Each student will be expected to successfully complete five projects:
Project 1 is a 'facilitating change' project. This is a practical project experience where you take part in a grassroots organization, observe a city council meeting, join a campus group that focuses on sustainability (e.g. the SOUL Garden), volunteer a few hours at the Raleigh City Farm or the like, or make a lifestyle change and track your progress all semester (e.g. biking more, tracking your recycling habits, etc.). By the end of the semester (but at any point up until then), submit a 1 page (min.) report on your experience on the Moodle site (a place to submit them will be in the block for the last week of class). Assigned: Week 2; Due: Week 15.
Project 2 is a permaculture-based landscape design, using principles discussed in class to date. Assigned: Week 3, Due: Week 5.
Project 3 is a garden from seed. Each student will grow something edible from seed starting the last week of September. The garden must be documented from inception and presented in a power point presentation, with at least one image taken each week, and notes. (You'll most likely want to take more images--especially at the beginning as seeds germinate--It's exciting!) Assigned: Week 6, Due: Week 15.
Project 4 is a design for a tiny dwelling (no more than 600 sf for a couple). Assigned: Week 7; Due: Week 9.
Project 5 is a building project. It can be the design and actual construction of some component of a permaculture system; the complete analysis and design of some project or site using permaculture principles; or any other major work that you can propose. Ideally, this should be a group project--again, to embrace the idea of community, but also to demonstrate that 'many hands make for light work.' These projects will also be presented using a power point format, and the presentation of these will be made during the second to last week of class. Assigned: Week 10; Due: Week 14.
Grading of Assignments:
Exercises and projects will be based on the following criteria:
100-90% (A): outstanding academic performance, only minor mistakes that would not critically affect the overall solutions; all technical data is complete and accurate; documentation quality is excellent; high level of critical thought and design process apparent, all work is submitted on time, all project requirements followed. A+ 98-100, A 94-97, A- 90-93
89-80% (B): very good to good academic performance, minor mistakes are not critical, but overall solution is affected; good level of critical thought and design process apparent, technical data is complete and accurate; documentation quality is good but could use improvement; work submitted on time. B+ 88-89, B 84-87, B- 80-83
79-70% (C): average academic performance, mistakes are apparent that seriously affect the solution, technical data is incomplete or contain inaccuracies; documentation quality is average and needs improvement. C+ 78-79, C 74-77, C- 70-73
69-60% (D): poor academic performance, solution not workable, major errors in technical data and accuracy; documentation quality poor. Work does not reflect lessons/course material. D+ 68-69, D 64-67, D- 60-63
59-50% (F): failing, work incomplete, no evidence of comprehension of material, work not submitted. 59 points or less.