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General Course Information for ENE609A: Research Project I

Course: ENE609A - Research Project I
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: First part of the master's research project. It focuses on the research and selection of an appropriate topic on one of the research or applications of environmental engineering. Students develop the project and utilize skills previously acquired in their respective core curriculum. Grading is H, S, or U only. Course is eligible for In Progress (IP) grade.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply advanced research expertise.
  • Participate in a team environment to conduct the research.
  • Evaluate a product in stages using the life cycle method.
  • Present a thesis complying the generally accepted standards.
  • Make a final oral presentation coupled with an Internet demonstration.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Analyze water, air, and land resource problems relative to environmental standards.
    • Collaborate with other professionals in analyzing, designing, and evaluating environmental projects.
    • Communicate through oral and written skills appropriate for this profession.
    • Develop environmental project plans that include risk management strategies.
    • Evaluate the potential impact of product, processes and activities through life cycle assessment.
    • Evaluate water, waste water, air pollutant and hazardous waste quality using physical, biological and chemical treatment methods.
    • Examine the economical, social, legal, ethical, global and political aspects of sound and sustainable environmental solutions.
    • Provide a methodology to determine and control the hazardous air pollutants from industrial/commercial sources.
    • Utilize critical thinking skills to solve air, water and hazardous waste problems to meet environmental standards.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures