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SPRING 2018/ECOLOGY

BIO 103 (MONDAY & WEDNESDAY -11-1:45)

No-prerequisite; Transferable

 

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

 Learning Goal 1.  To promote critical thinking skills by employing the scientific method

                Outcome 1.1  Students will be able to analyze and evaluate data in order to draw conclusions.

                Outcome 1.2  Students will relate conclusions to key biological concepts.

Learning Goal 2.  To develop written communication skills

                Outcome 2.1  Students will be able to demonstrate communication skills by submitting written     assignments, including lab  reports.

Learning Goal 3.  To develop quantitative literacy skills

                Outcome 3.1  Students will be able to use the metric system to measure length, mass, and volume.

                Outcome 3.2  Students will be ale to create and/or interpret a graph.

Learning Goal 4.  To develop information literacy and management skills

                Outcome 4.1  Students will be able to evaluate sources of information as to their credibility.

 

LECTURE SCHEDULE: “Elements of Ecology,” 9th Edition by Smith and Smith, Pearson.

Meeting

Textbook Chapters and Titles

1.                      

 

Lecture:           Ch.1: The Nature of Ecology

                        Ch. 2: Climate

2.          

     

 

Lecture:           Ch. 3: The Aquatic Environment

                        Ch. 4: The Terrestrial Environment

3.

       

 

Lecture:           Ch. 6: Plant Adaptations to the Environment                        

4.        

         

 

Lecture Exam 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.

5.    

          

 

Lecture:           Ch. 7: Animal Adaptations to the Environment

6.    

         

 

Lecture:           Ch. 20: Ecosystem Energetics

                        Ch. 21: Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling

7.      

          

 

Lecture:           Ch. 22: Biogeochemical Cycles

                        Ch. 23: Terrestrial Ecosystems

8.    

       

 

Field Trip – Bethpage State Park – Pollination Ecology

Student Presentations Due on June 12

9.    

        

 

Lecture Exam 2: Chapters 7, 20, 21, 22, and 23.     

10.  

          

Lecture:           Ch. 24: Aquatic Ecosystems

                      Ch. 25: Coastal and Wetland Ecosystems

11.  

          

 

Lecture:           Ch. 14: Predation (p. 294-305)

                      Ch. 15: Parasitism and Mutualism

12.    

          

 

Garvies Point Preserve_ Ecology of a Temperate Deciduous Forest – Line Transect and Water Testing at the site.

13.   

 

 

Lecture:           Ch. 26: Large-scale Patterns of Biological Diversity

14.   

          

 

Lecture:           Ch. 27: The Ecology of Climate Change

15.   

        

 

Field Trip to Hempstead Plains – To study abundance and density of native and non-native species.

16.    

         

 

Field Trip to Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside – Water Testing and Exploring Adaptive Features of Survival in Plants & Animals

17.

      

 

Lecture Exam 3: Chapters 24, 25, 14, 15, 26, and 27.

18. 

        

 

Field Data Analysis – Final Lab Report (2)

19.

        

 

Lecture Exam 4: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24,

                                                25, 14, 15, 26, and 27.

20. 

         

Make-up Online Quizzes & Climate Change Debate

 

                          

LABORATORY SCHEDULE:            “In-house Ecology Laboratory Manual”

 MEETING

Laboratory Chapters and Titles

1.

Lab 1: Introduction to Grassland Ecology

Field Trip to Prairie_ Hempstead Plain on NCC Campus

Lab 2: Energy and Matter in Ecosystems

Investigating Physical and Chemical Properties of Soil

Lab 3: Energy Flow in Ecosystems:                                      

Exploring Pigments and PAR to study Absorption Spectrum with Vernier Digital Spectrometer.

4

Lab 4: Lab Exam 1 – Labs 1, 2, and 3

Introduction to Student Research Papers on Ecological Issues

5

Lab 5: Symbiotic Relationships in Ecosystems

Mutualism, Commensalism, and Parasitism – Video Questionnaire

6

Lab 6: Population Ecology – Recognizing Diversity of Organisms

7

Lab 7: Community Ecology

Investigating water samples for dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrate, and phosphate.

8

Field Trip to Bethpage State Park to Study Pollination Ecology.

Student Presentation Due June 12

9

Lab 8: Lab Exam 2 – Labs 5, 6, and 7

10

Investigating Stomata Distribution in Mesophytes, Xerophytes, and Hydrophytes.

11 

Lab 9 & 10: Student Presentation of Research Papers

 

12

Lab 11&12: Field Trip to Garvies Point Preserve:

Ecology of a Temperate Deciduous Forest and Water Testing at the site.

13

Lab 9 & 10: Student Presentation of Research Papers

14 

Lecture: Ch. 27 The Ecology of Climate Change

Testing Co2 and O2 Levels using Vernier Sensors

15 

Lab 13: Field Trip to Hempstead Plains – To study abundance and density of native and non-native species.

16 

Lab 14: Marine Nature Study Area – Water Testing and Exploring Adaptive Features of Survival in Plants & Animals

17 

Review & Lecture Exam 3: Chapters 24, 25, 14, 15, 26, and 27.

18

Field Data Analysis Presentation- Final Field Report Comparing data from Garives Point, Hempstead Plains, Marine Nature Study Area, and Bethpage State Park.

19

Review & Lecture Exam Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 14, 15, 26, and 27.

20

Make-up Online Quizzes & Climate Change Debate

Instructions for Laboratory Exercises:

1.     Students will be provided guidelines for water testing and soil analysis and they are expected to research and submit lab reports with all the steps of the scientific method to fulfill general education skills such as critical thinking, writing across the curriculum, and information management.

2.     full length pants, long sleeve shirt, socks to tuck pants in and a cap required for field trips to avoid any insect on you. you may use insect repellant at your own risk.

COURSE SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

1.     Comprehend interaction of abiotic and biotic factors to explain flow of energy at different trophic levels in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

2.     Discuss level of different gases in the atmosphere and test recycling of nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate and their impact on pH and productivity. 

3.     Recognize morphological, physiological, and biochemical adaptations of plants and animals for survival in different environments.

4.     Identify different biomes in relation to their productivity, biodiversity, and symbiotic relationships.

5.     Apply ecological concepts in real life to explain climate change, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, conservation, and respect for natural resources.

 

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