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ENV100Y5- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 66 pages long!)


Department
Environment
Course Code
ENV100Y5
Professor
Barbara Murck
Study Guide
Midterm

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UTM
ENV100Y5
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Course Introduction
Edward Burtynsky: The Power of Images
Natures being transformed through industry
Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries, refineries, dams, factories
We are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success
This Lecture Will Help You Understand
The meaning of the term environment
The difference between environmental science and environmentalism
The interdisciplinary nature of environmental science
How the course will be structured this year
Course philosophy, goals, etc.
Administrative details
Modules, assignments, quizzes, etc.
The Environment is Multi Faceted
It is very important to think about how we define the term “environment”
How we talk about it defines and directs our relationship with the planet
Biotic (living things)
Animals, plants, forests, soils, etc.
Abiotic (nonliving things)
Continents,rocks,oceans,clouds,icecaps,etc.
Our built environments
Roads, buildings, dams, factories, etc.
Social relationships and institutions
Governments, universities, religions, economies, cultures, etc.
Environmental Science is not the same as Environmentalism
What experts would you need in order to assess…
the construction of a new hydroelectric dam?
the proposed draining of a wetland to build a new subdivision?
a proposal to permit bear hunting in a national park?
the management of a large oil spill near a pristine beach?
Conclusion
“Environment” encompasses physical, biotic, abiotic, and social/cultural environments,
and the interactions among them.
Science informs our attempts to solve and prevent environmental problems.
Environmental science helps us understand how the environment works and our
relationship with the environment.
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary undertaking.
We try to reflect all of these ideas in the course.
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Course Philosophy
Overall philosophy of the course:
Everyone should acquire a basic scientific understanding of the environment.
The study of the environment is, by necessity, an interdisciplinary undertaking.
We are all part of an academic teaching- learning community.
Course Goals
Enhance your ability to:
critically analyze information about the environment and human impacts;
approach subjects from a scientific perspective;
understand how various disciplines contribute
to knowledge about the environment; undertake further studies in environmental
science, environmental management, and related areas; and
contribute more fully to the community as a result of your understanding of
environmental science.
Course Website
• Blackboard
http://portal.utoronto.ca
Login with UTORid + password
Available on the course website:
Course schedule, assessment scheme, important dates, etc.
Policies, procedures, etc.
Lecture notes and video recordings
Quiz and assignment submission links
Marks (eventually)
Links, resources, discussion board, etc. etc.
Modules
Course has 6 modules, each with
Lectures (in person and recorded videos)
Lecture Notes (posted in pdf format)
Assignments (submitted online through blackboard in each module folder)
Chapters (to read in the required textbook)
Focus on Reading (exercises completed through Mastering Environmental
Science)
Online Quiz (so you can check your progress and practice for the test and exam)
Assessment/Grading
6 Quizzes one at the end of each module
Online, multiple-choice; not cumulative
Opportunity to test your understanding
30 minutes, to be taken during a 25-hour window on the appointed dates
6 Assignments one in 3rd week of each module
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