BI 378 Ecology
SP 2008 HO
Gabor, Timothy M.
Associate Professor of Biology
PhD, Wildlife, Texas A&MMS, Biology, Memphis StateBS, Wildlife, U of Wisc--Stevens Point
14 January--9 May 2008
12:25 - 1:40 PM
BI 115 and CH 107
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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 the truth.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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
d. life history & evolution
e. competition & predation
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 RubricClass Assessment:
ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:
Exams 2 @ 100 = 200 points
Final 1 @ 100 = 100
Research Paper 200
Total 600 points
MINIMUM GRADE GIVEN IN COURSE:
A = 90.0% and higher
B = 80.0%
C = 70.0%
D = 60.0%
F = less than 60.0%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due by the date and time specified. Assignments not received by this time will be given a grade of zero. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date. Assignments that are mailed, e-mailed, slid under the door, etc. will not be graded.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class, and must be turned off and put away. Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day. Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, leaving the classroom repeatedly during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent. Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.
2 & 3
5 & 6
7 & 8
EXAM & Intraspecific Populations
11, 12, & 13
14, 15, & 16
17 & 18
EXAM & The Community
21 & 22
24 & 25
26 & 27
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