TCC 300/EVSC 494:  Earth Systems Engineering Management

Syllabus - Spring Semester 2004

MW 2:00-3:15pm

MEC 215

Instructors:

Braden Allenby
Email:  ballenby@att.com
Tel:  908-234-3070
Fax:  908-234-8839

Michael Gorman
Email:  meg3c@virginia.edu
Phone:  924-3425 (office)
Office:  Thornton A237
Office Hours:
MW 3:30-5:30pm
T, TR 10:45-11:45am


Teaching Assistants:

Office Hours:  Sunday 4-6pm; Tuesday 12-2pm
Location:  Student Study Room, Thornton Hall

Stephanie Kassoy
Email:  slk5d@virginia.edu
Phone:  434-295-6577

David Goldstein
Email:  drg4q@virginia.edu
Phone:  434-249-2991

Heather Pozun
Email:  pozun@virginia.edu
Phone: 434-466-6781

Joseph Betit
Email:  jwb7f@virginia.edu
Phone:  757-710-8718

Class Website:
http://toolkit.itc.virginia.edu/cgi-local/tk/UVa_SEAS_2004_Spring_TCC300-1

Library Website:  http://www.lib.virginia.edu/science/dbases/

Course Objective
The main objective of this course to introduce students to Earth Systems Engineering and Management (ESEM)and related concepts such as industrial ecology, the objective, multidisciplinary study of industrial and economic systems and their linkages with fundamental natural systems.

General Description
A principle result of Industrial Revolutions and associated changes in human demographics, technology systems, cultures, and economic systems has been the evolution of an Earth in which the dynamics of major natural systems are increasingly dominated by human activity. Continued stability of both human and natural systems will require development of the ability to rationally design and manage coupled human-natural systems in a highly integrated and ethical fashion - an Earth Systems Engineering and Management (ESEM) capability.

The requirements of this course include regular participation in class discussions, two semester projects, homework as assigned, and reading of case studies and articles. Additionally, students will become familiar with design tools such as GIS and apply systems models and methodologies to ESEM case studies and projects.

Project/Case Assignments
The class conducts joint research on ESEM problems concurrent with the exploration of the frameworks, tools, cases, and context.  For the spring of 2004the course will focus on adaptive management and analysis of design changes for systems such as Everglades National Park, the Yellowstone-to-Yukon initiative, fish supply stability in the North Sea, and water management in Phoenix, AZ.

For this course, students will work in teams and analyze assigned case studies.  The team is responsible for preparing and submitting a case briefing through the toolkit web site two hours before the class metting when the case is due.  Each briefing should include (at a minimum): 

 Summary of the major decision(s) in the case.

Required Texts
Readings will be available through the course web site or handed out in class.

Topics

Grading
Reading Q&A:  15%
GIS Group Assignment: 5%
Project 1:  20%
       Part 1:  10%
       Part 2:  10%
Project 2 (presentation grading criteria)
       Part 1: Descriptive
       Part 2: Normative
       Part 3:  Transitional

Total Project 2 presentation grade: 25%
Final project paper:  15%
Final Exam:  10%
Class Participation and Attendance:  10%

Schedule (subject to change):

Last updated February 6th, 2004

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments to be submitted through toolkit are due by NOON!!!

Week
Date
Topic
Assignment Due
1
1/14
  • Intro to ESEM
  • Course/ESEM vision
  • Hand out Syllabus
  • Fill out index cards

2
1/19
  • Introduction to ESEM (Brad Allenby)
  • syllabus and policies
  • Read: ESEM Article
  • Submit reading and Q&A through toolkit
2
1/21
  • More on ESEM (Brad Allenby)
  • Discuss and assign Project 1 Part 1: Normative and Descriptive Scenario
3
1/26
  • Introduction to Systems Analysis Methodologies and Design Tools (Don Brown tape)
  • Read:  State of the World 1998 and Hindustan Lever
  • Submit Project 1 group choice through toolkit
4
2/2
  • Read: Environmental Business and Adaptive Management by Folke and Johnson
  • Submit reading Q&A through toolkit
4
2/4
  • Project 1 Part 1:  Normative and Descriptive Scenario Presentations
  • Submit Project 1 Part 1 Presentation through toolkit
5
2/9
  • Class Discussion facilitated with questions taken from readings and presentation.
  • Read:  Turning Good into Gold and Chapters 6&7 of the Industrial Ecology text
  • Submit reading Q&A through toolkit
5
2/11
  • Project 1 Part 2:  Complete Case Study presentations. 
  • Submit Project 1 Part 2 Presentation AND notes/bibliography through toolkit
6
2/16
  • Read GIS Intro Articles (Found under Assignment section of Toolkit)
6
2/18
  • GIS Application - Work Period
  • Yellowstone GIS Exercise
  • (Heather Pozun)
  • Work on GIS Projects
7
2/23
  • Begin to discuss Project 2
  • Discussion of Everglades Project
  • (Linda Blum)
7
2/25
  • GIS Reading on toolkit
8 3/1
8
3/3
  • Read Business of Consumption
  • Submit reading questions through toolkit by TUESDAY at NOON
9
3/8-3/13
  • Spring Break - No Class

10 3/15
  • Peruse Urban Systems websites and prepare Qs for Gorman and Heather
10 3/17
  • Assign Project 2 Groups
  • Assign Project 2 Part 1: Descriptive Scenario
  • Break up into project groups
  • Urban Ecology and Nanotechology reading on toolkit
  • Submit reading response Q&A and group project choices on toolkit
11 3/22
  • Read Mars Chapter 4 on toolkit and revisit Turning Good into Gold
  • Submit questions for Matt on toolkit
11 3/24
  • Submit Project 1 Part 1 Presentation through toolkit
12
3/29
12
3/31
  • Class discussion of precautionary principle and population modeling
13
4/5
  • Discussion of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology project
  • (David Rejeski)
13
4/7
  • Submit Project 2 Part 2 Presentation through toolkit
14
4/12
  • Submit reading Q&A through toolkit
14
4/14
  • Read:  Engineering World Article on Industrial Ecology by Allenby
  • Prepare 5 minute project briefing to share with Brad
15
4/19
  • Submit Project 2 Final Presentation through toolkit
16
4/26
  • Synthesis of Course Themes
  • Assign Final Essay
  • Submit Project 2 Final Paper through toolkit

As a group, submit a paper synthesizing your ideas on the project, focus on your recommendation for the system.  Draw on your previous presentations, notes and figures.  Imagine another student working on this project next year, where would you recommend that they start?  Would your focus have changed if you had the project to do over again?  If so, how?


5/6
  • Final Due to Gorman's Mailbox (in main TCC office) by 5pm!!!

Explain ESEM, using examples from lectures, projects and discussions, and critique the idea. What is valuable about it? What should be changed? How might ESEM transform education? What do you think the most important next step is in ESEM? 

You should spend approximately 3 hours on this exam, but you may take more time if needed.