SRJC Course Outlines

6/19/2024 2:11:24 PMBIO 89 Course Outline as of Fall 2002

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Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 89Title:  ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION  
Full Title:  Ecological Restoration
Last Reviewed:2/1/2010

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

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: 

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the history, methods and practice of ecological restoration in California, with emphasis on Sonoma County natural communities. Includes restoration planning, site evaluation, revegetation techniques, weed control methods, erosion control methods, site maintenance and monitoring. Term project includes participation in local restoration project. Recommended for those planning a career or doing volunteer work involving habitat restoration.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of ecological restoration: planning, site evaluation, revegetation, weed and erosion control. Emphasis on Sonoma County communities, includes participation in local restoration projects. Recommended for career or volunteer workers in habitat restoration.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2002Inactive:Fall 2010
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  Define ecological restoration.
2.  Describe the reasons for restoring natural ecosystems.
3.  Analyze projects that have played a critical role in the development
   of restoration practice in California.
4.  Describe and identify some natural communities of Sonoma County,
   including dominant plant species.
5.  Describe the components of a restoration plan.
6.  Demonstrate the skills required to conduct a site assessment.
7.  Summarize the actions required to prepare a site for restoration.
8.  Compile a list of appropriate native plant materials for restoration.
9.  Demonstrate the ability to install and protect native plant materials
   at a restoration site.
10. Identify ecologically sound methods of controlling invasive non-native
   plants at restoration sites.
11. Design methods of irrigation suitable for restoration projects.
12. Evaluate site monitoring methods.
13. Demonstrate the ability to plan a small-scale restoration project.
14. Describe the legal regulations and restrictions that apply to
   restoration projects.

Topics and Scope
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1.   History of ecological restoration in California.
2.   Reasons to carry out ecological restoration and its relationship to
    habitat conservation.
3.   Characteristics of selected natural communities of Sonoma County.
4.   Principles and methods of restoration planning, including setting
    goals and selection of reference sites.
5.   Principles and methods of restoration implementation, including
    setting goals and selection of reference sites.
6.   Overview of the potential for, and need for, ecological restoration
    in selected natural communities in Sonoma County, such as dune and
    coastal scrub, grassland, chaparral, oak woodland, freshwater marsh
    and vernal pools.
7.   Special needs in restoring habitat for endangered species.
8.   Laws and regulations that apply to restoration projects.
9.   Survey of completed and in-progress restoration projects in Sonoma
    County and the North Bay.

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The student may be required to complete:
1.  Reading assignments totaling 200 pages.
2.  Site evaluation data sheets totaling 10 pages.
3.  Restoration Project Summary and Evaluation forms totaling 10 pages.
4.  Restoration Plan totaling not more than 20 pages.

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
10 - 25%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Homework problems, Field work, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 25%
Class performances, Field work
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 30%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance, participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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1.  ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION: Throop, W. Humanity Books, Prometheus
   Press, 2000

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