Montana State University

LRES 591-801: Streamside Science: Hands-On Approaches to Water Quality Education

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Online
Jun 09-Aug 10, 2014
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $985.50 NSTA members receive a discount.
Instructor(s): Amber Kirkpatrick

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Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to increase the water resource knowledge of students through hands-on, field-based curriculum. To accomplish this, students will be asked to adopt a local stream and perform lab assignments "in the field" to better understand hands-on water quality monitoring techniques. The course will improve the teaching skills of secondary science teachers utilizing distant delivery technologies. By completing this course, secondary science teachers will have a better understanding and hands-on working knowledge of the characterization and quantification of water quality as it relates to secondary school science curriculum and environmental issues on a global scale. Curriculum standards will be linked to each lesson plan so that teachers can easily incorporate the content into their core curriculum.

See Course Overview and Syllabus (PDF). Please read this document for course expectations and details.

Meeting Place and Times

Since you will be required to adopt a stream for conducting experiments and analytics, it is important that you have access to the same stream for the duration of the course. Additionally, because this is a full semester course taught over 9 weeks, it is imperative that you are available to participate fully for the entire 9 weeks. Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to login at least 4 to 6 times per week and spend 12 to 16 hours each week that the course is in session to successfully complete this intensive/compressed 3 credit graduate level course. The time estimate above includes both the time teachers will spend on-line participating in group discussions, etc., and the time spent off-line working on assignments, projects, and lab activities.

Instructor(s)

Amber Kirkpatrick, MS. Amber Kirkpatrick received an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences-physical geography and soils-from Montana State University. As an undergraduate, she spent time in Australia via The International Student Exchange Program, and was awarded a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) research scholarship in wheat molecular genetics. Graduate research investigated constructed wetlands as an option for management of coal bed methane (CBM) product water locally and saline-sodic water globally. Professional experience centered on water quality monitoring including; water accounting and defining flow/sediment relationships for the Toston Irrigation District and monitoring water quality in the Jack Creek watershed for Moonlight Basin Ranch, a year-round resort community located in a high mountain setting adjacent to wilderness. Amber published two Extension Bulletins; “Irrigating with Limited Water Supplies” and “A Guide to Changing Plant Communities, with Emphasis on Salinizing Sites, in the Arid and Semi-Arid Northern Plains and Mountains Region”. Amber was instrumental in the development of Stream Side Science and was a co-instructor for four years but is now teaching the course on her own.

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree; teaching certification for secondary grades 8-12 science; two years of experience teaching science; completion of NTEN's offering Water Quality in the Classroom: A Characterization of the Science and Issues is recommended but not required.

Target Audience

In-service, place/professional bound 8-12 grade secondary science teachers, particularly those involved or assigned to teaching chemistry, physical and earth sciences, biology and geography.

Time Commitment:

12-16 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition$799.50
 Program Fee $175.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Total$985.50

Lab materials will be shipped to you by Montana State University before the beginning of the course. Some materials are covered by your materials fee (which is included in the Program Fee) and you can keep them while other lab equipment must be returned after the conclusion of the course (return shipping is at your expense). Return shipping does not need to be via express or anything, but can be returned by way of a more economical shipping rate. Your instructors will let you know which items will need to be returned to Montana State University. In addition, you will be expected to provide some material on your own - please thoroughly read the attached overview and syllabus for more detail on course materials.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form to receive your discount.

The Program Fee includes your materials fee. This covers the initial shipping of the materials/equipment to you; the items you are allowed to keep; and use of the other equipment that must be returned at the conclusion of the course (return shipping is your responsibility).

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Course Kit

Your course kit is covered by the materials fee (which is part of your Program Fee) that you paid at the time of registration, including textbook, supplemental reading materials, and lab materials and equipment. This will be provided by Montana State University a week or so before the course begins. Some items are covered by your course materials fee and will belong to you while other lab equipment must be returned to Montana State University following the conclusion of the course (return shipping is at your expense). Return shipping does not need to be via express, but you can return it by way of a more economical shipping rate. Your instructors will let you know which items must be returned.

It is required that you have access to a digital camera and computer connections for upload/download of jpg files, and it is likely you will be asked to find other household items for some of the lab activities.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact Amber Kirkpatrick at twodogsmt@yahoo.com.

How to Register

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