I taught graduate-level students this 12-week course, which covered the following topics:
· Basic concepts of environmental chemistry, geology, and hydrology, including how these concepts govern the origin, fate, and transport of contaminants in different environmental systems;
· Evaluating, analyzing, and characterizing the relationships between human activities and the environment.
· Ecosystems resources and the associated interactions within each system and between systems;
· Sources and types of wastes and pollutants;
· Global climate change;
· Evaluating sustainability and preventing pollution, and remediating and restoring degraded environments;
· Environmental and health risks of pollution, and their assessment;
· Assessing, integrating, and applying information from multiple disciplines to managing environmental problems; and
· Understanding and learning to appreciate some of the major federal environmental laws and regulations, and policies and actions in practice.
Another goal for this course was to help prepare these students for more advanced courses in UMGC's Graduate Environmental Management Program, and for careers, or their advancement, in the environmental profession. This course emphasized writing and analytical skills. I also worked within UMGC’s D2L Learning Management System (LMS), responded to my students' questions within 24 hours, conducted weekly Office Hours, and prepared additional guidance materials to be used in preparation for course quizzes, exams, homework assignments, and group projects. I posted all grades for my students within D2L and other UMGC-required databases. On a final note, I attended all degree, and departmental faculty meetings, and trainings.