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BIO 1000 The Global Environment Spring 2011

Course Syllabus
Course Description: A study of the human relationship with, and responsibility for, the health and wellbeing of our earth. Ecology, the branch of science investigating the relationships of an organism (man) with its environment (earth) is the emphasis of this course. Major considerations are given to the use and misuse of the earth's energy and material resources, the consequences of and alternatives to human actions, and the individual physical costs plus collective social costs.
Text: Kaufmann and Cleveland. 2008. Environmental Science, 1st ed. The McGraw-Hill Companies.
It is suggested you bring your Text with you to each class session. You are also required to read the chapters listed on the schedule before class, I will also remind you in class what I specifically want you to read from the text.
Meeting Times: Section 02 MWF at 11-11:50 am in A213

Section 04 MWF at 9-9:50 am in A213
Instructor: Keith King

Office D-316

Ph. 815-224-0201


Office Hours : Mon 12-12 :50, Tue 9-9 :50 and 12-2 :50, Wed 1-1 :50, and Fri 12-1 :30.

Lab Duty Hours(Bio Lab A101) : Mon 1-1 :50, Tue 11-11 :50, Wed 12-12 :50.
Important Notes Related To This Course:
A. Testing: There will be four lecture tests during the semester. In general, lecture tests will not be comprehensive in nature, but will focus on material covered in class, and the text.

B. Make-up Policy: If you miss a scheduled lecture test, you MUST notify me as soon as possible. If you have an acceptable excuse for missing a lecture test, you will have THREE SCHOOL DAYS to make an appointment to take a make-up test. In most cases, make-up tests will be essay exams for lecture tests. PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR CLASS, BEING LATE COULD COST YOU POINTS!

C. Quizzes: Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes may or may not

be made up at the discretion of the instructor. Quizzes may also be posted on Blackboard.

D. Late Assignments: Assignments will be given throughout the semester. Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of one (1) point per school day.

E. Academic Dishonesty/ Student Code of Conduct: Any student caught cheating during a lecture test, lab practical, quiz or any other evaluation will receive a failing grade for that evaluation. The point score for the evaluation will be left to the discretion of the instructor.

Violations of the IVCC Student Code of Conduct may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including withdrawal from the course (see IVCC catalog and Student Handbook). THIS INCLUDES BEING RESPECTFUL TO MYSELF AND OTHERS IN CLASS.

F. No headphones are allowed in class. Please turn all cell phones/iPods/iPads OFF!
G. No food, drink, (except bottled water) or tobacco is allowed in the lecture classroom. You are discouraged from bringing children to class.
H. Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken during all class sessions. Prior to the “Last Day for Student Withdrawal” (Wednesday April 13th), students may be withdrawn from the course by the instructor after accumulating five unexcused absences. An excused absence requires documentation, i.e. a doctor’s note. You may lose participation points by not attending or showing up late to class. See Section K.
If you are going to miss class, please e-mail me at, or call my office at 815-224-0201.

In case of inclement weather or emergency:  If you feel there is a possibility the college may cancel classes due to weather, you can tune in to WLPO 1220 AM, check the college web site (, or call the college switchboard (815-220-4822). 

I. Safety: Please be aware of the location of all exits in your classroom and the laboratory, and know where you should proceed if a fire, intruder or tornado alarm sounds during classEmergency procedures should be posted near the doorway of each classroom.  In case of any emergency, you can dial 911 from any campus phone.

J. Methods of Evaluation: The final letter grade earned for this course will be based mainly on the total number of points accumulated from lecture tests, assignments, participation points, and quizzes. The following grading scale will be used as a guide in assigning final letter grades:

A: 90%-100%

B: 80%-89%

C: 70%-79%

D: 60%-69%

F: below 60%

K. Test/Quiz/Assignment Scores: Each lecture test will usually be evaluated on a 100 point scale.
Quizzes will usually be evaluated on a 5-10 point scale.
All assignments/group projects will be given a specific point value. There will be at least two group projects throughout the semester.
Participation points will be earned by attending class, arriving on time, and participating in class discussions. A total of 100 participation points is yours to earn.

Participation points will be lost by not attending class regularly, arriving late, and not participating in class work. I am allowing everyone two “strikes” when it comes to tardiness and unexcused absences. After that you will lose points.

Please let me know when you have questions about your grade!

L. Blackboard: We will be using blackboard this semester. There is a link to blackboard in several places on the IVCC website. Blackboard will be used for posting announcements, assignments (including lab assignments), lecture powerpoints, lecture audio, web links, and your grades.

There is help available for blackboard users at the student help desk in the learning commons and online at the student help desk web-site. I am also happy to help and assist you with blackboard.
M. You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability. If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (, 224-0284) or Judy Mika or 224-0350) or stop by office B-204.

In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning. Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or assessments. The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning. They include, but are not limited to: Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success. Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices.

Please Note: I am very eager to assist you in fulfilling the requirements of this course. Please do not hesitate to ask me for assistance with any question or problem you may have!

Illinois Valley Community College

The Early Alert System helps to promote your academic success through the development of a comprehensive process to identify, assist, and follow-up with you as challenges to successfully complete a course may arise. The process consists of the identification of such challenges by faculty referral, self-report, and/or GPA.

Once identified, you will meet with a counselor to assess areas of difficulty and develop a Success Agreement. The Agreement will outline a very specific and individualized plan for you to employ to work toward academic improvement.
Students participating in this program will be encouraged to meet more frequently with their counselor to review progress so any new or continuing difficulties can be addressed, and successes can be recognized. Students will continue in the program until satisfactory improvements are achieved.

Bio 1000 Schedule-This schedule is subject to change.
Jan 14th Introduction to the course
Jan 17th No Class, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan19th-Jan 21st Chapter 1: An Introduction to Environmental Science
Jan 24th-28th Chapter 2: The Laws of Energy and Matter/Chapter 3: Systems

Jan 27th Last day for refund

Jan 31st-Feb 4th Chapter 4: Physical Systems of Earth

Chapter 5: Flow of Energy in Bio Systems

Feb 7th-Feb 11th Chapter 6: The Flow of Matter in the Environment

Lecture Test 1, Friday Feb 11th/Assigning of First Group Project: Biomes

Feb 14th-Feb 18th Chapter 8: Succession

Chapter 9 Carrying Capacity

Feb 22nd-25th Feb 21st No Class, President’s Day

Chapter 10: Ecological Economy

Chapter 11 Environmental Change
Feb 28th-March 4th Chapter 12 Biodiversity

Presentation of Groups Projects

March 7th-11th Lecture Test 2, Wednesday March 9th

Chapter 13 Climate Change

March 14th-18th Watch the Film an Inconvenient Truth

No Class on Fri 18th, Faculty Development
March 21st-25th No Classes, Spring Break
March 28th-April 1st Chapter 14 Ozone

April 4th-8th Chapter 18 Water

Chapter 19 Air Pollution
April 11th-15th Last Day to Withdraw: Wed April 13th

Test #3 Mon April 11th/Assign Second Group Project: Renewable Energies

April 18th-22nd Chapter 15 Soil

Chapter 16 Agriculture

Chapter 17 Forests
April 25th-29th Chapter 20 Fossil Fuels

Chapter 21 Nuclear Power

May 2nd-6th Chapter 22 Renewable Energy/Chapter 23 Materials

2nd Group Project Presentations

May 9th-13th Review/Test #4 Fri May 13th

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