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EVSP561 - Elements of Sustainable Design

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP561 Course ID: 3981 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an introduction to the philosophical and practical principles of green and sustainable design through the exploration of environmental issues, sustainable materials and methods, and public policy and decision making. Sustainability principles, policies, and programs that encourage and guide current initiatives are analyzed. Innovative strategies for implementing sustainable projects, programs, and practices are investigated through the review of case studies and completion of a final course project.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Distinguish the principles of sustainability and the roles of multiple disciplines in their effective implementation.
  • LO-2 Analyze the complex and dynamic interactions between humans and their environment.
  • LO-3 Assess the role of government policy at municipal, regional, national, and global levels in achieving sustainable development.
  • LO-4 Analyze the political, regulatory, and economic barriers that prevent full implementation of sustainable products, goods and services.
  • LO-5 Apply the principles of sustainability to complex environmental problems.
  • LO-6 Analyze the role of sustainability in meeting critical resource needs, such as renewable energy and water quality and quantity, on the local, regional, national, and global scale.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Case Studies 52.00 %
Case Study #1 13.00 %
Case Study #2 13.00 %
Case Study #3 13.00 %
Case Study #4 13.00 %
Final Project 24.00 %
Final Project Presentation 24.00 %

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Environmental Policy and Management: http://apus.campusguides.com/environmental_policy_management?hs=a

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.