Wetland Environments
Course Requirements

  1. Two, online, take-home examinations. Each exam covers lecture and lab materials for about half of the semester. Each exam is worth 25% of total grade. At the graduate level, exams are graded more stringently and include extra questions.

  2. Lab exercises that involve various aspects of wetland hydrology, soils, biology or human use. Some lab materials are supplied as pdf files that students should obtain via FTP. Each exercise is due one week after introduction on the course schedule; all are due by April 8th. Labs are worth 20% of total grade.

  3. Field trip to Cheyenne Bottoms and vicinity in central Kansas. The field trip is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd. Sunday is the backup date, in case of bad weather. All students in Kansas are expected to take part in the field trip. Students unable to attend must make individual arrangements for a personal field experience and submit a short report.

  4. Team project: Students will form into small teams (2-3 students each) in order to prepare a poster presentation or webpage report—see teamwork in the geosciences. Membership should be interdisciplinary, if possible, in order to develop a project that involves some issue of wetlands conservation, ecology, management, or exploitation. Report must follow standard scientific style and include a bibliography of all references cited. Recommended formats are pdf files or webpages. Project is 20% of total grade.

    See instructions for preparation of reports and submission of webpages.

    Note: Project must be original and unique work created by the students' own effort and submitted for this course only. Project results, images, text or other components of the report may not be utilized for other earth science courses without permission of the instructor.

  5. Class participation: On-campus students are expected to attend all scheduled sessions. All students are expected to communicate with your instructor via e-mail on a weekly basis and to contribute items for the course blog. All students are expected to participate in a field experience (see field trip). Participation is worth 10% of grade.

  6. Review the departmental policy on plagiarism. See course grading scale as well as earth science learning outcomes.

ADA statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

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