Bio 8 Fall 11 syllabus


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R IVERSIDE C OMMUNITY C OLLEGE C OURSE S YLLABUS Principles of Ecology: Fall 2011 Course Code and Value: BIO-8-48212; 4 units Course Hours and Location: WF 9:35-11:00am (lecture), F 11:10am-2:25pm (lab); Life Science 107 Instructor: Preston Galusky Website: Phone: 951-222-8361 Office: Life Science 101-E Office Hours: MW 12-2; T 2-3 Required Text: Molles, Manuel C. 2010. Ecology: Concepts and Applications 5 th edition . McGraw Hill Higher Education, Boston. ISBN: 978-0-07-338322-4 Welcome to Principles of Ecology. The goal of this course is to explore basic concepts and applications in the field of ecology, the study of interactions between organisms and their environment. The majority of scientists agree that our planet is changing in dramatic ways; and, many of the ecosystems that sustain life, including our own lives, are in decline. We, as in all humans, are a fundamental part of the world’s ecosystems. In other words, ecosystem functions like purifying air and providing fresh water cannot be separated from human activities. Thus, a basic understanding of how ecosystems function is critical to making choices that best sustain them. I hope you will join me in actively exploring the field of ecology; I believe such efforts can translate directly into the well being of current and future generations. In order to fully appreciate the nature of ecology, we will apply what we learn in the classroom to understand and compare our local ecosystems. Luckily, we have several types of ecosystems within close proximity of our campus. And so, we will be traveling together on several required field trips . Please make arrangements to attend and be prepared to deal with the elements, i.e. get a little dirty. Many of the places we visit are extremely sensitive areas and require great respect and vigilance; you are expected to behave accordingly. We will also have a lot of fun! By the end of the course, a successful student will be able to: Understand and explain basic principles of population and community ecology. Appreciate and apply the scientific method, including basic types of data analyses, as a means to understanding ecological phenomena. Interpret relationships between adaptations and the environmental conditions in which organisms
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course BIO 8 taught by Professor Prestongalusky during the Fall '11 term at Riverside Community College.

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