2 Approach

To reach these educational goals we will use a variety of approaches focused on engaging students directly with primarily literature on water quality, discussing current events related to land-use and water quality, quantitative analyses of land-use and water quality change over time, and a focused final project.

2.1 Assignments

All assignments will be distributed through canvas

2.2 Notes

If you learn by taking notes, I encourage you to take notes in class when there are lectures. However, all lectures will be posted online on my GitHub account. Additionally, a more verbose version of the notes will be on this site (look to your left).

2.3 Attendance

I will not take attendance, but this class will heavily depend on you being present. There will be a participation grade that will reflect a combination of your consistent presence, focus in class, and participation in group discussions (it’s okay if you don’t like speaking in front of the whole class, but you should particpate during breakout period).

2.4 Grading

Assignments Midterm Final Participation
50% 15% 20% 15%

2.5 Schedule

This schedule will likely change considerably as we move through the course, but I will keep it updated. Every Friday there will be an assignment due the next Friday, unless otherwise stated.

Week Number Week Starting Topic
1 2018-01-21 Getting started and course review
2 2018-01-28 Global history of water quality change, point source pollution
3 2018-02-04 Non-point source pollution, nutrients, sediment, dissolved organic carbon
4 2018-02-11 Algae, eutrophication, cyanobacterial blooms
5 2018-02-18 weathering reactions, cations, anions
6 2018-02-25 Water treatment approaches and history
7 2018-03-04 Metals chemistry, pH as a master variable
8 2018-03-11 Organic contaminants, MIDTERM
9 2018-03-18 Spring Break
10 2018-03-25 Isotopes,Legislation governing water quality in the USA and abroad
11 2018-04-01 Sensors, Remote sensing of land-use change and water quality
12 2018-04-08 River/Lake network water quality influences
13 2018-04-15 Mapping water quality issues in Colorado and Fort Collins
14 2018-04-22 Water quality legacy impacts, biotic indices
15 2018-04-29 Contaminant interactions, phytolosis, transformation
16 2018-05-06 BYO contaminant presentations (final)

2.6 Academic integrity

Academic integrity: You are responsible for adhering to all university policies on academic integrity and student conduct https://tilt.colostate.edu/integrity/knowTheCode/. TILT has a number of resources for students related to writing and study skills: https://tilt.colostate.edu/integrity/resourcesStudents/.