Urban Environmental Issues
Syed E. Hasan
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Class project on issues realted to use of pharmaceuticals and personal care projects (PPCPs) culminating in preparation of a persuasive letter to state legislators to consider regulating the toxic PPCPs in the wastestream
Undergradautecourse in ewnvironmental science/studies for majors and non-majors Integrates geophysics into a core course in geology Designed for an introductory geology course
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
General understanding of the Earth and its system: atmosphere, bioshphere, hydrosphre, lithospshre, and anthroposphere; hazardous earth processes, resource, enegry and waste issues.
How the activity is situated in the course
Semester long term project.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Awareness of the new waste product, its impact on the environment, and problems associated with lack of regulations for propoer management of PPCPs. Using Internet resources and working in teams to accomplish proeject goal.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Evalaution of available information and its source (for accuracy); ability to synthesize a large volume fo information into a simple, easy-to-understand format for convincing lay persons about the need for regulating PPCPs.
Other skills goals for this activity
Persuasive wriitng and PowerPoint presenttaion to class by each team
Description of the activity/assignment
Studnestw ere introduced to the topic through two lectures and were provided deatils of the task. The class was organized into teams of six. Each team was asked to select a coordinator and vice corodintaor to keep a record (log sheeet) of the tasks assigned to each memebr of the team and ist outcome. They were also responsible for maintaining effective communication with all team memebrs. Log sheet was required to bu turned in with the project report for the purpose of evalaution of effort expended by individuals in the team to assign appropriate grades. Uses geophysics to solve problems in other fields
Determining whether students have met the goals
Written project report, PowerPoint presentation; persuasive letetr by each team member
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