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Last approved: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:12:02 GMT

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Change Type
AEC (Applied Ecology)
502
032299
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to Biological Research
Intro to Biol Res
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Applied Ecology (11AE)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
AEC 592 Section 10Fall 201511
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
2
15
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Discussion1.7
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Craig Layman
Associate Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Discussion1515NoStudents in both the Zoology and FWCB graduate programs will be strongly encouraged to take this course their first year.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
The course provides a philosophical background for the field of ecology, then transitions to practical aspects of the field including a focus on grant proposal development, how to read and review papers and grant proposals, and how to give a presentation at a scientific meeting. A series of outside speakers will provide a broad perspective on the resources and opportunities available for graduate students at North Carolina State University. An emphasis will be placed on peer collaboration and feedback, developing professional relationships that will be important throughout the graduate tenor of this cohort of students.

The main objective in this course is to develop the tools and skills that are needed to excel in graduate school. Currently there is no course offered in the Zoology and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology programs that focuses on building skills for conducting successful research in ecology, developing writing and communication skills in these graduate programs.  


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
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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:
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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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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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Natural ResourcesChris MoormanThis course will provide background in biological research for the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Graduate Program
No additional instructional resources required.

The main objective in this course is to develop the tools and skills that are needed to excel in graduate school.  An emphasis will be placed on peer collaboration and feedback, developing professional relationships that will be important throughout the graduate tenor of this cohort of students.  


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to: (1) develop their own scientific research program or work effectively within an existing research program, (2) convey a philosophical perspective on the field of ecology, (3) read and critically review scientific papers and grant proposals, (4) develop a structured grant proposal, (5) develop and present an oral presentation, (6) design and maintain a personal web page, (7) create a curriculum vita that communicates professional background to potential employers or funders, and (8) identify and access a diverse suite of graduate student resources and opportunities at North Carolina State University.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment74%Devise a potential committee list; preliminary bibliography; proposal context; develop a personal webpage; write up experimental design for a research proposal; peer review other student's experimental design; research proposal; peer review other student's research proposal; develop a professional CV; manuscript review; peer review other student's manuscript review. Please see syllabus for more details.
Oral Presentation14%Verbal presentation of the research presentation in scientific meeting style. Feedback on three colleague’s presentations. Please see syllabus for more details.
Participation12%An overall assessment of participation in class discussions. Will require weekly contributions to among student interactions. Please see syllabus for more details.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
1. Graduate School Timeline and General Requirements1 week please see syllabus and details of evaluation method
2. How to Critically Evaluate Scientific Papers 1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
3. What is Science and How Does Science Progress?1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
4. History and Philosophy of Ecology1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
5. Web Page Design, Web Resources and Data Management1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
6. How to Develop a Research Idea and Program1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
7. Basics of Experimental Design1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
8. How to Write a Grant Proposal1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
9. Communication of Science to the Public1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
10. Resources for Graduate Students at NCSU1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
11. Grant Review Panels1 week +please see syllabus and details of evaluation method
12. Affiliated Research Groups with the Department of Applied Ecology1 weekplease see syllabus and details of evaluation method
13. How to Review Scientific Papers1 week +please see syllabus and details of evaluation method
14. How to Give a Scientific Presentation1 week +please see syllabus and details of evaluation method
mlnosbis 1/26/2016: No overlapping courses. Consultation provided from FWCB program. Suggest College of Sciences consultation.

ghodge 1/26/2016 Agree, ask for College of Sciences consultation from Jo-Ann Cohen. Comment: is it possible for the student learning objectives to be more specific to ecology.

mbreiski 1/28/16 I have attached a consultation with Dr. LeBlanc, note Jo-Ann Cohen is cc'd on that email. There is no conflict with COS. In addition, the course is a professional development course for the Zoology graduate program and as such is broader than ecology. The learning objectives will remain broad to address the needs of the students in this program. Also note the consultations from before were with the DGPs of the graduate program of Zoology, Dr. Nick Haddad and of FWCB, Drs. Harry Daniels and Chris Moorman. Please let me know if you need any additional information.

ghodge 2/1/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Suggest an objective/goal such as, "Create a curriculum vita that communicates professional background to potential employers or funders."
-perhaps tweak abbreviated title- "Introduction" is not abbreviated, while "biological research" is
-Syllabus is not quite compliant with Graduate School requirements (specifically item 14)

ghodge 2/6/2016 Ask program to incorporate ABGS reviewer comments

mbreiski 9Feb16 All changes were made. Most of item 14 was in the syllabus, two references to the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity and Grades and Grade Point Average were added to the syllabus. This hopefully is the last go around and we can get this course on the books!

ghodge 2/10/2016 Ready for Admin Board meeting
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