University of Mobile - Latin American Branch Campus
ES 346
Hazardous Materials and Toxicology

Summer 2000

 

San Marcos, Nicaragua



 


ES 346 Hazardous Materials and Toxicology


Instructor: Keith Earnshaw
919-846-6365 Tel.
919-844-6587 Fax
e-mail earnshaw@mindspring.com

Web Site www.earnshaw-environmental.com


Course Description:

Hazardous Materials and Toxicology introduces students to hazardous materials and wastes and their handling, management, and regulation. Students will receive an overview of the characteristics and toxicology of hazardous materials, requirements for risk assessments and communication, personal protection and safety, waste minimization, and environmental remediation.

Textbook:
Handouts, articles, videos, and web site addresses will be provided on a weekly basis.

Instructional Methods:
Course materials will be presented through a combination of handouts, videos, discussion forums, and Internet sites. The Weekly Announcements home page will provide detailed assignments and explanations.

Grading:

Exams (2) - 100 points each
Class Participation in Discussion Forums - 200 points
Research Paper - 200 points
Video Summaries (2) - 50 points each

Grading Scale:

A 100-90 B 89-80 C 79-70 D 69-60 F below 60

Attendance:

You are required to log-on weekly and review the week's course material. Additionally, you will be required to participate in the discussion forum at least twice a week. Students are encouraged to get together on campus at least one time each week to view the assigned videos and discuss course topics.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

WEEK 1

Course Introduction
Distribution of Handouts, Videos, Instructions
On-Line Learning Techniques and Practice Sessions
Assignments, Exams, and Grading Criteria
Review of Learning Objectives

Read Handouts

1. Regulatory Overview

2. Defining a Hazardous Material or Waste

WEEK 2

Methods of Personal Protection, Workplace Monitoring, and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Read Handouts
Video - Shelter in Place
Visit Web Sites (see Weekly Announcements Home Page)
Discussion Forum

WEEK 3

Risk Assessment and Toxicology
Pesticides and Pest Control
Read Handouts
Video - Chemical Valley
Visit Web Sites
Discussion Forum: Presentation of Student Articles
EXAM #1

WEEK 4

Waste Treatment, Disposal, and Remediation
Read Handouts
Videos -
1. High-Level Radioactive Waste Storage
2. Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal in North Carolina
3. Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management in Utah
Visit Web Sites
Discussion Forum

WEEK 5

FINAL EXAM

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE WRITING

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. What is my major point?
2. Have I supported generalizations, opinions, and conclusions with specific examples?
3. Have I avoided using unnecessary words and clichés?

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR USING SOURCES IN ACADEMIC WRITING:
HOW TO AVOID PLAGIARISM

 

LIST OF WORKS CITED

Hairston, M. & John J. Ruszkiewicz. (1996). The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers, (4th
ed). New York: Harper Collins.

Johnson, J. (1992). The Bedford guide to the research process (2nd ed.). Boston: St. Martin's.

Lesikar, R., & Lyons, M. P. (1986). Report writing for business (7th ed.). Homewood: Irwin.

Owen, J.B. "Plagiarism," adapted from Jennifer Attebery. Idaho State University, 1995 [article on-line]; available from http://isuux.isu.edu/owenjack/plag.html; Internet; accessed 19 June, 1996.

Veit, R. (1990). Research: The student's guide to writing research papers. New York: Macmillan.