EC.719 | Spring 2019 | Undergraduate

D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health

Instructor Insights

Instructor Insights

"We thought that looking at water and climate change in terms of human health, animal health, family health, and planetary health, and placing an emphasis on solutions would help to expand the circle of people who embrace the importance of responding to climate change."
— Susan Murcott

Below, Susan Murcott describes various aspects of how she and Juliet Simpson teach EC.719 D-Lab: Water, Climate Change, and Health.


The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 30% Participation
  • 10% Tutorial
  • 40% Term project
  • 15% Showcase final event
  • 5% Further development of term project

Curriculum Information



Requirements Satisfied

Unrestricted elective credits


Every spring semester

Student Information


Fewer than 10 students

Breakdown by Year

A mix of undergraduate and graduate students

Breakdown by Major

Various majors, including mechanical engineering, urban studies/planning, and management

Typical Student Background

Extremely varied, including American and international students from various institutions and with varying levels of previous experience

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:

In Class

Met 1 time per week for 3 hours per session; 14 sessions total; mandatory attendance

Out of Class

Completed readings; attended four field trips; met with team members to plan tutorials; worked on term project and presentations

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2019
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments
Projects with Examples
Lecture Notes
Instructor Insights