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Rich Delaney Director
Urban Harbors Institute
Univesity of Massachusetts/Boston
Metropolitan Area Planning Commission
Office hours: By appt. before and after class.
Course Texts: tba
Administrator: Roger Stern, Executive Director, Marine Studies Consortium; Phone: 781-444-3643; Email: rjstern at bsn1.net.
For Possible Cancellations (due to inclement weather):
check Weather Alert.
Cancellations will also be aired on WCVB Channel 5 and
announced by voice message at 781-444-3643
Purpose of course:
This course is designed to stimulate students' interests in the field of
water resources from an environmentally sustainable perspective. The focus
will be on the resources themselves--their functions, values, and effects
upon them from human management and policy. Four water resources areas
will be highlighted: rivers, wetlands, groundwater, and marine resources.
Within a resource-based context, four policy issues and related management
techniques will be presented. Each policy issue and management technique
will be illustrated by a specific water resource example.
|Resource Area ||Policy Issue || Management
|Rivers ||Protection vs use || Streamflow controls
|Wetlands ||No net loss || Watershed regulations
|Aquifers ||Prevention || Land use controls
|Marine ||Water Quality || Legal, political & Institutional
Each resource area and policy issue will be presented in a
multiple-class unit which provides:
- Description of the resource
- Functions and values of the resource
- Human use and impacts on the resource
- Policy issues
- Management techniques
- Case study
Several of the units will feature guest speakers who have knowledge and
experience through public agencies or non-profit advocacy organizations.
This course will give students an understanding of water
resources management and protection as a public policy problem.
Students will learn:
- How to define the problems
- Data and technical expertise that are needed to solve problems
- How to understand the political and institutional context of water resources protection and management
- How to develop and implement tools to achieve policy objectives
Questions and Issues to be Addressed:
- boundary definitions: how to delineate resource areas.
- How to structure
- Protecting and managing uses:
- How do water resources function? (natural ecosystems)
- How can human needs be met in an environmentally sustainable way?
- How can conflicting natural and human needs be accommodated (multiple uses)?
- How to understand and respond to changing circumstances and needs.
- complete each week's readings prior to the class session (readings to be purchased at cost of copying from the instructors)
- complete one written assignment
- make one oral presentation to the class
- complete a final take-home exam
- participate in class discussions and exercises, and
be creative and have fun!
25% for the oral presentation
25% for the written exercise
50% for the final exam
- Requirements: Each student must prepare one written assignment
and one class presentation. Each project should demonstrate
understanding of a water resources issue (rather than a recitation
of facts), and an ability to communicate that information.
Ideas should be carefully organized and concisely presented in one of
the format options listed below.
In addition, students are required to attend a Library Intensive Component
at the Brandeis Science Library, which provides instruction on research
tools and data sources to be used in the preparation of the written and
oral assignments. This will be scheduled during one of the regular class
- Menu of Format Options: Students are strongly encouraged to structure
their assignments in a format other than traditional academic term papers.
Choose from the following menu of format options, or suggest one of your
own. Each format option provides an opportunity to use a different
communication skill. Choose the options which interest you and will help
you develop skills which will be useful in your professional or academic
- testimony for a public hearing (legislative, regulatory agency, local government)
- issue or policy paper (white paper) from an advocacy group
- environmental impact statement for a development project
- press conference or press release from an agency or environmental group
- article for a planning, scientific, or legal journal
- newspaper or magazine article
- ription of a school (K-12 grade) class project or curriculum
- article for an engineering or natural science textbook
- agency or organization newsletter
- visual presentation (graphics, drawings)
- video presentation or documentary piece
- short story or magazine article
- other format to be approved by the instructors
- Length: Written assignments should be approximately ten typed
double-spaced pages for undergraduate students, and fifteen pages for
graduate students. Class presentations should be planned for 15 minutes
- Scheduling and due dates
A short (one page) project proposal describing the topics and your
treatment of them for both the paper and class presentation must be
submitted to the instructors by the third week of class.
FINAL EXAM (Take Home)
The take home final exam is an exercise which requires you to synthesize what you have learned throuhout the semester and apply this knowledge to a particular issue. Drawing on knowledge gained from the readings, class discussions, and presentations, identify a problem or a gap in water resources policy, science, or management tools. Then propose an approach to solvingt the problem or filling the gap. The final take-home exam should follow the following format and inlclude each of these sections:
Part A: Describe the problem or gap in detail, including:
- Statement of the problem or gap
- Description of the context (what is and is not known about
- Description the value (why is it important to fill the gap)
Part B: Describe an approach to solving the problem or filling
- Give a summary of the solution
- Describe the elements of the solution in detail (who does what?)
- Describe a strategy for implementing the solution (how?)
Length: Final exams should be 10 to 15 pages for undergraduate
students and 15 to 20 pages for graduate students.
Due date: Final exams are due on the last class session.
Exams should be submitted to the instructors in class.
Policy on Incomplete Grades
Students are eligible to receive a grade of incomplete only
if circumstances beyond the student's control prevent the student
from completing required course work. To receive an Incomplete Grade,
the instructor, student, Consortium Board Member at the student's home school (if the student is from a member school) and a Consortium staff member must all agree that such circumstances exist. Agreement is reached when all parties listed above have signed an MSC Incomplete Grade Contract (form available from the Marine Studies Consortium). The Contract must include a description of the circumstances surrounding the request for an incomplete grade, a list of all the work to be made up and the time by which it will be completed. The student must submit the signed Incomplete Grade Contract to the instructor by the last class meeting.
If the student is unable to complete the required work within the
time stipulated in the Incomplete Grade Contract, s/he will receive an
F for the course, or be required to retake the course. In no case
shall a student be granted more than six weeks beyond the end
of the semester to complete the course work.
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