SLO 4 - Students will be able to describe how they can use their discipline to make communities more sustainable

English Service Learning for Sustainable Futures

This English language course will develop spoken and written language skills through the theme of sustainable cities. We will examine environmental and technological issues in sustainability for Atlanta and students’ home country cities. Our primary classroom will be out in Atlanta: visiting examples of sustainable environments and hearing speakers. For service-learning, students will  work with a local after-school program, tutoring, playing with, and teaching children about sustainability.

Foundational Technologies in the Manufacture of Forest Bioproducts

A bio-based economy is emphasized in the course and how renewable resources may be used for the future of the world to replace fossil-based products and materials and energy sources.

Honors Biological Principles

The laboratory portions of the BIOL 1511 and 1521 courses are designed as research service-learning labs that integrate relevant community service with academic coursework to enhance learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. In partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (BIOL 1511) and the Piedmont Park Conservancy (BIOL 1521), students conduct research that benefits learning in biology and the greater Atlanta community.

Psychology Research Methods for HCI

How do you know what a user wants to see on a wearable display, whether an app feature is being used, whether a clickable button is better than a swipe, or whether a person who is blind can use your physical product? Research methods for HCI allow you to investigate such questions and develop evidence to inform design decisions. In this course, you will learn about common methods employed in user-centered and evidence-based design. You will also learn how to choose methods, plan studies, and perform research that is inclusive of users with a range of abilities. 

Technology and Poverty

This course encourages students to think about how they might design technologies with a focus on global development, paying special attention to the needs of underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities across the world.

Organizational Behavior

Organizational behavior (OB) is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand human behavior within organizations. It imports, integrates, and expands upon theory and research from areas such as psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, and communication. It places an emphasis on putting what we have learned from these fields into the context of the workplace.

Tokyo Smart City Studio Project

The urban design studio provides learning opportunities of students from city planning, architecture, engineering and policy. It focuses on physical form of c ties and plan making of ecologically sound, resilient and sustainable communities. The course introduces methods of representation, design, evaluation and decision making processes shaping sustainable communities. Students learn skills of design and their link to values of sustainability such as diversity, equity, ecological performance and climate sensitivity. 

Ecology Lab

Ecology Lab covers basic ecological phenomenon using urban ecological settings as the backdrop. As a class, we visit areas in the metro-Atlanta community to understand human-environment interactions within our ecosystem. We immerse ourselves in these communities to understand the short- and long-term consequences of environmental change and what ecologically can be done to keep ecosystems-- and related neighborhoods-- thriving.

Managing Human Resources in a Regulated Environment

During this course, we discuss important concepts such as the legal aspects of HR, training, selection recruitment, turnover, and performance among other topics. In addition, this course covers important emerging HR trends, including how organizations manage sustainability initiatives and corporate social responsibility. 

Capstone Design

Cities and communities in the U.S. and around the world are entering a new era of transformational change, in which their inhabitants and the surrounding built and natural environments are increasingly connected by smart technologies, leading to new opportunities for innovation, improved services, and enhanced quality of life.

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