UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

COURSE PROPOSALS

Form NC:

New Course Proposal

FORM NC

(2/00)

 

Discipline:

Biology

Form NC #:

 

Date:

1 October, 2001

 

 

I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Biol 4331s. Global change ecology. (Sci; 4 cr; prereq 3131 or #; offered even-numbered yrs). Global cycles of carbon, water and nutrients. Advanced consideration of community and ecosystem structure and function. Analysis of natural and human drivers of change in biological systems, including use of quantitative methods and computer models.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This course is designed to provide a more in-depth study of ecology for those students wishing to move beyond the required survey course Biol 3131: Ecology. Current discipline offerings are mainly focused on population, organismal and molecular level biology, and this course will provide an additional option for students wishing to study biology at a level of organization above population biology. While this course should have broad appeal, it will be especially useful for students wishing to pursue careers or graduate study in ecology, conservation biology or environmental science.

 

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Spring, 2002

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Peter Wyckoff

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)

no

To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?

N.A.

Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

Lecture

 

Course requires:(check all that apply):

 

Laboratory sections

 

Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

 

To teach students how biological communities and ecosystem are structured and function, with an emphasis on large scales (regional to global). Also, students will understand the methods, problems and limitations of large-scale ecological research. Students will gain experience reading and discussing primary scientific literature. Students will become familiar with some of the computer models and other quantitative methods used in community and ecosystem ecology.

 

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

 

Retention and understanding of essential content will be assessed via written examination (two mid-terms and a final). There will be several class discussions of current literature and each student will give an oral presentation based on primary literature. Understanding of computer models and quantitative methods will be assessed via homework problem sets.

 

 

Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

x

10/11/01

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

 

x

12/4/01

2)

Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)

 

JFS

4/1/02

3)

Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)

 

 

 

4)

Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)