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Last approved: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:33:23 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:33:16 GMT

Formerly Known As: MEA 120


Catalog Pages referencing this course
Change Type
BIO (Biological Sciences)
120
015220
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
The Dinosaurian World
Dinosaurian World
College of Sciences
Biological Sciences (17BSC)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Mary Schweitzer
Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture5050No.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Evolution and ecology of dinosaurs related to broader features of Earth history, including plate tectonics, paleoclimatology, mass extinction and the long-term effects of natural selection.

change in prefix from MEA to BIO -- the instructor has changed departments


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Natural Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Discuss the scientific basis for estimating the age of fossils and the behavior of extinct organisms.
 
 
Test questions, in-class, small-group activities, and on-line learning journal (hosted on Moodle).

Sample t est question: Interpret the following stratigraphic column, applying your knowledge of index
fossils to relatively date a newly discovered specimen.

Sample journal activity: Using the diagram of skeletal features provided below, infer the relative speed
of the animals (e.g. fastest to slowest). Provide a brief explanation for your ran kings.
 
 
Make inferences from and articulate scientific concepts and principles and apply this knowledge to solve
paleontological problems.
 
 
Test questions, in-class, small-group activities, and on-line learning journal (hosted on Moodie). For
example:

A mineral formed with 4,000 atoms of a radioactive isotope but now only contains 500 atoms of the
parent isotope. If the half-life is 1 million years, how old is the mineral?

a. 1,000,000 years
b. 1,500,000 years
c. 2,000,000 years
d. 3,000,000 years
e. 4,000,000 years
Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
NA
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
NA
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
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.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
There is no text for the course. PDFs of required chapters, articles and notes will be posted to
the course moodle site (http://wolfware.ncsu.edu).
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
There is no laboratory offered with as part of this course.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
No field trips or other out of class activities are required.
College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesWalt RobinsonDr. Robinson, by email, indicated that he had no issues with changing the prefix on this course from MEA to BIO (email attached).
we are just changing the prefix

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the science behind the study of dinosaurs and their world.  We will use dinosaurs and Mesozoic ecosystems as examples to present a range of concepts such as taphonomy and fossilization, radiometric dating, phylogenetic analysis, biomechanics, and mass extinctions.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:



  • Apply the scientific method to test hypotheses, solve problems and make decisions.

  • Describe how fossils form and what they can tell us about biology and environment.

  • Discuss the scientific basis for estimating the age of fossils and the behavior of extinct organisms.

  • Outline the methods for reconstructing the phylogenetic tree of dinosaurs.

  • Explain the evolution of the major groups of dinosaurs, including birds.

  • Make inferences from and articulate scientific concepts and principles and apply this knowledge to solve paleontological problems.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams3003 exams, each worth 100 points
Other100quizzes and learning journals
The approval workflow for this action should include the MEA department which is missing at this time. Notification was received 6.12.15 from Dr. Jane Lubischer that MEA is in support of this change.
W. Robinson, department head, provided consultation for this change via email on June 11-12, 2015.
gmneugeb (Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:25:22 GMT): This course only changed the prefix; it has already been reviewed by CUE for the NS list, and so it does not need to be reviewed for a second time based on the revisions. GMN 9.24.2015
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