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BI 378 Ecology
Gabor, Timothy M.


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Course

BI 378 Ecology

Semester

SP 2008 HO

Faculty

Gabor, Timothy M.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Wildlife, Texas A&M
MS, Biology, Memphis State
BS, Wildlife, U of Wisc--Stevens Point

Office Location

Sc 113A

Office Hours

MWF 9-11

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6869

E-Mail

tim.gabor@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/tgabor

Semester Dates

14 January--9 May 2008

Class Days

-M---F-

Class Time

12:25 - 1:40 PM

Prerequisites

BI 115 and CH 107

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

Smith and Smith. 2001.  Ecology and Field Biology, 6th edition. Benjamin Cummings, New York, New York, USA.
ISBN 0321068815 or ISBN 9780321068811

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Course Description:
A study of the interrelationships between organisms and their environment. Laboratory is included. Prerequisites: BI115 and CH107. 3:3:4

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 the 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


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:

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Exams                          2 @ 100 = 200 points

Final                             1 @ 100 = 100

Laboratory                                     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%

Grading:

ESTIMATED POINT VALUES:

Exams                          2 @ 100 = 200 points

Final                             1 @ 100 = 100

Laboratory                                     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.


No "extra credit" is available in this class.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Topic

Chapter(s)

1

Introduction

1

2

Physical Environment

2 & 3

3

Physical Environment

4

4

The Organism

5 & 6

5

The Organism

7 & 8

6

EXAM & Intraspecific Populations

10

7

Intraspecific Populations

11, 12, & 13

8

Interspecific Populations

14, 15, & 16

9

Interspecific Populations

17 & 18

10

Population Genetics

19

11

EXAM & The Community

20

12

The Community

21 & 22

13

The Community

23

14

The Ecosystem

24 & 25

15

The Ecosystem

26 & 27

16

EXAM

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Instructor's attendance policy.-- It is the student's responsibility to initial the attendance sheet each day they are in class.  Students may not initial for other students (even if they are in attendance); this constitutes academic dishonesty. Three absences (for any reason) are allowed without penalty; 5% will be deducted from the student's final grade for each additional absence.  Students more than 5 minutes late for class or that leave prior to the end of class will be considered absent.  If less than 5 minutes late, the student will be counted as tardy.  Two tardies constitute an absence.  Students who miss a class due to a school-sponsored event (e.g., athletics) will not be counted as absent if the instructor is given at least 1 week notice prior to the event and work is turned in and exams taken prior to the event.

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 .
Please inform the instructor of any allergies (latex, pollen, etc.) and/or other medical/physical conditions at the beginning of the semester that may need special attention during laboratories in the lab or outside in the field.



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 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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