BI 301 Human Ecology
S1SS 2013 RA
B.S BiologyM.S Biology
6:30pm to 7:30pm
January 14, 2013 to March 10, 2013
7:40 - 10:20 PM
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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
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:
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 RubricClass Assessment:
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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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.
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.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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