Jun 06-Aug 05, 2016
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Amber Kirkpatrick
Course DescriptionThe 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.
Please read these documents for course expectations and details:
Course Overview (PDF)
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.
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.
PrerequisitesBachelor'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 AudienceIn-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
If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
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.
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 instructor will let you know which items must be returned.
This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.
For More Information
Contact Amber Kirkpatrick at email@example.com.
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