Dr. Chuks Ogbonnaya

Email: cogbonnaya@me.vccs.edu
Office: G235
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 276
Fax: 276-523-8297

Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00-8:50, 11:00-12:50
Tuesday: 8:00-9:15
Wednesday: 8:00-8:50, 11:00-12:50
Thursday: 8:00-9:15, 10:50-12:05

 

 

 

Course Description

Conservation of Natural Resources describes management of natural resources, balance of nature, and human impact on the environment.
 

 

Statement of Goals/Units of Specific Objectives

This course is designed to provide the student with the philosophy of conservation.  Important trends affecting conservation of natural resources will also be considered.  We will also treat resource management within more specialized disciplines such as biology and geology.
 
 


Instructional Methodology

  1. Readings from the textbook
  2. Weekly summaries of current conservation issues
  3. Term papers
  4. Questions at the end of each chapter
  5. Field trip
     

 

 

Questions At the End of Each Chapter

You will be expected to read and answer questions at the end of each chapter. Email your answers to the instructor. The assignments are worth 50% of your grade.

 

 

Weekly Summaries

You will need to find 15 current issues on conservation of natural resources and write a two page summary on each. The summaries will be worth 18.7% of your grade. This should be done on a weekly basis and emailed to your instructor.

 

 

Term Paper

You will be expected to write a ten page term paper on "Sustainable Agriculture" and submit to your instructor via email. The term paper will be worth 18.7% of your grade. The following topics should be addressed:

  1. What sustainable agriculture is.
  2. How it's techniques can be implemented to improve agricultural production.
  3. How sustainable agriculture is efficient in the use of natural resources.
  4. The ecological, economical, and social responsibilities of it.

 

 

Field Trip

You will be required to have an all day field trip. You will need the approval of teh instructor before you go on the field trip. You should also submit the name, address, and phone number of where you will be going on the field trip. Include pictures taken during the field trip. The field trip will be worth 12.6% of your grade.

 

 

Textbook

Natural Resource Conservation
Author(s)  Chiras and Reganold
Recent Edition
Publisher:  Interstate

 

 

Communication

For Your Information:

All correspondence and assignments should be sent to the email address listed above.

Since NAS106 is an online course, each student is expected to check his or her Mountain Empire email address at least twice weekly. If you are having problems using your Mountain Empire email address, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

The instructor will use email to keep you updated on your progress throughout the course. If you have completed any kind of assignment and have not heard from the instructor within a reasonable length of time (two work days if the assignment was turned in over the internet or a week if the assignment was turned in through the postal service), then you should contact the instructor to make sure that your assignment was received.

 

 

Core Competencies

This course satisfies the following core competencies:

·       Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

 

 

 

Emergency Statement

In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternative delivery methods; alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates; a revised attendance policy; and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.

In the case of a College emergency, please refer to the following about changes in this course:

 

·         If you are unable to access the water/wastewater distance learning website, please contact IT services at 276-523-2400 or contact your instructor.  If power or servers are down across campus it may take a couple of hours for service to be reinstated.  Please be patient and your course material will be back up and running shortly.  If this does occur penalties will not be given for late assignments.

·         If the MECC mail server is down your instructor will use the following email address: Caogbonnaya1975@yahoo.com.
*****Please note that this email address will ONLY be used in case of an emergency when the MECC mail server is down!******

·         The telephone number for your instructor is as follows:
276-523-2400, ext 276

For more general information about the emergency situation, please refer to:

·         The Mountain Empire Community College web site at www.mecc.edu or the Virginia Community College System web page at www.vccs.edu

·         The college phone number is 276-523-2400

·         The college phone number to call in case of snow or inclement weather is 276-523-7495. You may also receive information about snow or inclement weather at the following TV and Radio Stations:


WCYB-TV— Bristol

WJHL-TV — Johnson City

WQUT-FM — Johnson City

WAXM-FM — Norton

WDIC-FM — Clintwood

WJNV-FM — Jonesville

WVTF-FM — Local NPR
WXBQ-FM — Bristol

·         You may contact security at MECC from off campus by calling 276-523-7473 and from on campus by dialing 473 from any campus phone. There are also several emergency security phones located on MECC’s campus.

 

 

Emergency Notifications: When MECC considers an emergency to pose an ongoing threat to students and employees, the college community will be notified in several ways:

1.    Text Message (register to receive text messages from MECC at http://www2.mecc.edu/sms/index.html)

2.    Email

3.    Telephone

4.    Postings on the college’s web site

5.    In person

 

 

 

Honor

All students at MECC should abide by the standards of conduct outlined in the MECC Student Handbook. Cheating WILL NOT be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating on an assignment or test will receive a zero for that assignment.

 

 

 

Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is required. When absence from a clas is necessary, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor prior to the absence. The student is responsible for the subsequent completion of all work missed during an absence. (MECC Student Handbook).

Mountain Empire Community College is committed to academic quality and student success. Elements that support both of these values are regular attendance and participation in class. The college policy states that regular class attendance is required. The attendanc epolicy in this class is that you spend at least 5 hours per week working on assignments, which will help ensure you stay on track.

 

 

Instructions for Individuals with Disabilities


Students may request academic accommodation for disabilities through the Office of Student Services.  That office will evaluate the request and make recommendations for appropriate and reasonable accommodations, which the student will provide to the instructor.

Individuals requiring temporary handicapped parking accommodations due to short-term illness should also contact Student Services.

All correspondence will be kept confidential.

 

 

Grading Policy

Weekly Summaries

18.7%

Term Paper

18.7%

Questions

50%

Field Trip

12.6%

 

100%

 

 

Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = Below 60%

 

 

 

Reading Assignments

 

Chapter/Section            

Topic

 

Week 1

1.1

A Crisis on Planet Earth?

1.2

Differing Viewpoints: Are We on a Sustainable Course?

1.3

A Brief History of the Resource Conservation, Environmental, and Sustainability Movements

1.4

Classification of Natural Resources

1.5

Approaches to Natural Resource Management

1.6

Changing Realities: The Nemesis Effect

1.7

New Tools for Resource Management: Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

1.8

Risk and Risk Assessment

1.9

The Environment and You: The Importance of Citizen Action

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 2

2.1

Understanding Economics

2.2

Creating a Sustainable Economy

2.3

Toward Sustainable Ethics

3.1

Levels of Organization

3.2

Scientific Principles Relevant to Ecology

3.3

The Flow of Energy Through Ecosystems

3.4

Principles of Ecology

3.5

The Biomes

3.6

Ecology and Sustainability

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 3

4.1

Understanding Populations and Population Growth

4.2

The Impact of Overpopulation

4.3

Population Growth in the More Developed Nations: A Closer Look

4.4

Population Growth in the Less Developed Nations: A Closer Look

4.5

Controlling the Growth of the World's Population

4.6

Human Population and the Earth's Carrying Capacity

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 4

5.1

World Hunger: Dimensions of the Problem

5.2

Increasing Food Supplies Sustainably: An Overview

5.3

Poverty, Conflict, and Free Trade

6.1

Value of Soil

6.2

Characteristics of Soil

6.3

Soil Formation

6.4

The Soil Profile

6.5

Soil Classification

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 5

7.1

The Nature of Soil Erosion

7.2

The Dust Bowl

7.3

The Shelterbelt Program

7.4

Soil Erosion Today

7.5

Factors Affecting the Rate of Soil Erosion by Water

7.6

Controlling Soil Erosion by Water

7.7

Alternative Agricultrue

7.8

Sustainable Agriculture

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 6

8.1

Where Do Pests Come From?

8.2

Types of Chemical Pesticides: A Historical Perspective

8.3

How Effective Are Pesticides?

8.4

How Hazardous Are Pesticides?

8.5

Are Pesticides Adequately Regulated?

8.6

Sustainable Pest Control

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 7

9.1

Wetlands

9.2

The Lake Ecosystem

9.3

The Stream Ecosystem

9.4

The Coastal Environment

9.5

The Ocean

10.1

The Water Cycle

10.2

Flooding: Problems and Solutions

10.3

Water Shortages: Issues and Solutions

10.4

Irrigation: Issues and Solutions

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

Week 8

11.1

Types of Water Pollution

11.2

Major Pollutants, Prevention, and Control

11.3

Sewage Treatment and Disposal

11.4

Legislating Water Pollution Control

11.5

Pollution of Oceans

11.6

A World View of Water Pollution

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 9

12.1

Freshwater Fisheries

12.2

Environmental Limitations to the Reproductive Potential of Freshwater Fish

12.3

Sustainable Freshwater Fisheries Management

12.4

Marine Fisheries

12.5

Problems Facing Marine Fisheries

12.6

Sustainable Marine Fisheries Management

12.7

Aquaculture

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 10

13.1

Ecology of Rangelands

13.2

Brief History of Range Use in the United States

13.3

Rangeland Resources and Condition

13.4

Range Management

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 11

14.1

Forest Ownership

14.2

The U.S. Forest Service

14.3

Harvesting Trees

14.4

Reforestation

14.5

Control of Forest Pests

14.6

Fire Management

14.7

Meeting Future Timber Demands Sustainably

14.8

Preserving Wilderness

14.9

Protecting Natural Resources: National Parks

14.10

Reversing Tropical Deforestation

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 12

15.1

Extinction: Eroding the Earth's Biological Diversity

15.2

Causes of Extinction

15.3

Methods of Preventing Extinction

15.4

The Endangered Species Act

16.1

Wildlife

16.2

Types of Animal Movements

16.3

Mortality Factors

16.4

Wildlife Management

16.5

Regulating Populations

16.6

Nongame Wildlife

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 13

17.1

Municipal Waste: Tapping a WAsted Resource

17.2

Managing Our Municipal Solid Wastes Sustainably

17.3

Waste Disposal: The Final Option

17.4

Hazardous Wastes

18.1

Pollution of the Atmosphere

18.2

Major Atmospheric Pollutants

18.3

Factors Affecting Air Pollution Concentrations

18.4

Effects of Air Pollution on Local Climate

18.5

Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health

18.6

Air Pollution Abatement and Control

18.7

Indoor Air Pollution

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 14

19.1

Global Climate Change

19.2

Acid Deposition

19.3

Depletion of Stratospheric Ozone

20.1

Supply and Demand

20.2

Can We Expand Our Mineral Supplies?

20.3

Mineral Conservation Strategies

20.4

Environmental Impacts of Mineral Production

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**

 

 

Week 15

21.1

Global Energy Sources: An Overview

21.2

A Closer Look at Nonrenewable Energy Resources

21.3

The Nuclear Energy Option: Is It Sustainable:

21.4

Fusion Reactors

21.5

America's Energy Future

22.1

Conservation

22.2

Renewable Energy Strategies

22.3

Summary

**Answer Questions at the End of Each Chapter**