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BI 378 Ecology
Taulman, James


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

BI 378 Ecology

Semester

SP 2010 HO

Faculty

Taulman, James

Title

Assistant Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Zoology, University of Arkansas, postdoc Conservation Biology/GIS
MS Biology, Central Washington University
BA Math, BS Biology, Univ. Texas at Arlington

Office Location

Sc 101

Office Hours

Mon. and Wed. 9 - 10 AM, 1 - 2 PM, Tue. and Thur. 9 - 11 AM

Daytime Phone

816-584-6869

E-Mail

james.taulman@park.edu

Web Page

https://captain.park.edu/taulman/

Semester Dates

Jan. 11, 2010 - May 7, 2010

Class Days

Lecture: M-W-F, Lab Friday

Class Time

Lecture:  M-W-F 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Lab: F:  1:30 - 4:20 PM

Prerequisites

BI 115 Human Biology and CH 117 Intro. Chemistry

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

Elements of Ecology, 7th Ed., R. L. Smith and T. M. Smith.
ISBN-10: 0321559576
 

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Course Description:
BI378 Ecology: A study of the interrelationships between organisms and their environment.  The scientific method, evolution, population dynamics, ecosystems and biomes, climate, biogeography, and conservation of natural resources are all considered. 

Educational Philosophy:
In this class the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on lectures, class discussions, laboratories, exams, and various technologies.  Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering truth.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Design, implement, and research a field ecology experiment and report findings in a scientific paper.
  2. Define population, species, community, ecosystem, and biome and describe the interaction of biotic and abiotic components on these ecological groups.
  3. Evaluate demographic effects on the ecology of a population and community including the roles of competition, predation, niche and habitat.
  4. Interrelate the major theories and concepts of ecology such as disturbance, succession, niche, nutrient cycling, behavior, life history, competition, demography, and evolution.
  5. Assess anthropogenic influences in modern ecology


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply the approach to gathering and analyzing information generally accepted by the scientific community.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary theory, evidences, and importance.
  3. Analyze research results from ecological study.
  4. Synthesize current knowledge about a research topic.
  5. Complete an ecological study and present results in written and oral formats.
  6. Employ understanding of population dynamics, competition, and community interactions to discuss productive conservation measures.
  7. Utilize knowledge of ecosystem energy flows to imagine a sustainable lifestyle for the human race.
  8. Evaluate normal ecosystem processes and assess human impacts on those processes.
Core Assessment:

Conduct scientific research and prepare a scientific paper in the specific CSE format and style defined by the instructor (e.g. Journal of Wildlife Management; link:http://www.wildlife.org/publications/index.cfm?tname=journal)that provides a new knowledge to the field of ecology or elucidates previous knowledge in ecology.  The study should provide quantitative information that can be analyzed by statistical methods. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length excluding figures and literature cited.  A well-defined introduction, thesis statement, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion should be written concisely and informatively. Information covered in the paper should include:


 1.Description of the ecological question and the reasons it should be studied(CLO #1).


2. Adetailed description of the field, laboratory, and statistical methods used inthe study (CLO #1).


3. Aconcise report of the results that should use tables and/or figures (CLO #1).


4. Adiscussion of results that incorporates various scales (CLO #1,2,3,4):


a. population, community, ecosystem


b. geographic area (as defined by the study)


5. Adiscussion of results that interrelates several ecological theories such as(CLO # 1,2,3,4,5):


            a. niche & habitat


            b. succession


            c. behavior


            d. life history & evolution


            e. competition & predation


            f. demography


            g. nutrient cycling


            h. disturbance (includinganthropogenic influences)


            i. community interactions


6.Citations from scientific journals that support a) conducting the research, b)materials and methods used, and c) conclusions made from the experiment.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Lecture Exams 3 @ 100 points/each  = 300 points
Laboratory Exams 3 @ 100 points/each  = 300 points
Written research project report 150 points
Total points comprising grade  750 points

Grading:

Grading Scale: 
A = >= 90
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = <= 59

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students must notify instructor in advance of any absences by phone, email, or message to the Biology Department prior to the day of class or on class day.  Without prior notification of absence makeup tests will not be given.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices must be turned off during class.  In cases of special need cell phones should be set to "vibrate" and calls taken outside of class.  Please inform the instructor of special circumstances under which the student might need to receive cell phone calls during class.  Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol well be reported to the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs and removed from class.  Disruptive behavior will result in removal of the student from class for the day and that student receiving an absence for the day.  Multiple disruptions over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from class by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

A research project will be required in this course.  Each student will design and undertake a small study to evaluate and explore some aspect of ecological interactions involving plants or animals.  Students may work in pairs on a more complex study with permission of the instructor.  Results will be presented in a written report in scientific journal  format and in an oral presentation before the class. 

Week/Date                   Topic                                                                  Chapters            Lab

1, Jan. 11-15          Ecology, Climate                                                          1, 2               Data analysis
 
2, Jan. 18 - 22        Mon. holiday, Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments      3, 4               Age distribution curves,
                                                                                                                                       survivorship, population
                                                                                                                                       parameters                 
 
3, Jan. 25-29          Evolution and Plant Adaptations                                   5, 6               Hardy-Weinberg, evolution,
                                                                                                                                       Coevolution PowerPoint
   
4, Feb. 1-5             Exam #1, Animal Adaptations, Life History Patterns    7, 8                Test #1, compass, orientation,
                                                                                                                                       map making, radiotelemetry
                                                                                                                                       triangulation
 
5, Feb. 8-12           Population Dynamics                                                  9, 10, 11, 12   Population 
                                                                                                                                       estimation,  video:           
                                                                                                                                       Arithmetic, Population
                                                                                                                                       and Energy 
                            
6, Feb. 15-19         Mon. holiday, Species Interactions, Predation             13, 14             Global Dimming video 
                                                                                                                                                                
7, Feb. 22-26         Landscape Ecology, Ecosystem Energetics                 19, 20             Test #2, video
 
8, Mar. 1-5            Nutrient Cycling, Biogeochemical Cycles, Exam #2     21, 22             Open     
 
9, Mar. 8-12          Spring Break
 
10, Mar. 15-19      Human Ecology, Resource Use                                      27                Wind Farm tour 
 
11, Mar. 22-26      Habitat Loss and Conservation                                      28                 Radiotelemetry
 
12, Mar. 29 - Apr. 2  Climate Change                                                         29                 Terrestrial invertebrate
                                                                                                                                        sampling        
 
13, Apr. 5-9          Ecological Economics and Sustainability                         readings         Aquatic invertebrate sampling
                                                                                                                                         
 14, Apr. 12-16      Renewable Energy Technologies                                    readings        Vertebrate sampling,
                                                                                                                                        mammal, birds
15, Apr. 19-23      Reports                                                                                               Vegetation macroplotting
                                                                                                                                                     
16, Apr. 26-30      Review                                                                                                Review
 
17, May 3-7          Final Exam, Lecture: May 5, 10:15 - 12:15;                                         Lab:  May 7, 1:30 - 3:30

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Uses 12 or more peer-reviewed citations to accomplish assignment items 1, 2, 5, and 6. Uses 9-11 peer-reviewed citations to accomplish assignment items 1, 2, 5, and 6. Uses 6-8 peer-reviewed citations but does not accomplish assignment items 1, 2, 5, and 6. Uses lees than 6 peer-reviewed citations and does not accomplish assignment items 1, 2, 5, and 6. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Results section is statistically sound, tables/figures of results are provided, and methods of analysis are cited. Results section is statistically sound, tables/figures of results are provided. Results section is not statistically sound or tables/figures of results are not provided Results section is not statistically sound and tables/figures of results are not provided 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Assesses the outcomes of at least 6 parts of assignment item #5, both parts of assignment item #4, and provides citations for each Assesses the outcomes of 4-5 parts of assignment item #5, & both parts of assignment item #4. Assesses the outcomes of 2-3 parts of assignment item #5, 1 or 2 parts of assignment item #4. Assesses the outcomes of less than 2 of the assignment item #5 and 1 or less of assignment item #4. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
No factual errors 1-2 factual errors 3-4 factual errors 5+ factual errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Demonstrates mastery of 6 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 5 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 3-4 of the assignment items. Demonstrates mastery of 2 or less of the assignment items. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Integrates 6+ parts of assignment item #5 into the discussion of their results Integrates 4-5 parts of assignment item #5 into the discussion of their results Integrates 2-3 parts of assignment item #5 into the discussion of their results Integrates less than 2 parts of assignment item #5 into the discussion of their results 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provides a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style



 
Has 1 error in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style Has 2 errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style Has 3+ errors in providing a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and conclusion; and follows format guidelines based on defined CSE style 
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Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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