3.   Explain  the production and use of different forms of nonrenewable and renewable energy to see how environmental impacts vary depending on the enery source.
4.   Describer various aspects of air pollution to differentiate among the environmental problems of acid deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion and global climate change.
5.   Identify cases of environmental degradation and natural resource depletion to recognize human activities that contribute to these problems and how they can be mitigated.
6.   Examine current issues in conservation biology to identify reasons for the loss of biodiversity on the planet.

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.

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: 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 to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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.