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Advanced System Architecture, Spring 2006
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This course provides a deep understanding of engineering systems at a level ...

This course provides a deep understanding of engineering systems at a level intended for research on complex engineering systems. It provides a review and extension of what is known about system architecture and complexity from a theoretical point of view while examining the origins of and recent developments in the field. The class considers how and where the theory has been applied, and uses key analytical methods proposed. Students examine the level of observational (qualitative and quantitative) understanding necessary for successful use of the theoretical framework for a specific engineering system. Case studies apply the theory and principles to engineering systems.

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Architecture and Design
Management
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Magee, Christopher
Solid Mechanics, Fall 2004
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1.050 is a sophomore-level engineering mechanics course, commonly labeled "Statics and Strength ...

1.050 is a sophomore-level engineering mechanics course, commonly labeled "Statics and Strength of Materials" or "Solid Mechanics I." This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and methods of structural mechanics. Topics covered include: static equilibrium, force resultants, support conditions, analysis of determinate planar structures (beams, trusses, frames), stresses and strains in structural elements, states of stress (shear, bending, torsion), statically indeterminate systems, displacements and deformations, introduction to matrix methods, elastic stability, and approximate methods. Design exercises are used to encourage creative student initiative and systems thinking.

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Environmental Science
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Bucciarelli, Louis
Reforming Natural Resources Governance: Failings of Scientific Rationalism and Alternatives for Building Common Ground, January (IAP) 2007
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For the last century, precepts of scientific management and administrative rationality have ...

For the last century, precepts of scientific management and administrative rationality have concentrated power in the hands of technical specialists, which in recent decades has contributed to widespread disenfranchisement and discontent among stakeholders in natural resources cases. In this seminar we examine the limitations of scientific management as a model both for governance and for gathering and using information, and describe alternative methods for informing and organizing decision-making processes. We feature cases involving large carnivores in the West (mountain lions and grizzly bears), Northeast coastal fisheries, and adaptive management of the Colorado River. There will be nightly readings and a short written assignment.

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Environmental Science
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Karl, Herman
Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water & Agriculture
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This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with ...

This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the 19 lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking into lessons about different aspect of sustainability. Constant themes throughout the kit include social justice, climate change, energy, economics and unintended consequences.

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Arts and Humanities
Journalism
Agriculture
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Ithaca College
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Project Look Sharp
Author:
Sox Sperry
Role of Science and Scientists in Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Policymaking, Spring 2006
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This course examines joint fact-finding within the context of adaptive and ecosystem-based ...

This course examines joint fact-finding within the context of adaptive and ecosystem-based management. Challenges and obstacles to collaborative approaches for deciding environmental and natural resource policy and the institutional changes within federal agencies necessary to utilize joint fact-finding as a means to link science and societal decisions are discussed and reviewed with scientists and managers. Senior-level federal policymakers participate

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Karl, Herman
Exploring Emigration: Cultural Identity
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Middle school teacher Karen Daley begins by leading her class in a ...

Middle school teacher Karen Daley begins by leading her class in a discussion about culture. Karen shows a clip of a documentary about Sudanese immigrants in America, asking her class to think about the challenges the immigrants face in keeping their cultural identity alive. Karen leads her class in a discussion about the documentary and encourages students to make connections to the film. Students discuss similarities and differences between their experiences and the experiences of the Sudanese immigrants. Karen has students work in groups to answer questions about the documentary, encouraging critical thinking and empathy. Finally, students engage in reflection about how this lesson has affected them.

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Exploring Emigration: Maps & Migration
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After watching a film about Sudanese orphans (the "Lost Boys") who immigrate ...

After watching a film about Sudanese orphans (the "Lost Boys") who immigrate to America, middle school teacher Karen Daley has her students figure out multiple migration routes from Sudan to America. Students begin by looking at maps and tracing the six routes that were taken by the Lost Boys. Karen brings the class together to share the routes they traced using an interactive map. The class uses thematic maps to find out more about the routes that the Lost Boys took. As the students discuss their findings, Karen asks questions and guides the class to make connections.

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Systems Thinking 1: Introduction
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Introduction to the concept of a dynamic system. Includes discussion of system ...

Introduction to the concept of a dynamic system. Includes discussion of system and surroundings and system boundaries. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems Thinking 5: Systemic Interventions and Their Leverage
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This video, based on ideas of Donella Meadows (Thinking in Systems: A ...

This video, based on ideas of Donella Meadows (Thinking in Systems: A Primer | 2008, Chelsea Green Publishing), describes different types of interventions that are possible in a system and their potential leverage. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems Thinking 4: Using Aristotle's Model of Causality to Understand Systemic Behavior
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This video explains Aristotle's model of causality and how it can be ...

This video explains Aristotle's model of causality and how it can be used to gain insight into systemic behavior. Many of the ideas presented in this video have been contributed by Roger Burton. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems Thinking 2: Thermodynamic Systems
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This video explains thermodynamic systems, open and closed systems, and the four ...

This video explains thermodynamic systems, open and closed systems, and the four key properties of a system. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Systems Thinking 3: Causes of System Behavior - The Iceberg Analog
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This video looks at the cause of system behavior as being like ...

This video looks at the cause of system behavior as being like an iceberg. This idea was proposed by Peter Senge in his book, "The Fifth Discipline" (1990), Doubleday Publishers. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives, Assessment, and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Sustainable Development 2: How Do We Measure It?
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This video explores the meaning of sustainable development from a biomimicry view. ...

This video explores the meaning of sustainable development from a biomimicry view. It is largely based on the work of CS Holling and associates. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Water 4: The Water-Energy Connection
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This video looks at how water use and energy use are connected ...

This video looks at how water use and energy use are connected when industrial era technologies are used as the primary means of supplying process energy. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Hydrology
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Energy 3: Fossil Fuel Use and its Consequences - The Carbon Cycle
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This video goes through the carbon cycle and describes how using fossil ...

This video goes through the carbon cycle and describes how using fossil fuels threatens the foundation of the aquatic global food chain. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Water 3: Accounting For Our Water Needs
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How do we account for water use? What is the difference between ...

How do we account for water use? What is the difference between water consumed and water withdrawn? What is the water footprint tool? This video examines these questions. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Hydrology
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Water 2: The Hydrologic Cycle
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This video looks at how water is provided for our use through ...

This video looks at how water is provided for our use through the hydrologic cycle. It also explains how global climate change disturbs the storage of water in the various global compartments. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Hydrology
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Sustainable Development 3: Resilience: Following Nature's Example
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This video explores the meaning of sustainable development from a biomimicry view. ...

This video explores the meaning of sustainable development from a biomimicry view. It is largely based on the work of CS Holling and associates. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Sustainable Development 4: Human Impact - The IPAT Equation
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This video considers a model of human impact proposed by Ehrlich and ...

This video considers a model of human impact proposed by Ehrlich and Holdren called the "IPAT" equation. It reveals its underlying assumptions and the additional opportunities for reducing impact. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
Energy 4: Fossil Fuels and the Greenhouse Gas Effect
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This video describes in detail the greenhouse effect and how recovery from ...

This video describes in detail the greenhouse effect and how recovery from energy from fossile fuels results in green house gases. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa