wfc10_syllabus_20072 - 1 WFc 10 Wildlife Ecology and...

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MWF 12:10-1:00 p.m. 1003 Giedt Instructor : Peter B Moyle , 1369 Academic Surge; Office hours: T 130-5 and by appointment TAs : Jacob Katz ( ), 1336 AS Gerard Carmona-Catot ( ) 1055 AS Sara Krause ( ) 1057 AS COURSE OBJECTIVES This course will introduce you to basic concepts of ecology and conservation, using vertebrates as examples, and will help you to develop a deeper appreciation for the intricacy and beauty of natural systems. The information provided in this course should also provide you with some of the tools you need to understand the ongoing worldwide environmental crisis and to understand some of our options for dealing with this crisis. Because this is a General Education Course, considerable attention is placed on refining your writing skills. This will be accomplished through homework assignments, short essay exams, and two term papers. COURSE ORGANIZATION : Your weekly discussions will build upon material we have covered in lecture, allowing you to ask questions and become more engaged in topics, with your TA and your peers, than we have time for in lecture. Each week you will be given a 1- page handout in discussion, which will define the topic for the following week. We will provide you with a page of questions for which short answers – typed, double spaced, single- or double-spaced, and proofread for typographical and grammatical errors (you may answer in the space provided or on separate pages with numbers to correspond to our questions) – will be required by the beginning of discussion the next week; note that handwritten questions likely will not be graded . You will be expected to read course materials before class and to come prepared to fully participate in discussions. In discussion the first week, we will discuss current events in wildlife ecology and conservation, based on local, regional, and global news. Be aware that your discussion grade will be based on your attendance, active participation, and the caliber of your homework assignments. Because questions on homework often provide models for quizzes and the final exam, you should keep a copy for study purposes; students who take time to think about and answer homework assignments generally do better on quizzes and on the final exam. Finally, there is a selection of readings available on the class website. In the syllabus you will see references to these readings and to chapters in the online readings (the latter are referred to as “MAK, Chap. 1” etc.). You will be expected to read these materials before class and to come prepared to ask questions and to participate fully. Note that in many instances, there may not be a “correct” opinion, but we want you to be exposed to different points of view on these issues. If you encounter additional materials, feel free to bring these to the attention of your instructor or TA. G RADING WILL BE BASED ON YOUR PRESENCE AND PARTICIPATION IN THESE DISCUSSIONS . 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course WFC 10 taught by Professor Moyle during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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wfc10_syllabus_20072 - 1 WFc 10 Wildlife Ecology and...

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