FDSCI 203 – Environmental Stewardship Course Syllabus

Course Outcomes

Course Description

As individuals, it is often difficult to see or understand the consequences our decisions, actions, or existence may have on our environment, as well as those around us. The purpose of this class is to show the effects each one of us has as a member of a worldwide population of over seven billion, as well as the effects our population has on a local, regional, and global scale. The focus will be on how individually and collectively we impact the quality of our environment and human living conditions for both good and bad. Case studies will be used to examine an array of ecological, biological, agricultural, technological, economical, social, political, and other issues associated with a burgeoning human population. Class members will receive a foundation whereby they can make informed choices about their life, family, and community, and be better stewards of Earth’s resources.

Learning Model Architecture

We will be using the BYU-I Learning Model as a pattern for each week’s activities. Each week has a preparation section which will help you as you participate in the Teach One Another activities for the week - typically discussion boards and the current events assignment. You will have chances to ponder and prove by taking unit tests every other week and writing position papers.

Required Materials

The only required item for this course is the software listed below. Other readings, etc., are provided in the course. 

EcoBeaker: Isle Royale Simulation Software

This must be accessed from SimBio Software via the SimUText portal. Details regarding this purchase and technical support are found in this course page: Week 04>SimBio Software Purchase. If desired, you may make payment for the software using your student account. 


Directly through SimUText site - $5

Through University Store - $6. 25

Purchase your software by Wednesday of Week 04. 

Grading Policies

Your grade in this course will be based on your cumulative score from assignments, group participation, unit tests, exams, and other learning activities. The following is a break-down of your final grade:

Percent of final grade Course Activity

Group Discussion Boards

15% Activities
35% Position Papers
15% Unit Tests and Evaluations
5% Group Presentations
5% Final Exam

There will be many opportunities to assess your learning, participation, and performance; therefore, extra credit will not be extended to class members. As always, grades will be based on individual or group performance and participation, not on desire, effort, or time spent. Grades for this course will NOT be assigned using a normal or bell curve distribution (curving), but will be assigned using the standard University grading scale:

93 – 100% A 73 – 76% C
90 – 92% A- 70 – 72% C-
87 – 89% B+ 67 – 69% D+
83 – 86% B 63 – 66% D
80 – 82% B- 60 – 62% D
77 – 79% C+ less than 60% F


Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. There are tutors available to help you with writing questions and there may be course specific tutoring available. Check the details in the link provided.


Each student has a responsibility to carefully read assigned materials and instructions. Questions should be noted and directed to your instructor. You also have the responsibility to contribute to others' learning through your participation in discussion boards and review material with partners.

This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises based upon circumstances. Any changes will be available to view on the course documents.

Students with Disabilities

In compliance with applicable disability law, qualified students with a disability may be entitled to "reasonable accommodation." It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the instructor any special need he or she may have by the end of the first week of the semester.

University Policies

Read the University Policies found in the I-Learn folder titled, “Welcome.” See information about the following: Student Honor, Students with Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, and Complaints and Grievances.

Honor Code

Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Your commitment to live the Honor Code will contribute to the overall BYU-Idaho community. Your actions should be respectful and should foster an environment where all can feel the Spirit.

BYU-Idaho’s dress and grooming standards apply to all students, including online students. By adhering to the Honor Code you will create a learning environment, “consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” 

As followers of Christ, all BYU–Idaho students, staff, and faculty are expected to be honest in all their dealings. This also applies and extends to behavior and actions related to academic work. All work submitted for this course is expected to be your own original work. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. It is critical for students to understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty and misconduct, and strive to produce and submit only the results of their own effort and original work. To copy another person's work from the internet, a book, or from any other source and claiming it to be your own work, is plagiarism. 

If a student is determined to have committed plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, or any other form of academic dishonesty, the student will receive an automatic score of zero for the work in question. In addition, the student's name, an explanation of the offense, and the action taken will be reported to the Student Honor Office. Any subsequent violations of the honor code will result in the student's failing of the course, and possible further action, as deemed necessary, by the Student Honor Office. 

You should be aware that any sharing of materials or comments/discussion (no matter how innocent) about the content, material, format, or difficulty of a quiz, exam, or assignment to another student, before ALL students have submitted their work, is a full breach of your commitment to academic integrity, and is a violation of the Honor Code. For any questions regarding the BYU-Idaho Honor Code, please begin by visiting the BYU-Idaho Student Honor Office's website, where you can read further about any sections of the Honor Code, including: 

If you have further questions after reviewing all of the above-referenced materials, contact your professor. 

Sexual Misconduct

BYU-Idaho prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. Prohibited sex discrimination includes incidents of sexual harassment (including sexual violence), dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexually explicit or suggestive comments, and stalking (collectively "sexual misconduct").

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for my students and for the campus as a whole. University policy requires that I report all incidents of sexual misconduct that come to my attention. If you encounter sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@byui.edu or 208-496-9200. Additional information about sexual misconduct and available resources can be found at www.byui.edu/titleix.

Getting Started and Course Navigation

To begin your work in the course, finish reading this syllabus; then, work your way through all of the course pages in the Week 01 folder.

Each week, you should begin the lesson by reading the information in the Prepare page.

Generally, you will work through the items in each lesson folder in the order in which they appear in the navigation menu at the left. However, at times, you may need to return later to a specific activity, such as a discussion board in order to fully complete it.