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BI 301 Human Ecology
Pereira, Stephen


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

BI 301 Human Ecology

Semester

S1SS 2013 RA

Faculty

Pereira, Stephen

Title

Biology Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S Biology
M.S Biology

Office Location

Room 208

Office Hours

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Daytime Phone

(210)566-9595

Other Phone

(210)629-8549

E-Mail

stephen.pereira@park.edu

spereira3@verizon.net

Web Page

http://park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 to March 10, 2013

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:40 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Text: Environmental Science, A Study of Interrelationships 11th edition ISBN text:978-0-07-305028-7 by Enger and Smith published by Mc Graw Hill (www.mhhe.com).
 
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Additional Resources:

Provided in the webliography, class "Resource Links" or in the weekly written assignment discussion links.

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Course Description:
BI301 Human Ecology : The relationship of man to his physical and biological world. Topics include population, food supply, energy, industry, pollution, and natural resources as well as the cultural patterns of humans and their effects on the environment. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This course is based on text readings,internet research and applied interactions amongst students. A wide variety of learning skills are encouraged. Depth and competence come from the expanded resoucres and exchange of world views about ecology and envirnmental science. Through a broad and yet personal exploration of the world around them, students will achieve skills they neeed for their futures. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define basic terms in ecology.
  2. Evaluate key environmental issues in various parts of the world and describe the process of trying to resolve environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally.
  3. Predict and describe how humans impact their ecosystems and the biosphere.
  4. Compare and contrast basic environmental philosophies.


Core Assessment:

Create a review 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 an overview of a specific environmental problem, endangered or threatened species, or environmentally-sensitive ecosystem approved by the instructor. The paper should be at least 10 pages in length (double spaced and 10-12 point font) excluding title page, table of contents, tables, figures, and literature cited.  Awell-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sectionswithin), and conclusion should be apparent. Information covered in the paper should include:

 

Assignment Issues:

1. Define the ecological problem and its causes. (CLO # 1, 2, 3)

2. Incorporate interrelatedness of other species in the same area. (CLO # 2, 3)

3. Incorporate interrelatedness of abiotic resources in the same area. (CLO # 1, 2)

4. Describe anthropogenic influences on the problem. (CLO # 1, 2, 3)

5. Incorporate economic, ethical, social, and political issues that affect this issue, area, or species. (CLO # 1, 2, 3, 4)

6. Discuss several solutions and their associated drawbacks. (CLO # 1, 2, 3, 4)

7. Describe how other cultures or nations are affected by, and view, this problem. (CLO #2)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment:

You will have four grades that will hold equal weight averaged to constitute your final grade from your (1) mid term, (2) research paper, (3) proctored final, and (4) the cumulative average of homework, discussions and participation points.

1. Written assignments weeks 1 through 8 and are due at the end of each week. 

2. The midterm exam will come from chapter topics 1-10 during weeks one through four. This consists of a mix of short answer questions, multiple choice,true false questions and matching.  

3. The researched term paper should be completed by week six (please start on this early in the term). ** Check the description in this syllabus to see the format required. This assignment is comprehensive and is a "Core Assessment" and "Assignment Issues". It is required departmentally to be 10 pages, with 10+ references, preferably peer reviewed. To achieve this 'across the curriculum component', please follow the instructions listed in the CORE ASSESSEMENT and include the Assignment Issues 1-7, listed above.

4. The final exam will come from chapter topics 11-20 during weeks one through four. This consists of a mix of short answer questions, multiple choice, true false questions and matching. 
 
 

Grading:

Grading

There are a total of 1100 points for this course.  The following is a break down of points.  The final grade is according to the offical Park University grade scale.

A=90-100%

B=80-90%

C=70-79%

D=60-69%

F=0-59%

The sum total of the following is where the final grade is derived from:  

Classroom work is worth 275 points (this includes the homework, discussions, and required participation).
Midterm Exam is worth 275 points.
Research Term Paper is worth 275 points.
Final is worth 275 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: late work without a valid excuse will automatically have a ten point deduction. Unexcused late work will be docked 10%,after the due date and time, after that an additional 10% will be docked after each additional 24 hours.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic Honesty, Respect and Netiquette
Students are expected to be honest, to be respectful, to be polite and stay on topic.  If a student has a concern, they should write the course instructor.
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Students are responsible for clicking on the link below

http://captain.park.edu/portal/online_course_policies.htm

and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DISCUSSION TOPICS:

Week 1. Please read Chapters 1, 2 and 3 which include topics listed within "Environmental Science in a Social Context" (environmental interrelationships, ethics and decision making).

Week 2. This week we will read Chapters 4, 5 and 6.  The topics include "Ecological Principles and Their Application" (scientific principles, environmental interactions, ecosystems, and communities).

Term Paper Note: Your topic selection is to be an environmental problem, resource issue or species survival topic. The term paper format is provided in this syllabus.

Week 3. Please read Chapters 7 and 8 in "Ecological Application" includes population principles and human population issues.

Week 4. Read Chapters 9, 10 and 11.  These chapters cover "Energy" topics (past sources of energy, current energy sources and future energy issues).

NOTE: The midterm is taken in week 4.

Week 5.  Read Chapters 12 and 13 in "Resource Management" include biodiversity issues and land use planning.

Week 6. We will read Chapters 14, 15, and 16.  Continuing topics in "Resource Management" include soils, agricultural methods and water management.

NOTE: The Research Paper is due in week 6.

Week 7. Read Chapters 17, 18 and 19 "Pollution and Policy" including topics of air quality, solid waste management and   disposal.

Week 8.  Please read Chapter 20 "Environmental Policy and Decision Making" for our wrap up discussion!  Your final exam is also taken at this time.

Thank you!

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Uses 12 or more peer-reviewed citations Uses 9-11 peer-reviewed citations Uses 6-8 peer-reviewed citations Uses less than 6 peer-reviewed citations 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Compares facts from 5+ citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from 4 citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from 3 citations for any assignment issue. Compares facts from less than 3 citations for any assignment issue. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Assesses the outcomes of all 7 assignment items Assesses the outcomes of 5-6 of the assignment items Assesses the outcomes of 3-4 of the assignment items. Assesses the outcomes of 2 or less of the assignment items. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
No factual errors 1-2 factual errors 3-4 factual errors 5+ factual errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Discusses 3 solutions and associated drawbacks for assignment issue #6. Discusses 2 solutions and associated drawbacks for assignment issue #6. Discusses 1 solution and associated drawbacks for assignment issue #6. Discusses 0 solutions and associated drawbacks for assignment issue #6. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provides a well-defined introduction, thesis statement, body (and sections within) and 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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