Solid Waste Audit Lab

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Over the course of the next seven weeks, you will be completing a progressive project called “Solid Waste Audit Lab.” This project will culminate in a lab report submitted during Week 7, but will have additional deliverables in Weeks 1, 3, and 5. Part of this project will involve a group discussion. Please review the full project details below, and reach out in the Ask the Instructor forum with any questions you may have before getting started.

Week 1: Observations and Hypothesis

1.To begin the lab, you will need to make general observations about your personal trash or solid waste. Consider the following questions:

How much trash do you personally generate?

Could you estimate how much by weight?

How long does it take you to fill up one trash can/bag?

How many bags of trash do you fill up in a week?

How does your trash use affect the environment?

What are the most common items in your trash?

Do you recycle or would you start recycling?

How does convenience affect your behavior?

Do you recycle correctly in relation to the services where you live?

Do you know all the options about how you can divert trash from the land fill?

2.Next, use EBSCOhost to search the keywords waste audit, reducing solid waste, municipal solid waste, or recycling. Find an article that is applicable to your personal waste observations, then summarize and cite the article.

3.Now it is time to make a hypothesis. In the Week 3 and Week 5 assignments you will be recording your waste output and comparing it to that of your peers, your state, and the U.S. overall average. Based on your observations and article from the first two steps of the Week 1 assignment, please choose a hypothesis below for this lab:

a.I generate more waste, on average, than my peers.

b.I generate less waste, on average, than my peers.

c.I recycle more of my waste, on average, than my peers.

d.I recycle less of my waste, on average, than my peers.

e.I generate more waste, on average, than the U.S. average.

f.I generate less waste, on average, than the U.S. average.

4.Then, for your Week 1 submission, write an Introduction to your lab report that includes a summary of your observations, a summary and citation of your chosen article, statement of your hypothesis and an explanation of why you chose that hypothesis, and a prediction of your lab results. Your prediction should be stated as an “if/then” statement. For example, “If I collect my trash for 24 hours, then the weight of my trash will be less than the average of my classmates.”

5.Submit your typed Introduction, in lab report format (see template), including a Reference page for your article, to the dropbox for grading in Week 1.

Below is the article from EBSCOhost

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true...


Exemplary

18-20 points

Proficient

16-17 points

Developing

14-15 points

Beginning

12-13 points

Inadequate

0-11 points

Comprehension of Assignment

(20% of grade)

Addressed the question completely and thoroughly. Provided additional supporting evidence, demonstrating a full comprehension of subject matter.

Addressed the question(s) completely and thoroughly.

Addressed the majority of the question(s).

Addressed minimal portions of the question(s).

Did not address the question(s).

Application of Course Knowledge and Content

(20% of grade)

Thorough technical application of course knowledge and content in a complete and concise manner.

Technical application of course knowledge and content is mostly accurate, concise and complete.

Technical application of course knowledge and content is partially accurate, concise and complete.

Technical application of course knowledge and content is minimally accurate, concise and complete.

Technical application of course knowledge and content is inaccurate and incomplete.

Organization of Ideas

(20% of grade)

Original ideas are effectively developed and presented in a logical, sequential order throughout the entire assignment. Includes adequate and appropriate supporting evidence.

Original ideas are effectively developed and presented in a logical, sequential order within a majority of the assignment. Includes acceptable supporting evidence

Original ideas are partially developed and presented in a somewhat logical, sequential order. Inadequate supporting evidence.

Original ideas are not present and/or not presented in a logical, sequential order. Organization is difficult to follow throughout the assignment. Lacks supporting evidence.

Little to no original ideas or organization present throughout the entire assignment. Lacks supporting evidence.

Writing Skills

(20% of grade)

Mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) are flawless, including proficient demonstration of citations and formatting throughout the entire assignment.

Mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) are accurate including demonstration of citations and formatting within a majority of the assignment.

Partial errors with mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) including demonstration of citations and formatting within minimal portions of the assignment.

Multiple errors with mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation), inaccurate demonstration of citations and formatting.

Assignment is incomprehensible due to multiple errors with mechanics (spelling, grammar, and punctuation). No demonstration of citations or formatting present.

Research Skills

(20% of grade)

Accurate and applicable use of resources relevant to the subject matter that enhance the overall assignment.

Appropriate use of resources relevant to the subject matter.

Adequate use of resources, not all resources relevant to the subject matter.

Minimal use of resources relevant to the subject matter.

No evidence of resources apparent.


Title (List your title being specific about what your research covers. Such as: Comparison of Personal Waste to the State Average) Student Name Class Grantham University Date Introduction: This should be your revised submission from week one. You will discuss your thoughts and observations of how much trash you used and how that led to your hypothesis. Connect the ideas from the article you found with these similar data points of your personal waste. Hypothesis: List the hypothesis you chose from the available list in Week 1. Then state your prediction in terms of the experiment, such as, “After collecting my trash for 24 hours, my personal trash will have less plastic than the average of my peers’ collected trash.” Methods: Explain what you did. Include steps taken for collecting your trash, categorizing your trash and measuring your trash as well as getting the data from your peers. This should be written in a step-by-step process and be clear enough that it could be repeated by someone else. Results: This should include tables and bar graphs. You need to summarize the data you collected, as well as well as your peers. Make sure your graphs and tables are well labeled so that anyone who is reading them could interpret them. 1. One table with the summary of: a. your trash categories, weights and totals b. your peers’ categories, weights and totals. c. Your state and national weights 2. One bar graph comparing: a. Your data b. The comparison data from the hypothesis You do not need to include the itemized list of your trash. Write out general trends, such as, “All data was similar in pape,” “One peer had more metal which raised the peer average,” etc. Conclusion: How did you interpret the data in the context of the hypothesis? For example, “Based on my percentage of plastic comprising 30% of my total trash, and my peers’ average being 10%, my hypothesis is rejected. I had a greater percentage of plastic than my peers.” Explain any significant details related to the experiment. For example, “Had I collected trash on a less busy day perhaps I would not have had so much trash.” What other things could be done to affect the outcome? What does the amount of trash you and your peers generate tell you about your ecological footprint? What options are there to divert waste from the landfill (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)? Based on what you learned, what other topics would be good for future research? Acknowledgements: Cite your references in APA format and acknowledge your group members.

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