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Engaging Students in Environmental Systems Management

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  078033.(doi:10.13031/2013.23028)
Authors:   Natalie J Carroll
Keywords:   Teaching, engaging students, case study(The ASABE disclaimer is on a footer on this page, and will show in Print Preview or Page Layout view)

This paper describes changes to a junior level course, Environmental Systems Management, taught at Purdue University in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The course helps students learn how to analyze and manage a variety of agriculturally related environmental problems. It covers a wide range of topics and incorporates computer-based decision tools when possible. Students have had a difficult time relating the diverse topics to their careers or personal choices, so a semester long, case study of an actual farm was implemented in 2006 to show students how many of the topics together. Student evaluations and informal discussions showed that the case study proved to be a useful teaching technique to engage students. The farm and other course materials may be viewed at:

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