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Microplastics in Tampa Bay

Research and Proposed Approach

This is an individual assignment

Descriptions of most of the steps below can be found in chapter 1 of your Engineering Economic Analysis textbook in the “The Decision-Making Process” section.

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to orient you to the marine microplastics problem globally and locally so that you understand the scope of the problem and can identify how engineering solutions play an important part in addressing the issue. Through this assignment you will:

Step 1: Background Research (“Recognize the problem,” Ch. 1 of your Engineering Economic Analysis textbook)

Read/watch/listen to/view the resources provided for you on the Canvas Page: “Microplastics Problem Background Information” (linked here, in an announcement, and available in the “Pages” section of Canvas). Familiarize yourself with the microplastics issue, and the 2019 study on microplastics in Tampa Bay. You should conduct additional background research as you see fit, but ensure that you use only credible sources.

Step 2: Research Global Approaches (“Assemble the relevant data,” Ch. 1 of your Engineering Economic Analysis textbook)

This is where you will begin to assemble the relevant data (see the “Decision-Making Process” section of your economics textbook). You will continue to assemble the relevant data, including cost analyses, in future assignments; for now, focus on the questions below.

Conduct research to find out how the microplastics issue is being addressed globally. Find answers for the following questions:

Step 3: Determine Your Preferred Project Approach

The microplastics problem is extensive, and through your research, you have heard and read about a variety of ways that it is being addressed. Which approach would you prefer to take for this project: prevention, or cleanup?

Step 4: Define the Goal or Objective (“Define the Goal or Objective,” Ch. 1 of your Engineering Economic Analysis textbook)

Here, you will define a preliminary goal or objective. For this assignment, your goal or objective must be clear and concise, reflect careful attention to the problem, and align with the problem approach. You should read and expound upon the section in your textbook titled “2. Define the Goal or Objective,” and specifically attend to the specific requirements of this assignment.

With your team, you will revise and refine your goal or objective to something that you and your team agree on in principle and achievability.

Step 5: Summary

Offer a summary (1-2 paragraphs) of the above information. Summarize your thoughts on the microplastics problem, and how it is being addressed globally, nationally, and locally. Connect your approach to your goal or objective, as well as to instances around the world where countries and people are taking action. You will present this part of your assignment to your team during your 1st meeting.

Step 6: Submission

Formatting:

Format your submission so that you use each heading above (“Step 1: Background Research,” […] “Step 4: Define the Goal or Objective,” etc.), with your findings included below each heading. Your findings should be well organized and clearly defined, as demonstrated below (the example below is intended to demonstrate formatting, NOT answers, wording, specific countries, etc.). Include your name, date, and the course number and section at the top of your document.

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Econ #GEA Assignment 1 – Submission Formatting Exemplar.docx

Rubric

#GEA 1 Rubric

#GEA 1 Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBackground Research

5.0 pts

Full Marks

The (1) broad definition of the microplastics problem and the (2) problem as specifically related to Tampa Bay are presented in two to three sentences each. The statements are clear and concise, and they indicate that the student has completed the required reading and research and carefully attended to the problem.

2.5 pts

Partial Marks

One of the two required parts does not meet the sentence minimum, is not clear or concise, does not reflect careful reading or research, or is missing.

0.0 pts

No Marks

Neither of the required parts meet the sentence minimum, they are not written clearly or concisely, or they do not reflect careful reading or research; OR the background research section is missing.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch Global Approaches

5.0 pts

Full Marks

All required questions are answered clearly and concisely, and they indicate that the student has completed the required reading and research.

2.5 pts

Partial Marks

2-3 required questions are not answered clearly and concisely, do not reflect careful reading or research, or are missing.

0.0 pts

No Marks

More than 3 required questions are not answered clearly and concisely, do not reflect careful reading or research, or are missing; OR the research global approaches section is missing.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDetermine Your Preferred Project Approach

5.0 pts

Full Marks

You clearly and concisely explain (1) why you think your preferred approach (prevention or cleanup) is the better choice and (2) specifically describe your idea or ideas for the project. Your approach reflects careful attention to the reading and research.

2.5 pts

Partial Marks

One of the two required parts is not clear or concise, does not reflect attention to the reading or research, or is missing.

0.0 pts

No Marks

Neither of the required parts are written clearly or concisely, or they do not reflect attention to the reading or research; OR the project approach section is missing.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDefine the Goal or Objective

5.0 pts

Full Marks

The goal or objective of the project approach is clear and concise, reflects careful attention to the problem, and aligns with the problem approach.

2.5 pts

Partial Marks

The goal or objective is not clear or concise, does not reflect careful attention to the problem, or does not align with the project approach.

0.0 pts

No Marks

The goal or objective is missing.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary

7.5 pts

Full Marks

The summary is 1-2 paragraphs. It (1) clearly summarizes your thoughts on the microplastics problem and how it is being addressed globally, nationally, and locally; and (2) connects your approach to your goal or objective, as well as to instances around the world where countries and people are taking action.

3.75 pts

Partial Marks

The summary is less than 1 or more than 2 paragraphs; or one of the two required parts is not clear or is missing.

0.0 pts

No Marks

Neither of the required parts are clear; OR the summary is missing.

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSubmission Formatting

2.5 pts

Full Marks

The submission is formatted as outlined in the example.

0.0 pts

No Marks

The submission is not formatted as outlined in the example.

2.5 pts

Total Points: 30.0