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AEC (Applied Ecology)
503
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Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Foundations of Ecology
Foundations of Ecology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Applied Ecology (11AE)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
AEC 592Spring 201617
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
2
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture2
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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Rebecca Irwin
Associate Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1818NoNo comments
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course covers major concepts, themes, and theories in ecology, including population, community and ecosystem ecology, and evolutionary ecology. Students are introduced to the core skill of critically evaluating scientific papers. The format of the course is readings from the primary literature and student-lead discussions. This course is focused toward first- and second-year graduate students, especially those in preparation for their preliminary exam.

The department of Applied Ecology would like to provide graduate students in both the Zoology and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology graduate programs with a set of core courses that they take their first year. These are not required by suggested courses. The Foundations of Ecology will provide those graduate students with broad understanding of the major concepts and theories in the field of ecology.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
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No resources are required

The goal of this course is to introduce graduate students to the major concepts and theories in ecology through discussion of classic papers in our field. 


Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes of the course


Read & Critically Review major foundational papers in ecology and contemporary studies


Describe & Discuss major concepts and themes in the field of ecology


Recognize & Describe common terms, equations and graphs in foundation papers in ecology 



Practice reading graphs and translating concepts in classic papers to contemporary ideas


Analyze your academic lineage


Demonstrate understanding of material through active discussion participation & leading of discussion


Learn how to be an active member in a discussion by participating in lines of questioning


Propose new lines of questioning in discussion as well


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Discussion25%Class Discussion & Discussion Leader - see syallbus
Participation50%Discussion Participation -50 points: Regularly contributes to class discussions by raising thoughtful questions, providing examples from the readings or text, building on others’ ideas, expanding the class’ perspective, and appropriately challenging others’ assumptions and perspectives
25 points: Sometimes contributes to class discussions in the aforementioned ways
0 points: Never contributes to class discussions in the aforementioned ways
Oral Presentation25%Academic Lineage - see syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Course objectives, sign up for topics, talk about academic lineage project1 weeksee syllabus
Autecology (Organism responses to the environment)1 weeksee syllabus
Population growth 1 weeksee syllabus
Population regulation 1 weeksee syllabus
Species interactions1 weeksee syllabus
Academic lineage presentations 11 weeksee syllabus
Community ecology – species composition and distribution1 weeksee syllabus
Community ecology – succession1 weeksee syllabus
Academic history presentations 21 weeksee syllabus
Community ecology – food webs1 weeksee syllabus
Ecosystem ecology – energetics and budgets1 weeksee syllabus
Ecosystem ecology – nutrients1 weeksee syllabus
Evolutionary ecology1 weeksee syllabus
Academic history presentations 31 weeksee syllabus
7/6/2016: Dr. Nicholas Haddad, DGP for Zoology and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology approves and is in favor of this course

mlnosbis 8/2/2016: No overlapping courses. Suggest consultation from College of Sciences Jo-Ann Cohen.

ghodge 8/2/2016 Need consultation. Then ready for ABGS reviewers

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No comments.
mbreiski (Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:54:23 GMT): I have attached the consultation with Biological Sciences to this document. Thank you, Dr. Reiskind
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