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Last approved: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:13:14 GMT

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VMC (Veterinary Medicine - CASS)
924
032304
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Equatorial Zoology and Medicine In Galápagos
Galápagos Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching - DoCS Department (19VMC)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Even Years
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Remote Location/Site Based
Galápagos Science Center, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, Ecuador
Grading Method
Credit Only (S/U)
1
1
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture9
Field Work26
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Gregory A. Lewbart
Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
FWK00NoN/A
Requisite: Currently enrolled DVM student
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This unique opportunity will allow DVM students to experience a unique, equatorial archipelago and much of its natural history offerings. The Galápagos Science Center (GSC) will serve as the base of operations. Dr. Gregory Lewbart, who has worked at the facility four separate times, will be the local program leader and guide. He will be assisted by local and visiting scientists. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and field trips will cover a wide variety of zoological and medical topics dealing with native invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. There will be an emphasis on aquatic species and a paper is required.

There is nothing like this in the current DVM curriculum.  For the past 2-plus years Dr. Lewbart has been developing relationships in Galápagos and these collaborations will allow for a unique and rich learning experience for our students.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
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Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
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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:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state 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)
 

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.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Veterinary MedicineKirk NussCourse appears unique in the curriculum campus-wide so outside consults seem unnecessary. There have been trips to Galapagos previously but none with However, Study Abroad was consulted by faculty to determine best way to incorporate class into Study Abroad processes.
Since this is being offered during the CVM's spring break no additional resources will be required nor will it affect any Raleigh-based teaching, research, or service commitments.

1.  Learn the basics of invertebrate anatomy, physiology, and medicine as it applies to key Galápagos species.


2.  Learn the basics of fish anatomy, physiology, and medicine as it applies to key Galápagos species.


3.  Learn the basics of reptile anatomy, physiology, and medicine as it applies to key Galápagos species.


4.  Learn the basics of pinniped anatomy, physiology, and medicine as it applies to key Galápagos species.


5.  Understand the importance, and the challenges, of protecting endemic, vulnerable species on an equatorial archipelago.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand safe capture, restraint, physical examinations, and how to obtain diagnostic samples from multiple species including sea turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, fishes, and marine invertebrates.

  2. Describe the main anatomical and physiological attributes of the species listed above.

  3. Understand the main health challenges, both natural and anthropogenic, to the species listed above.

  4. Explain the logistics involved with permits and protocols necessary to sample endangered species in a foreign country.

  5. Describe the benefits and drawbacks of living and working on small, sparsely inhabited islands, where tourism is a key economic driver. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Attendance50Students will be expected to attend all lectures and field trips.
Short Paper25Students will be expected to write a three to five page paper on a pertinent topic of their choosing.
Participation25Students will be expected to engage with faculty, other students, and the local residents.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Invertebrates2 HoursLecture and field time
Fishes5 HoursLecture and field time
Reptiles10 HoursLecture and field time
Marine mammals5 HoursLecture and field time
General natural history13 HoursField time
mlnosbis 1/19/2016: No overlapping courses, no consultation required.

ghodge 1/20/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers. Department needs to verify all study abroad policies are followed.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-the course looks great
-only suggestion is to describe in the syllabus how the participation component of the course will be strutured

ghodge 2/6/2016 Send to ABGS
Key: 8270