HES 2xx: Sustainability


The College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Alabama

A Systems Perspective:  An integrated way to understand the individual, the family, and the community… and the relationships created by their dynamic, interconnected, interdependent interactions.  We are diverse professions that serve those needs and interests.

Academic Departments in CHES:

  • Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design
  • Consumer Sciences
  • General Studies in HES
  • Health Science
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Nutrition & Hospitality Management

Each department contains a diverse group of majors… so… How are they related?

Through a Family Systems Theory that binds CHES majors together, and allows us as CHES professionals to better understand our clients/the consumer.

HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES is the relationship of humans and of humans to their ENVIRONMENT, improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Goals: to improve the life conditions of clients, to promote the best selection and use of consumer products and services, and to conduct research to solve individual, family and community problems.


This leads to my proposed online class…

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HES2xx: Sustainability


Introduction Module: Getting Started

Overview… for online learning

You will find that online courses require skills and habits that may be less essential in traditional courses. Successful students effectively manage their workload by setting up a regular time and location to study in an environment that is comfortable and free of clutter and distractions. You must not procrastinate on module assignments; instead, show initiative by completing your work well ahead of the due date. Working ahead will allow you time to overcome any technical problems you may encounter and make your online experience go more smoothly. Remember, technical difficulties do not constitute a valid excuse for late work, so planning and working ahead are essential. All technical questions should be directed to technical support while questions regarding course content should be addressed with your course faculty.


Objectives… for entire course

Upon the completion of this course, you will be prepared to do the following:

  • Demonstrate professional communication skills.
  • Participate and discuss sustainability as it relates to our environment/community, from a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Consider sustainability principles while developing personal and professional values.
  • Locate and cite reliable resources for information as it relates to sustainability within your chosen field.
  • Discuss sustainability as it relates to your chosen major within the HES family systems theory.
  • Explain how natural, economic, and social systems interact to foster or prevent sustainability.
  • Recognize trends and information pertaining to sustainability, and the importance of remaining current on topics.
  • Identify best practices pertaining to sustainability in your major field of interest.



There are general expectations concerning etiquette in an online course. Consider the following when interacting with others online:

  • Timeliness:Monitor course activity and respond to communications in a timely manner.
  • Confidentiality:Be discreet in online discussions and discourse. Avoid using names of people or facilities.
  • Language tone: The absence of face-to-face interaction increases the misinterpretation of written text. Avoid using offensive language, excessive exclamation points, sarcasm, acronyms, emoticons, and slang. Do not use all caps in your communications, as it is considered shouting.
  • Respect: Each student’s viewpoint is valued as an opinion. When responding to another person, be sure to state an opposing opinion in a diplomatic way. Disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks. Be careful what you write because you cannot use body language or tone of voice.
  • Diversity: Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings to class.
  • Brevity:Be concise when contributing to a discussion. Online courses require a lot of reading; therefore, your points may be missed if hidden in a flood of text.
  • Preparation: Read all posts in a discussion thread before you post a comment, so you do not repeat information. Proofread and spell check all messages before you post them.
  • Citation:Cite your references and do not plagiarize.


Library Services…

All students have access to the resources available at the UA Libraries. Please visit the UA Libraries Distance Education website for more information.

     Hoovers Long Distance Log-on:

  1. Log onto your myBama
  2. Click the “Library”tab
  3. Click on “Databases”in the Search Box
  4. type “Hoovers”into the Keyword Search box, located under Filter By Databases (to the right of the homepage)


Writing Center…

The University of Alabama Writing Center provides free professional tutoring to all UA students. They can help you with both general and discipline-specific composition. They also provide these resources to assist you.


Daily News Sources…

You should follow news that is relevant to your desired career and pay attention to current topics and trends in your field. Later this semester, you will be asked to discuss your daily news sources in the Daily News Sources Wiki. See Course Schedule [PDF] for due date. If you do not currently subscribe to any daily news sources, you need to do so. You can peruse the Internet for daily news sources, newsletters, and podcasts and subscribe to as many as you want. Below is a list of possible news sources:



Professional Emails: A Practical Guide

  • The University of Alabama had recognized e-mail as the official form of communication.
  • It is imperative that students in this class regularly check their crimson.ua.edu email accounts regarding communication for this course.
  • Part of moving forward as a professional will be using this format in this and your other classes.
  • I will not respond to emails if they are not correctly formatted.
  • EMAIL ME a quick message, correctly formatted, to let me know you understand this to darryl.thornton@ua.edu


PARTICIPATEin the online introduction discussion… through Cohort Map…


  • Introduce yourself to the class by showing us your location on the Cohort Map.
  • Attach/embed a video introduction using a fun fact about yourself and complete ALL components of the registration information, including; name, field of study (major), about me.
  • Comment on at least 5 other’s videos… stay positive and upbeat… and interesting…


TAKE… Introduction QUIZ … How Much Do You Know About Sustainability?


Module 1: Sustainability Introduction

The best-known definition of sustainable development is from the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future popularly known as ‘The Brundtland Report’ and is most commonly quoted as follows: ‘Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’



What is sustainability?  What is its history?   Let’s define and answer these questions and learn how to openly and effectively discuss where we are today with sustainability from a multi-disciplinary perspective.



  • Review the history, and the different types of sustainability; economic, social, and environmental.
  • Participate and discuss sustainability, as it relates to our environment/community, from a multidisciplinary approach.


WATCH…  The following Ted Talk on Sustainability…


READ… The following articles on the history of sustainability…

Lance Hosey: A Brief History of Sustainability … and… Nap.edu CH4


REVIEW… the following SlideShare presentation…

Ujjwal Datta: Introduction to Sustainability


PARTICIPATE… in online discussion… through FlipGrid


  • Record at least a 3-minute video discussing your understanding of the video and readings for this module…
  • Video must be engaging and reflective of the module information, with your take…
  • Respond to at least 5 other’s videos…


WRITE Reflective Journal 1…  Reflective Journal Essay Instructions and Rubric

Learning through reflecting is at the center of this course, and faculty guide students as they integrate intellectual knowledge with online community experience through the process of reflection… journaling…

  • Describe what you learned.
  • What did you see or observe through others?
  • How did you feel about the subject?
  • What connections do you find between personal experience and course readings?
  • What new ideas or insights did you gain?



Module 2: Sustainability Inter-relationships

How is sustainability in interior design and health studies related?

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Reflect on the academic approach of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

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