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EVEN 4100 Environmental Sampling and
Analysis
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Fall 2014
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Course EVEN 4100 Environmental Sampling and Analysis is a three-credit lecture
Description and laboratory course in which you will be introduced to the basics of
characterization of sites contaminated by hazardous waste. What you
learn in EVEN 4100 should be useful for starting a career in
environmental consulting.
The lectures will cover procedures and techniques for characterization of
hazardous waste sites. The lectures will be supplemented by background
readings. The lectures and readings will be available on the course web
site on the Schedule and Extra Readings pages. Most of the lectures will
be given by the course instructors, and some will be given by guest
lecturers with expertise in particular areas. The lectures will include
instruction of the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
(HAZWOPER) curriculum for certification.
The laboratory sessions will provide hands-on experience with field
sampling and laboratory analysis techniques. Some of the lab sessions
will be conducted in the field guided by the course instructors and, in
some cases, by guests. Some of the lab sessions will involve analytic
work. Some of the lab activities will be completed as teams, and some
will be completed individually.
Course 1. Understand the basic procedures and techniques of environmental site
Objectives assessment;
2. Learn hands-on skills for environmental site assessment;
3. Develop team work techniques;
4. Improve writing skiils for technical reports; and
5. Obtain certification for HAZWOPER.
Prerequisites To take EVEN 4100, you need to have taken CVEN 4404 Water Chemistry
and CVEN 3313 Theoretical Fluid Mechanics. If you have taken the
equivalents of these courses, you may request instructor permission to
register.
What to Expect In the past, EVEN 4100 has been taught by adjunct instructors currently
working in the the field of environmental consulting. These instructors
brought first-hand knowledge to the course. My experience in
environmental consulting dates back about two decades now, but to keep
the course up to date, I will be drawing upon numerous guest lecturers
and field experts.
Communication Lectures, laboratory assignments, and extra materials will be will be
posted on this web site. Lectures will be available as Microsoft
PowerPoint files on the Schedule page by the morning of each class (if all
goes right with my schedule!). They can be viewed, printed for class, or
downloaded for studying.
I'll use email for general notices, changes in assignments, and timesensitive changes in schedule. Please pay attention to email before
laboratories.
Numerical Laboratory Assignments (18 points total)
Number: six, 3 point each
Grading
Format: responses to questions in laboratory assignments
Due Dates: usually one week after the laboratory period
Collaboration: To be specified for each assignment -- some submitted
individually, some submitted as teams (~ 3-4 people)
Grading: by instructors (3 complete, accurate, and thorough; 2
complete, mostly accurate and thorough; 1 incomplete or largely
inaccurate; 0 not submitted on time)
Site Assessment Plan
Plan Presentation (3 points total)
Number: one, 5 points
Format: technical presentation -- details to be provided -- length 20 min
Due Date: Last two lectures
Collaboration: team (~ 3-4 people) effort.
Grading: instructors -- details to be provided
Site Assessment Plan Report (15 points total)
Number: one, 15 points
Format: technical report -- details to be provided -- length 15 pages
Due Date: Last lecture period
Collaboration: team (~ 3-4 people) effort.
Grading: instructors -- details to be provided
Letter Grading Letter grades will be assigned on the basis of this scale:
A: complete or near-complete mastery of the course material,
completion of all assignments, and consistent participation in class
B: thorough understanding of the course material, completion of all
assignments, and consistent participation in class
C: insufficient understanding of the course material, one or two
incomplete assignments, or lack of participation in class.
D: poor understanding of the course material, three or four incomplete
assignments, or lack of participation in class.
F: no understanding of the course material, five or more incomplete
assignments, or frequent (unexcused) absence from class.
University Students with disabilities will be accommodated in class following
Policies University policy.
Students with conflicts between religious observance dates and course
examinations or assignments may request a change in the course
schedule following University policy.
Inappropriate and disruptive class room behavior will be dealt with
following University policy.
Breaches of academic integrity will be dealt with following University
policy.
Discrimination or sexual harassment will be addressed following
University policy.
Instructors Prof. Joe Ryan
office: Engineering Center, room ECES 120
phone: 303 492 0772
email
web: http://www.colorado.edu/ceae/environmental/ryan/
office hours: see course home page
Jackson Webster, Ph.D. candidate
office: U.S. Geological Survey, East Research Campus
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