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Integrating Contemporary Environmental Issues in an Introductory Environmental Engineering CourseEnvironmental engineers and scientists need to constantly be aware of contemporaryenvironmental issues. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that our students develop a culture ofreading newspapers, journals, and government/industry publications on a regular basis to becomeaware of the contemporary environmental issues and be prepared to discuss and debate theseissues. In an introductory environmental engineering course each student is required to report onseven articles that he or she read from a variety of sources such as local/national newspapers,environmental journals, internet, etc. Students need to submit a brief summary of theenvironmental news along with the source to the entire class as soon as they read about it.Students also give a five minutes presentation and conduct class discussion/debate on acontemporary environmental issue as soon as it appears as a news item. Student maintains aportfolio/journal of all the articles on contemporary environmental issues they read over thesemester. At the end of the semester each student is required to submit his/her portfolio of sevenarticles along with his/her reflections and assessment of each articles. In addition, studentsconduct environmental caucuses similar to town hall meetings, and write two term papers oncontemporary environmental issues.This paper will discuss the strategies, experiences, assessment, results and outcomes ofintegrating contemporary environmental issues in an introductory environmental engineeringcourse.
Uddin, M. (2011, June), Integrating Contemporary Environmental Issues in an Introductory Environmental Engineering Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18220
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