Global Change - Human Impacts
Course URL: http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/
In this second semester of a three semester sequence students study the recent, explosive growth of the human population, and the impacts on land, air, and water resources and on biological diversity produced by human advances in technology and institutions. The course concludes by considering the political and policy considerations relevant to the transition to a more sustainable future. Hands-on simulations with Geographic Information Systems (ArcView) are used to investigate the spatial impacts of these activities.
This team taught course, offered in the Winter term of 2004 at the University of Michigan, has no prerequisites, but there are two other courses in this sequence (see below). It is a cooperative effort of several different departments (see below). The class includes 3 1-hour lecture sessions and 1 2-hour lab session per week.
- UM School of Natural Resources and Environment;
- UM Space Physics Research Laboratory;
- UM Department of Geological Sciences;
- UM Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology;
- UM Environmental Studies Program;
- UM Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (more info) ;
- UM Anthropology
There is no textbook required for this class but this page lists web resources that will be used over the course of the term. – http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange_links/links.htm
The course web site contains:
All students are expected to participate in evaluation activities, which will occur throughout the term and can be accessed from the web page. These consist of short, weekly questionnaires and 2 term assessments.
The class uses a point system for determining final grades:
- Midterms: 200 points
- Final: 150 points
- Lab/Discussion Sessions: 15 points each
- Take-home assignments: 25 points each
- Term Project: 150 points
- Term Web Assessments: 10 points
- Total: 700 points