SSCI 265Lg The Water Planet Units 4

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Course Description, This course entails a comprehensive investigation into the multi faceted dimensions of water. on Earth Topics range from micro scale concerns e g water properties form and behavior. to regional scale issues e g water resource distribution groundwater mining and watershed. dynamics to global scale processes such as the hydrologic cycle including atmospheric and. oceanic circulation Although there are many perspectives from which to approach the topic. of water e g economic legal political institutional and engineering perspectives we will. situate our investigation within a scientific framework with particular focus on scientific. methodologies and the unique insights that science is able to reveal. Attention will also be directed to the human social science dimensions of water supply and. demand and the implications for past and future societies Water has specific societal. significance because it is essential for sustaining life directly and indirectly Water is a. necessary component of most agricultural and industrial processes and it serves a central role. in global and regional transportation networks There are extensive technological dimensions. to meeting the challenges of in adequate water supply that are critical to human existence We. will examine these aspects through a series of case studies that simultaneously explore the. water footprint of modern consumer societies and how various cultures and countries have. been shaped by three of the world s largest and most iconic rivers the Amazon the Ganges. and the Yangtze, This course satisfies the requirements for General Education Category E Physical Sciences. Courses in this category are intended to bring to bear the perspectives of several scientific. disciplines on a theme illustrating the relevant scientific principles their technological. applications and the societal significance and consequences The GE designation further. requires that the course content give students the opportunity to think critically through. focused inquiry into a particular area of knowledge Scientific methodologies analytical. techniques and digital scholarship will be stressed. The overall goal of the GE Program is to provide necessary context for an informed citizenry. and therefore these courses emphasize a broad sweep of knowledge and require active. intellectual engagement with scientific principles In practice this means that students will be. introduced to many concepts and terminologies that may be new and unfamiliar The focus. nevertheless will be on applying basic principles to specific problems rather than simple. description memorization and recapitulation,Learning Objectives. On completion of this course students will be able to. Understand the special properties of water and the fundamental role it plays in the. functioning of the Earth with or without the presence or engagement of people. Understand the spatial and temporal character of water related processes and. Recognize the value of spatial knowledge maps and the spatial representation of. water data, Understand the basic physical environmental and social aspects of the world s water. Syllabus for SSCI 265 Page 2 of 8,Prerequisite s None.
Co Requisite s None,Concurrent Enrollment None,Recommended Preparation None. Course Notes, In addition to the lectures there are a series of laboratory experiences that are designed to. introduce you to the tools of scientific inquiry and to give you practical experience in. implementing these tools to explore various problems within the framework of the scientific. method These assignments are linked to the lectures and class discussions but do not. duplicate the lecture experience You must register for one laboratory session in addition to. registering for the class itself Your weekly laboratory assignments will be graded and returned. and the final exam will include material from the class and laboratory component. No make up dates will be offered for missed quizzes or exams so mark the appropriate dates. on your calendars If you have a legitimate conflict speak with John Wilson Daniel. Warshawsky or Lisa Sedano as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements. Technological Proficiency and Hardware Software Required. The mapping software and geospatial data required for course assignments will be accessed. using computing resources provided by the Spatial Sciences Institute. Required Readings, Davie T 2008 Fundamentals of Hydrology Second Edition New York Routledge. Available for purchase in the USC bookstore, Hoekstra A Y 2013 The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society New York Routledge. Available for purchase in the USC bookstore, Jones J A A 2010 Water Sustainability A Global Perspective New York Routledge.
Available for download as an e book through USC libraries. Description and Assessment of Assignments, Class Reports 8 Two class reports are required for this class Although topics vary each. semester reports typically ask students to conduct independent research and integrate course. concepts into an essay Each report contributes up to 4 towards a student s final grade. Weekly Quizzes 28 Once a week students will be quizzed on material from the previous. week of class These quizzes will be given either at the beginning or end of class There are 14. total quizzes and each quiz contributes up to 2 towards the student s final grade. Lab Assignments 14 There are seven lab assignments in this class Each lab assignment is. completed in the weekly two hour lab session led by Dr Sedano Students utilize their. knowledge of water resources and geospatial mapping technologies to successfully complete. each of these lab assignments, Story Map Project 20 As part of this class students create a story map project in Labs 8. through 12 These lab sessions will combine individual as well as collaborative work and. involve the creation and publication of a series of maps that will be used along with other. Syllabus for SSCI 265 Page 3 of 8, digital materials charts photographs text existing and possibly live streamed sensor data. video clips video streaming etc to tell a water related story These stories will be presented. in labs and the best stories will be published on the Spatial Sciences Institute website. Final Examination 30 The final exam in this class covers material from all parts of the. class including lecture labs and readings spread across the entire semester This exam is. scheduled for 8 00 to 10 00 a m on Tuesday 15th December. Assignment Number of,Class Reports 2 8,Weekly Quizzes 14 28. Lab Assignments 7 14,Story Map Project 1 20,Final Exam 1 30.
Assignment Submission Policy, Assignments will be submitted for grading via Blackboard using the due dates specified in the. Course Schedule below,Additional Policies, Students are expected to attend and participate in every class session and to complete and. upload all assignments before the deadlines detailed in the Course Schedule No late work is. Course Schedule A Weekly Breakdown, Topics Daily Readings and Homework Deliverables Due. Activities Dates,Week 1 Introduction to Davie Ch 1 No deliverables. 8 25 Class and Special,8 27 Properties of, Week 2 The Hydrologic No reading Weekly quiz in lecture.
9 1 Cycle and the Lab 1 is due to,9 3 Significance of Blackboard by 11 55. Space and Time p m the same day as,Introduction to the your lab session. hydrologic cycle and,the role of space and,time in framing both. hydrological,investigations and,understanding,Syllabus for SSCI 265 Page 4 of 8. Week 3 Precipitation and Davie Ch 2 3 Weekly quiz in lecture. 9 8 Evaporation,9 10 Exploration of the,processes of.
precipitation and,evaporation and the,factors controlling. their distribution,across space and, Week 4 Storage and Davie Ch 4 Weekly quiz in lecture. 9 15 Groundwater Lab 2 is due to,9 17 Discussion of the Blackboard by 11 55. hydrologic processes p m the same day as,associated with the your lab session. storage and,groundwater in,specific kinds of,landscapes.
Week 5 Runoff Rivers Davie Ch 5 Weekly quiz in lecture. 9 22 and Fluvial Lab 3 is due to,9 24 Processes Blackboard by 11 55. Discussion of p m the same day as,hydrologic your lab session. principles behind,runoff rivers and,related fluvial. Week 6 Rivers Streamflow Davie Ch 6 Weekly quiz in lecture. 9 29 Analysis and Lab 4 is due to,10 1 Modeling Blackboard by 11 55. Discussion of the p m the same day as,hydrologic your lab session.
principles underlying,streamflow analysis,and modeling and. an introduction to,the Amazon River in, Week 7 Rivers Floods and No reading Weekly quiz in lecture. 10 6 Floodplains Lab 5 is due to,10 8 Discussion of the Blackboard by 11 55. role of floods and p m the same day as,floodplains in your lab session. hydrologic systems,and an introduction,to the Yangtze River.
Syllabus for SSCI 265 Page 5 of 8, Week 8 Atmospheric and No reading Weekly quiz in lecture. 10 13 Oceanic Lab 6 is due to 11 55,10 15 Circulation p m the same day as. The role of your lab session,atmospheric and,oceanic circulation. in the functioning of, Week 9 Water Quality Davie Ch 7 Weekly quiz in lecture. 10 20 Issues Lab 7 is due to,10 22 Discussion of the Blackboard by midnight.
role and importance the same day as your lab,of water quality and session. the likely sources of,contaminants plus Report 1 is due to. an introduction to Blackboard by 11 55,the Ganges River in p m on 10 23. Week 10 Development Jones Ch 1 2 Weekly quiz in lecture. 10 27 Urbanization and Lab 8 is due to,10 29 Modernization Blackboard by 11 55. Discussion of the p m the same day as,role of development your lab session.
urbanization and,modernization in,shaping human use. of water resources,plus the history of,water in Los. Angeles as seen,through Cadillac, Week 11 Uneven Water Hoekstra Ch 1 2 Weekly quiz in lecture. 11 3 Access Virtual Jones Ch 3 4 8 Lab 9 is due to. 11 5 Water and Water Blackboard by 11 55,Footprints p m the same day as. Exploration of the your lab session,connections,between poverty.
governance and,uneven water access,and the role of. virtual water and,water footprints in,clarifying and. understanding,human utilization of,water resources. Syllabus for SSCI 265 Page 6 of 8, Week 12 The Water Hoekstra Ch 3 5 7 Weekly quiz in lecture. 11 10 Footprint of Jones Ch 5 7 9 12 14 Lab 10 is due to. 11 12 Global Products Blackboard by 11 55,Discussion of the p m the same day as.
water footprint your lab session,associated with,various food. products cotton,and flowers, Week 13 Modern Life and Jones Ch 10 Weekly quiz in lecture. 11 17 Climate Change Lab 11 is due to,11 19 Exploration of the Blackboard by 11 55. rise in the popularity p m the same day as,of bottled water in your lab session. the U S and the,societal and,scientific challenges.
accompanying,climate change, Week 14 Water Resources Hoekstra Ch 6 Weekly quiz in lecture. 11 24 in a Sustainable Jones Ch 15 19,Discussion of the. water infrastructure,and use patterns that,will be needed to. build more resilient,and sustainable,communities across. Week 15 GeoDesign and Jones Ch 20 22 Weekly quiz in lecture. 12 1 Class Review Lab 12 is due to,12 3 Discussion of the Blackboard by 11 55.
ways in which p m the same day as,spatial thinking and your lab session. the principles of,geodesign might be Report 2 is due to. used to build a more Blackboard no later than,resilient and 11 55 p m on 12 4. sustainable world as,well as a review of,class and lab. material in,preparation for the,Final Exam,FINAL 8 00 10 00 a m.
EXAM Tuesday 15th December,Syllabus for SSCI 265 Page 7 of 8. Statement on Academic Conduct and Support Systems,Academic Conduct. Plagiarism presenting someone else s ideas as your own either verbatim or recast in. your own words is a serious academic offense with serious consequences Please. familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in Section 11 Behavior. Violating University Standards https scampus usc edu 1100 behavior violating. university standards and appropriate sanctions Other forms of academic dishonesty. are equally unacceptable See additional information in SCampus and university policies. on scientific misconduct http policy usc edu scientific misconduct. Discrimination sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated by the university You. are encouraged to report any incidents to the Office of Equity and Diversity. http equity usc edu or to the Department of Public Safety. http capsnet usc edu department department public safety online forms contact. us This is important for the safety of the whole USC community Another member. of the university community such as a friend classmate advisor or faculty member. can help initiate the report or can initiate the report on behalf of another. person The Center for Women and Men http www usc edu student affairs cwm. provides 24 7 confidential support and the sexual assault resource center webpage. http sarc usc edu describes reporting options and other resources. Support Systems, A number of USC s schools provide support for students who need help with. water footprint of modern consumer societies and how various cultures and countries have been shaped by three of the world s largest and most iconic rivers the Amazon the Ganges and the Yangtze This course satisfies the requirements for General Education Category E Physical Sciences Courses in this category are intended to bring to bear the perspectives of several scientific

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