SRJC Course Outlines

7/1/2022 10:01:53 AMENVS 8 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

New Course (First Version)
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ENVS 8Title:  GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE  
Full Title:  Introduction to Global Climate Change
Last Reviewed:3/12/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course will explore the science of climate change including: evidence for climate change, global atmospheric and sea circulation, the factors causing climate to change, how climate has changed and how scientists study past climates and use models, observations, data, and theory to make predictions about future climate, and the possible consequences of climate change for our planet.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A and: Course Completion of one or more of the following courses: ENVS 12, GEOG 4, GEOL 1 or METRO 10

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
This course will explore the science of climate change including: evidence for climate change, global atmospheric and sea circulation, the factors causing climate to change, how climate has changed and how scientists study past climates and use models, observations, data, and theory to make predictions about future climate, and the possible consequences of climate change for our planet.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A and: Course Completion of one or more of the following courses: ENVS 12, GEOG 4, GEOL 1 or METRO 10
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2019
Inactive: 
 Area:C
Natural Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 2019
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 2019
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2019Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2019Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Describe the global climate system and how Earth's systems function interdependently
2.  Employ critical thinking to evaluate observable climate data
3.  Explain the consequences, risks, and uncertainties of climate change
 

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During this course, students will:
 
1. Assess and describe the evidence for climate change
2. Explain the relationship between global warming and climate change
3. Differentiate between natural and anthropogenic climate change
4. Discuss Earth's energy balance, demonstrating an understanding of the enhanced greenhouse
    effect and radiative forcing
5. Interpret real-world data to explain global oceanic and atmospheric heat transfer and changes
    to atmospheric processes caused by a warming atmosphere
6. Describe how paleoclimate proxies such as ice cores, sediments, tree rings, and corals can be
    used to interpret past climates
7. Analyze how climate models work and the role that paleoclimate proxies play in modeling
8. Evaluate the impacts of climate change on humans and describe methods for mitigation and
    adaptation to those impacts

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Earth's Systems and Climate Change
    A. Interactions among Earth's systems
    B. Definitions of weather, climate, and climate change
II. Understanding Weather and Climate
    A. Orbital cycles
    B. Earth's atmosphere
    C. Global heat transfer
III. The Global Ocean System
    A. Structure of the oceans
    B. Circulation of the oceans
    C. Interaction between oceans and the atmosphere
IV. Energy and Earth's Climate
    A. Solar energy
    B. Earth's energy balance
    C. Greenhouse gases
    D. The enhanced greenhouse effect
    E. Radiative forcing
V. The Evidence for Climate Change
    A. Global temperature data
    B. Changes in sea level
    C. The melting cryosphere
    D. Historical evidence
VI. Time Scales of Climate Change
VII. Earth's Climate History
    A. Climate proxies
    B. Ancient climate
     C. The recent past
VIII. Modeling the Climate
IX. Global Impacts of Climate Change
    A. Global warming
    B. Sea level rise
    C. Ocean acidification
    D. Changing climate and weather patterns
X. Solutions for Managing Climate Change
    A. Fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy solutions
    B. The politics of change
    C. Mitigation and adaptation

Assignments:
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1. Assigned readings (20-30 pages per week)
2. Problem-solving homework assignments (5-20)
3. Research/Analysis paper 2 - 8 pages in length requirement (0-1) and/or 1 - 2 page reaction
    papers or essays in length requirement (1-3)
4. Exams (3-5); quizzes (0-30)
5. Class participation: discussions, group work (0-30)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 50%
Research paper, reaction papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 80%
Exams and quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 30%
Class participation, discussions, group work


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Introduction to Modern Climate Change. 2nd ed. Dressler, Andrew. Cambridge University Press. 2016
Our Changing Climate: Introduction to Climate Science. Kauffman, Chad. American Meteorological Society. 2014 (classic)
Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us. Fletcher, Charles. Wiley. 2013 (classic)
Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action. Kitchen, David. Routledge. 2013 (classic)
Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines. Bloom, Arnold. Sinauer Associates, Inc. 2009 (classic)

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