CH400 Special Topics in Chemistry:

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CH 400 SpecTops in Chemistry:


S1J 2013 PV


Robichaud, Jeffery


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 8th edition
Authors: Roger Findley and Daniel Farber
Publication Date: June 7, 2010
Publisher: West
ISBN: 978-0314233561

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Course Description:
Environmental Regulations are a part of the world in which we live. They provide for the protection of human health and the environment, yet also pose responsibility on industry, agriculture, and even local, state and the Federal Government. Over the course of the semester we will take a an abbreviated journey through the history of environmental protection in the United States, tracing its roots from both Native American and Colonial society up through modern days. After this brief trip we will reinsert ourselves back in history around particular events and movements that resulted in the major Environmental Regulations that are in the headlines today, the very same regulations which students are likely to encounter when they enter the workforce.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's philosophy is one of shared interaction and discussion, exploring concepts and ideas with an eye towards the reasons behind decisions, and application of those decisions. The instructor's style accomodates current events and allows for a degree of departure from the agenda to explore and discuss relevant topics. Required assignments are focused both on demonstrating knowledge of concepts as well as learning techniques for communicating technical information in a succinct yet compelling fashion.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss and examine a topic that is not normally offered as a formal class in chemistry.
  2. Demonstrate a degree of competency via readings, discussions, and/or experimentation in the area of chemistry in which the course is offered.
  3. Research the appropriate journals to write professionally in the area.
  4. Master the instrumentation and laboratory skills required for the subject level.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. After completing this course it is expected that the student will have a greater appreciation for the complexities surrounding the intersection of science, social issues, and law that is at the center of environmental regulation.
  2. The course will enable the student to critically discuss environmental issues of today based on a solid foundation in the choices and decisions of the past.
  3. Finally the course will provide students a vivid and rich background in the major environmental statutes and regulations.
Core Assessment:
Papers, homework, reports, presentations, proficiency of lab work

Class Assessment:
The Class will consist of traditional Instructor led lectures, with class interaction and group discussion surrounding topics identified by the instructor as well as the class. In addition to the assigned text, students will be required to develop three short essays on a list of topics provided at the first class (or on additional topics if mutually agreed upon by instructor and student). One of the essays will be on an additional text of the student’s choosing, another based on a significant moment in environmental history, with the third centered on a recent article. In addition to these three essays, a final exam will be administered which serves as the core assessment for the class to evaluate the student’s proficiency in concepts taught during the semester and to determine whether the student’s understanding of topics met the objectives of the class.

Essays   100 pts each         300
Final      100 pts                 100
TOTAL                              400 pts

A = 90-100 (361-400 pts)
B = 80-90 (321-360 pts)
C = 70-80 (281-320 pts)
D = 60-70(241-280 pts)
F = <60 (<240 pts)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework turned in late will be counted off 10% per day, so you have 10 days to submit it before it becomes worth 0 Points. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events will need to make arrangements prior to their absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
• Students are held responsible for acquiring all materials and information missed during a class session from another student. • Wireless (cellular) phones and/or pagers must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom. If you do receive notice of an emergency call/page quietly leave the classroom to make or receive a call in the hall or outside of the building. • The instructor will strive to create an informal and comfortable classroom environment for class discussion. However, this is an educational forum and the instructor expects students to act accordingly. Students will treat fellow students and the instructor with respect. • Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. • Americans With Disabilities Act: Park University is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112 – The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. The instructors are required by law to provide “reasonable accommodation” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. It is the students responsibility to inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session- Date
1 – 1/14 Introductions, History of Environmental Protection Pre Mid-20th Century
2 – 1/21 Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
3 – 1/28 National Environmental Policy Act and the Council of Environmental Quality 1st Paper Due
4 – 2/4   Clean Air Act
5 – 2/11 Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Oil Pollution Act 2nd Paper Due
6 – 2/18 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability
              Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act
7 – 2/25 Other Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations
8 – 3/4    State and Local Regulations, 3rd Paper Due & Final

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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