Do you have questions about this class? Sure you do! Most of these questions have been asked before multiple times. There is no punishment for asking them again, but if you sort through these, you will find out all kinds of things about the class without having to wait for me or a TA to respond.
Question: What is ESRM100/ENVIR110?
Answer: ESRM100 is designed primarily as an elective to meet the Natural World (NW) and the Individuals and Society (I&S) requirements. There is no pre-requisite except an interest in the environment. However, we will give students a broad exposure to Environmental Science, ranging from the general structure of the earth and how it works to address issues like biological diversity, pollution, and global warming. Case examples range from local to global environmental issues. This is a fun course for both students and the instructor, and we think we will change your present opinion of environmental science. Click here for SYLLABUS for the course.
Answer: Instead of giving
out numerous handouts, and having the chance that you
might miss something important, all class announcements
will be distributed by email. When you register
for the class, your UW email address will be
automatically added to the ESRM100/ENVIR110 distribution list by the end of the
To Forward UW Email to Another
Look for emails from us during the first week of classes. If you receive emails that are addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, you are on the list. Do not reply directly to these messages. Only the instructors and TA's are authorized to use the distribution list, so any message you send to the address listed above will be bounced back to you and not received by us. If you need to send the TA's a message or ask a question, use email@example.com.
To Obtain a UW Email Address:
If you don't receive aabout one email from us per week, you are not on the list. In this case, you need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org quickly, as you might miss an important announcement.
To View Previous Emails:
Question: Where is the syllabus?
The syllabus has all due dates
posted on it, so you should check it out if you have a
question. If there is a change in plans, it will
reflect those changes. If you do not meet a due
date, by all means, do the requirement as soon as
possible and post, publish, or otherwise finish it.
Please check your assignments to make sure they have
been posted correctly.
Question: Can I get
writing credit for ESRM100/ENVIR110?
You must make arrangements with the ESRM100/ENVIR110 TA's
(email@example.com) to complete the extra work
required to meet the W-credit criteria. We require that
you ask to do this by the end of the first week of
Please read the W
credit requirements page for more detailed
Answer: Send questions to
is the first place to ask a question about ESRM100/ENVIR110 material and requirements. All
instructors and TA's will try and answer the question
quickly and accurately. If you type in a short
description of the problem in the subject line, this can
also help us to prioritize answering.
receive a considerable amount of spam, it will be
difficult to deal with emails that don't come from your UW
Answer: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org from a UW email account. This is for grading questions, personal questions, questions about TA's and other students, and anything you don't feel comfortable to send to a TA. Don't worry about hurting my feelings or the possibility of reprisal. I welcome complaints as a way of improving the course. I don't hold grudges.
Any email originating from a UW account or that contains
"ESRM100" or "ESRM 100" in the subject line
will not be filtered into the trash and will be read and
Answer: Our TA's are divided up according to the sections and parts of the class. Some are responsible for coordinating things, etc. For questions about the technical material in the class, including grading, please ask Rob. To get together with a TA, send an email to email@example.com.
The course email address for all TA's is: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the email address that will be checked daily and from which you will receive the most prompt reply. If you would like to speak with a specific TA, you may request an appointment with that specific TA through the eschelp account. We will forward your request directly to the TA you request.
50% for Exams;
25% for GoPost Discussion List
25% for Project
100% of grade
Instructions for most of this is
given below, as well as on the syllabus. A "curve"
may or may not be applied depending on class
performance. In previous years, a curve has always
been applied to bring the class average up to the UW
average for a 100-level course. For such a large
class as this, I use the University of Washington
average for 100-level classes, which is presently
3.3. If the class average is higher than 3.3, I
give those grades without a curve. If the class
average is less than 3.3, I scale the average up to
3.3. The curve will be applied at the end of the
quarter on the entire class grade, not on individual
requirements (exams, projects, etc.). The
following link shows the normal grading scale (click here).
Here is an example of how the grading
Exam 1 90.0 25% 22.5
Exam 2 80.0 25% 20.0
Exam 3 75.0 dropped
GoPost Discussion 90.0 25.0% 22.5
Project 80 25 20.0
final score 100.0% 85.0
Your final grade would be at least 3.1, depending on any curve
Answer: You can opt to do one of the
three following projects:
Question: What about Extra Credit?
Plagiarism, in plain and simple terms, is the stealing of
someone else's words or ideas. If you don't know
what constitutes plagiarism, please visit the UW site at:
Exams will include 40 multiple-choice
questions. Scantron sheets will be provided for
students to take the exam.
Questions will come from the reading, the online lectures,
the current issues slides, and perhaps two from the
discussion list, so we suggest you study from all of these
sources. The exams are non-cumulative. Exam 1 is on
Chapters 1-7, Exam 2 Chapters 8-13, and Exam 3 Chapters
14-19. You can study some of the previous exams available
on the class website, but we'd suggest you also study the
text and online lectures.
Question: What is the ESRM100/ENVIR110
Grade Appeal Policy?
However, I also realize that it is unfair to give more credit that is warranted by the answer given. In ESRM100/ENVIR110, requesting additional points isn't a fishing expedition, so you need to demonstrate to me that you actually did answer the question better than I thought.
The following policy applies to asking for more credit for any work done in the class:
1) You will become the "grader" for your answer.
2) Write down your SPECIFIC reasoning for more points than you were initially given. You should explain exactly why the grade wasn't correct, and how an answer or work was worth more credit than credit given.
3) State exactly how many points you feel the answer deserved. I will only give that amount of points or nothing. You could break down specific parts of the answer by the amounts of point, with the total not exceeding the number of points for that question.
4) Submit your reasoning by email with the subject heading "ESRM100 GRADE APPEAL-your name." I'll grade it and return your exam with my reasoning for why I accept your reasoning or not.