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  • interpret quantitative information to determine effects of human activity on the environment and to evaluate environmentally sustainable decisions
  • effectively communicate and use scientific evidence regarding human impact on the environment with emphasize on sustainability and global citizenship

Data Project 1

Due date: Tuesday, November 2 by 11:59 PM ET.

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For this project, you will use the class data posted in the “Shared Data” Discussion containing the Week 1 Ecological Footprint Data Tables.  

This data project will address Course Outcomes 1 and 3:

· interpret quantitative information to determine effects of human activity on the environment and to evaluate environmentally sustainable decisions

· effectively communicate and use scientific evidence regarding human impact on the environment with emphasize on sustainability and global citizenship

Description

This data project will be composed of two parts. 

In Part I of your report, you will compile class data from the Week 1 Eco Moment on our Ecological Footprints (found in the “Shared Data” Discussion under Ecological Footprint Data) and summarize/analyze it with Excel (or similar spreadsheet program).  Discuss what trend(s) you see in the class data that relate to course concepts.  Think about the best way to present your findings–tabular or graphical form?  There is no “right answer” here, as long as you pick a format that highlights your main findings and support your table(s) and/or graph(s) with clear text that interpret the results.  Do any of the findings surprise you?  Why or why not? 

In Part II, you will research and discuss possible solutions to the environmental problems reflected in the class data. Here, you will want to support your argument with reliable, scientific resources (e.g., peer-reviewed scientific papers, white papers, and government websites). Be sure to end with a strong concluding paragraph that summarizes the main data trend(s), along with the merits and relevance of your chosen solution(s).

Format

The page limit for your written report for both Part I and Part II is 2 pages, plus 1 page for the data table/graph(s) you use to present your findings in Part I. The page limit does not include an optional title page, the reference list, and the appendix with the raw class data. The report should be double-spaced with one-inch margins all around and use a 12-pt font.

Here is the order in which to present the various project components:

1. Part I = describe the class data we collected, include the methodology, relevant web tool (if applicable), the mean and sample size for each result, table/graph(s) that depict the main findings and/or trends; interpret the table/graph(s) for the reader

2. Part II = summarize research on possible solutions; be sure to incorporate reliable in-text citations and focus on relevant, attainable solutions

3. Reference List

4. Appendix of Raw Data = screenshot or copy in the Excel table showing all the class data (no analysis or mean)

NSCI 362

Data Projects – Grading Rubric

Criterion Meets Expectations Below Expectations Missing or Incorrect

Reported Personal

Data

(10 points possible)

10-9

Shared complete data in “Shared

Data” Discussion on time and in

required format.

8-7

Shared incomplete data in

“Shared Data” Discussion or

shared data late.

6-0

Shared incomplete data in

“Shared Data” Discussion and

shared data late.

Data Compilation

(10 points possible)

10-9

Accurately compiled data from

the class discussions. Raw data

was included as an Appendix.

8-7

Accurately compiled data from

the class discussions with a few

errors. Raw data was included as

an Appendix.

6-0

Accurately compiled data from

the class discussions with many

errors and/or raw data was

omitted.

Data Analysis

(25 points possible)

25-22

Accurately summarized and

described the data with

appropriate use of tables and

graphs.

21-16

Summarized and described the

data with some errors or

inappropriate use of tables and

graphs.

15-0

Data summary was flawed and/or

omitted key points; ineffective

use of tables and graphs.

Solutions Explored

(45 points possible)

45-41

Researches and proposes 2-3

relevant solutions to the

environmental problems exposed

in the data analysis.

40-32

Researches and proposes 1

relevant solution to the

environmental problems exposed

in the data analysis.

31-0

Proposes weak or irrelevant

solutions to the environmental

problems exposed in the data

analysis.

Scholarly APA

References

(10 points possible)

10-9

3-4 reliable scientific resources

incorporated. All references in

APA style, properly cited with in-

text and reference listings.

8-7

2 reliable scientific resources

incorporated. References in APA

style, properly cited with in-text

and reference listings.

6-0

No or only one reliable scientific

resource incorporated. Improper

use of APA style and/or missing

in-text and reference listings.

Effective Writing

(10 points possible)

10-9

Well organized, no

stylistic/grammatical errors

8-7

Organized, few

stylistic/grammatical errors

6-0

Poor organization, many

stylistic/grammatical errors

Format

(10 points possible)

10-9

Paper met all of the formatting

guidelines:

2 pp report and 1p table/graph(s)

(excludes title page, reference

list, and raw data appendix);

double-spaced, 12-pt font and 1”

margins

8-7

Paper met most of the formatting

guidelines:

2 pp report and 1p table/graph(s)

(excludes title page, reference

list, and raw data appendix);

double-spaced, 12-pt font and 1”

margins

6-0

Paper few most of the formatting

guidelines:

2 pp report and 1p table/graph(s)

(excludes title page, reference

list, and raw data appendix);

double-spaced, 12-pt font and 1”

margins

TOTAL 105 or more 84 or more 0 or more

Sheet1

Ecological Footprint Data Table
Survey Yourself
On average, I eat some form of meat (fish, chicken, etc.) for ______ meals per day / ______ days per week.
On average, I use ______ plastic bags to carry home groceries of other purchased goods each week.
On average, I use ______ bottled waters each day.
On average, I bring in ______ homemade packed lunches to school/work each week.
On average, ______% of my groceries are certified-organic each week:
Your Ecological Footprint
My Ecological Footprint is ______ global hectares (gha) or ______ acres. (Tip: 1 gha = 2.5 acres)
My Ecological Footprint is broken down in the following consumption categories:
Food: ______ gha
Shelter: ______ gha
Mobility: ______ gha
Goods: ______ gha
Services: ______ gha
If everyone lived like you, we would need ______ Earths.

JOSEPH ARTHUR( MY PERSONAL TABLE )

On average, I eat some form of meat (fish, chicken, etc.) for 1 meals per day / 4 days per week.
On average, I use 4 plastic bags to carry home groceries of other purchased goods each week.
On average, I use 3 bottled waters each day.
On average, I bring in 4 homemade packed lunches to school/work each week.
On average, 30% of my groceries are certified-organic each week:
Your Ecological Footprint
My Ecological Footprint is 8.9 global hectares (gha) or 22.25 acres. (Tip: 1 gha = 2.5 acres)
My Ecological Footprint is broken down in the following consumption categories:Food: 1.7 ghaShelter: 2.3 ghaMobility: 1.8 ghaGoods: 1.5 ghaServices: 1.6 gha
If everyone lived like me, we would need 5.4 Earths.

Fisher Brandon

Ecological Footprint Data Table

Survey Yourself

On average, I eat some form of meat (fish, chicken, etc.) for 3 meals per day /7 days per week.

On average, I use 20 plastic bags to carry home groceries of other purchased goods each week.

On average, I use 4bottled waters each day.

On average, I bring in 4 homemade packed lunches to school/work each week.

On average,15 % of my groceries are certified-organic each week:

Your Ecological Footprint

My Ecological Footprint is 7.9 global hectares (gha) or 19.75 acres. (Tip: 1 gha = 2.5 acres)

My Ecological Footprint is broken down in the following consumption categories:

Food: 1.9 gha

Shelter: 1.7 gha

Mobility: 2.5 gha

Goods: .6 gha

Services: 1.2 gha

If everyone lived like you, we would need 4.9 Earths.

Corinna Brown

On average, I eat some form of meat (fish, chicken, etc.) for 1 meal per day / 7 days per week.

On average, I use 2 plastic bags to carry home groceries or other purchased goods each week.

On average, I use 0 bottled water each day.

On average, I bring in 0 homemade packed lunches to school/work each week.

On average, 40% of my groceries are certified-organic each week:

Your Ecological Footprint

My Ecological Footprint is 10.7 global hectares (gha) or 26.75 acres. (Tip: 1 gha = 2.5 acres)

My Ecological Footprint is broken down into the following consumption categories:

Food: 1.1 gha

Shelter: 1.7 gha

Mobility: 2.7 gha

Goods: 3.4 gha

Services: 1.8 gha

If everyone lived like you, we would need 6.7 Earths.

Aaron Mitchell

On average, I eat some form of meat (fish, chicken, etc.) for __2__ meals per day / __7__ days per week.

On average, I use __7__ plastic bags to carry home groceries of other purchased goods each week.

On average, I use __0__ bottled waters each day.

On average, I bring in __8__ homemade packed lunches to school/work each week.

On average, __20__% of my groceries are certified-organic each week:

Your Ecological Footprint

My Ecological Footprint is __5.9__ global hectares (gha) or __14.75__ acres. (Tip: 1 gha = 2.5 acres)

My Ecological Footprint is broken down in the following consumption categories:

Food: __1.6__ gha

Shelter: __1.6__ gha

Mobility: __1.2__ gha

Goods: __0.4__ gha

Services: __1__ gha

If everyone lived like you, we would need __3.6__ Earths.

On average, I eat some form of meat (fish, chicken, etc.) for 2 meals per day / 7 days per week.
On average, I use 10 plastic bags to carry home groceries of other purchased goods each week.
On average, I use 4 bottled waters each day.
On average, I bring in 3 homemade packed lunches to school/work each week. (telework)
On average, 30% of my groceries are certified-organic each week:
My Ecological Footprint
My Ecological Footprint is 8.7 global hectares (gha) or 21.75 acres. (Tip: 1 gha = 2.5 acres)
My Ecological Footprint is broken down in the following consumption categories:Food: 3.2 ghaShelter: 1.5 ghaMobility: 0.9 ghaGoods: 1.5 ghaServices: 1.5 gha
If everyone lived like me, we would need 5.3 Earths.

WALTERS KADEDRA

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