SRJC Course Outlines

1/18/2021 6:59:46 PMNRM 12 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 12Title:  INTRO TO ENVIRON CONSERV  
Full Title:  Introduction to Environmental Conservation
Last Reviewed:4/13/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  NRM 10

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to principles and techniques for the management and protection of forests and other wild land resources, with an emphasis on the sustainable use of wood, water, forage, recreation and wilderness resources. Includes an examination of contemporary issues affecting the management and preservation of the nation's renewable natural resources for future generations.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to principles and techniques for the management & protection of forests and other wild land resources. Emphasis on the sustainable use of wood, water, forage, recreation and wilderness resources.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 2003
 ELifelong Learning and Self Development  
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981Fall 2003
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Relate the methods of scientific investigation to natural resources
   management decisions.
2.  Define the nature of scientific inquiry.
3.  Describe the values, themes, methods, and history of environmental
4.  Define and discuss terms related to environmental issues.
5.  Recognize and identify ecological inter-relationships between living
   and non-living components of the ecosystem.
6.  Make decisions that affect natural resources based on evaluating basic
   ecological and scientific principles.
7.  Recognize characteristics and general distributions of major biomes
   and determine how humans have impacted each biome.
8.  Differentiate between the sources and effects of land degradation and
   the role of genetic engineering in the future of agriculture.
9.  Discuss environmental issues related to Natural Resources
10.  Summarize historic factors that have contributed to human population
   growth and to discuss theories of population growth.
11.  Describe the major categories and sources of air and water pollution
   and summarize how these pollutants are hazardous to human health,
   vegetation, and all life on earth.
12. Recognize and assess their influence and potential impacts on our
   natural resources.
13. Identify realistic career objectives in environmental conservation.

Topics and Scope
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Unit 1:  Introduction
        A.  Concepts of Ecology and Sustainability
            1. Ecology as science
            2. Scientific approaches to problems
            3. The ecological imperative
        B.  Biological and Physical Principles of Ecosystem
            1.  Mineral cycling and nutrient uptake
            2.  Photosynthesis and energy transfer
            3.  Successional patterns of resource ecosystems
        C.  Historical Development of Resource Utilization
Unit 2:  Soils - Pesticides
        A.  Soil Conservation
            1.  Geological basis of soil conservation
            2.  Physical and chemical properties of soil
            3.  Principles of soil classification
            4.  Mechanics of soil erosion and application of scientific
                method for prevention techniques
            5.  Soil fertility and plant nutrition relationships
        B.  Role of Pesticides
        C.  Genetically Modified Organisms
Unit 3:  Wildlife and Other Resource Arenas
        A.  Forestry and Fire Management
            1.  Anatomy and physiology of the living tree
            2.  Silvicultural techniques of managed forest stands
            3.  Productivity of forests
                a. measurements
                b. scientific methodology in forest
            4.  Inventory and ownership patterns of forest resources
        B.  Range
            1.  History of range use in the United States
            2.  The biology of the range plant
            3.  The biological potential and carrying capacities of
                native ranges in the United States
            4.  Analysis and evaluation of range condition and range
            5.  Range management techniques
        C.  Wildlife Ecology
            1.  Principles and characteristics of wildlife
            2.  Methods of controlling wildlife populations
            3.  Principles of habitat management
            4.  Economic importance of the fish and game resource
        D.  Biodiversity
        E.  Wilderness
        F.  Outdoor Recreation
        G.  Fisheries
            1.  Aquatic ecology
            2.  Effects of siltation and pollution on fish
            3.  Commercial and sports fishery management techniques
            4.  A study of the conflict of uses
Unit 4:  Role of Human Populations
        A.  Population Dynamics
        B.  Population Distribution and Control
        C.  Environmental Health
        D.  Pollution
        E.  Water Resources
            1.  Analysis of the hydrologic cycle
            2.  Groundwater and surface water management principles
            3.  Flood control and water pollution prevention methods
            4.  The California water picture
            5.  The State Water Project
            6.  The Central Valley Project
        F.  Energy Resources
            1.  Energy use and alternative sources
            2.  Mineral resources availability
            3.  Resource pollution
        G.  Man and Natural Resources
        H.  Career Options

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1.  Applications of scientific method that may include: apply
   scientific method to the mechanics of soil erosion and prevention
   techniques and write a 2-page report on results; analyze forest
   productivity using the scientific method and write a 2-page report
   on findings; analyze and test hypothesis regarding various range
   management techniques and write a 2-page report on findings; conduct
   scientific testing analysis of effects of siltation and pollution on
   fish populations and write a 2-page report on findings.
2.  Reading assignments that will average 20 pages per week.
3.  Writing assignments of ten article summaries from natural
   resource journals.  The summaries will total to twenty pages/
   1,000 words during the semester.
4.  Book review that will average 5 typed pages.
5.  Comprehensive and accurate classroom notes that will average
   six pages per week.
6.  A term paper that will average ten typed pages.
7.  Mid-term and final examinations.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 40%
Reading reports, Term papers, 5 SUMMARIES FROM JOURNALS
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Application of scientific method to NR issues.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short sentence answers.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, Cunningham and Saigo, McGraw-Hill, Sixth Edition,
Reganold, Owen, Prentice Hall, Eight Edition, 2002.
Gretchen C. Dailey and Katherine Ellison, Island Press, 2003.

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