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Lecture:  Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am – 10:45am        Ottawa Center: Room 104


Carmen Hartford                                                                                                                                    Office: A315                                                                                                                                                                        Phone: (815) 224-0321                                                                                                                                        e-mail:


Office Hours

Lab Duty


12:00pm – 1:00pm



11:30pm – 1:00pm



3:00pm – 4:00pm;  5:00pm – 6:00pm

10:00am – 11:00am





10:00am – 10:00am

11:00am – 2:00pm



Required Textbook: 

Cunningham and Cunnigham. 2014. Environmental Science: A Global Concern, 13th ed. The McGraw-Hill Companies.


Course Description:

 A study of the human relationship with, and responsibility for, the health and wellbeing of our earth. Ecology, the branch of science investigating the relationships of an organism (man) with its environment (earth) is the emphasis of this course. Major considerations are given to the use and misuse of the earth's energy and material resources, the consequences of and alternatives to human actions, and the individual physical costs plus collective social costs.


Methods of instruction –lectures, small group work in lab, audio-visual materials, computer software and instructor demonstration






Attendance Policy – Attendance is taken each class period.  Students may be withdrawn from the course by the instructor after accumulating 4 unexcused absences.  If an absence is anticipated, please contact your instructor ahead of time.

In case of inclement weather or emergency – If you feel there is a possibility the college may cancel classes due to weather or some other event, you can tune in to WLPO 1220 AM or check the college website:

* Last day to withdrawalNovember 5th *

Students now have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes.  By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within webadvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course.  Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature.  IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.       

                                                                                                                                                                  *Do not assume the instructor will withdrawal a student automatically due to lack of attendance.

Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.

Academic dishonesty and cheating – Any student caught cheating during a lecture test, lab test, quiz, or any other evaluation will receive a zero for that evaluation.  Further actions may be taken as outlined in the student handbook.

* Violations of the IVCC Student Code of Conduct may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including withdrawal from the course (see IVCC catalog and Student Handbook).  THIS INCLUDES BEING RESPECTFUL TO MYSELF AND OTHERS IN CLASS.                                                                                           If you create a disruption or distraction in class you may be withdrawn from the class.

Student e-mail -  All students are now responsible for checking their IVCC e-mail.  All electronic college correspondence will only be sent to the IVCC e-mail (student “K”

Safety – Please be aware of the location of all exits in your classroom, and know where to go if a fire, tornado, or intruder alarm sounds during class.  You will be expected to quickly and safely use appropriate action should any of these emergencies or drills take place.  Emergency procedures should be posted near the doorway of each classroom.  In case of any emergency, you can dial 911 from any campus phone.

No food, drink, or tobacco is allowed in the classroom or laboratory.  Headphones and iPods are not allowed in the classroom.  Children are not allowed in the classroom.

Please turn your cell phone off during all class meetings. Cell phones are not allowed in your possession during exams.






Testing – Lecture tests will be given on scheduled lecture test days during lecture in room 104. 

Make-up Tests – There will be a total of 4 lecture tests during the course of the semester.  If you miss a lecture and you have an excused absence, you will have 3 school days to make an appointment with your lecture instructor to take a make-up test.  The format of a make-up test will be left to the discretion of the instructor.

Quizzes – Various quizzes will be given during lecture throughout the semester.                                                                                                                (Quizzes may be unannounced.)                                                                                                                                    * Missed quizzes cannot be made up.      

Assignments – Assignments will be given during the semester.  All assignments will have specific due dates and point values.  Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of up to one point per school day.   

You will be assigned two presentations this semester.  One presentation will be a poster project with other classmates.  The other presentation will be an individual presentation.

Blackboard:  We will be using blackboard this semester.  There is a link to blackboard in several places on the IVCC website.  Blackboard will be used for posting announcements, assignments, lecture powerpoints, and your grades.

There is help available for blackboard users at the student help desk in the learning commons and online at the student help desk web-site.  I am also happy to help and assist you with blackboard.

If you are a student with a documented cognitive, physical or psychiatric disability (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, and others) you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on disc, note taking services, etc...  If you are interested in learning if you can receive these academic support services, please contact either Tina Hardy (, or 224-0284) or Judy Mika or 224-0350), or stop by the Disability Services Office in B-204. 

In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning.  Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or assessments.  The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning.  They include, but are not limited to:  Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices. 

Methods of Evaluation: The final letter grade earned for this course will be based on the total number of points accumulated from lecture tests, laboratory tests, assignments, and quizzes.  The following grading scale will be used as a guide in assigning final letter grades:        

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


As the semester progresses, please ask me (Miss Hartford) if you need help calculating your letter grade, or if you have any questions about the grading procedure.                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Library Hours:                                                                                                                                              Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 8:00pm                                                                                                    Friday: 7:30 - 4:30                                                                                                                                                     Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Please plan your work on research assignments accordingly. Many library resources are available online with your IVCC student ID at Chat online or text the library at 1-815-605-0482 for assistance.

Assessment Center Hour:  The assessment center will have new hours for the 2012-13 academic year at Oglesby and Ottawa.


Monday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Ottawa Center:

Tuesday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
















 Miss Hartford   Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am    Ottawa Center Room 104   

 Tentative Semester Schedule                                                     *Note: This may be subject to change


Week 1: August 19th/21st:   Introduction; Chapter 3

Week 2: August 26th/28th:  Chapters 3 and 4

Week 3: September 2nd/4th: Chapter 4 and Test 1 (Chapters 3-4)

Week 4: September 9th/11th: Chapters 5- 6 

Week 5: September 16th/18th: Chapter 7

Week 6: September 23rd/25th:  Poster presentations and Test 2 (Chapters 5-7)

Week 7: September 30th/October 2nd: Chapter 8

Week 8: October 7th/9th: Chapter 9

Week 9: October 14th/16th: Chapter 10 and Test 3 (Chapters 8-10)

Week 10: October 21st/23rd:  Chapters 11-12

Week 11: October 28th/30th: Chapters 11-12 and Test 4 (Chapters 11-12)

Week 12: November 4th/6th:   

   *Last Day to Withdrawal-Nov. 5th

Week 13: November 13th: Chapters 14-15                  (College closed November 11th – Veteran’s Day)

Week 14: November 18th/20th: Chapters 15-16

Week 15: November 25th:  Chapters 17-18                             (College Closed November 26th - 30th – Thanksgiving break)

Week 16: December 2nd/4th:  Chapters 19-21

Week 17: December 9th: Final Exam