SRJC Course Outlines

10/31/2020 12:44:32 PMBIO 15 Course Outline as of Summer 2011

Inactive Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 15Title:  FUTURE OF RAINFORESTS  
Full Title:  The Future of Rainforests
Last Reviewed:9/11/2006

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 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
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Catalog Description:
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A broad overview of the biodiversity and ecology of tropical rainforests, including their distribution, causes and effects of their destruction and the analysis of conservation strategies. Case studies from different countries are presented to examine the integration of conservation solutions with human well-being and the site-specific circumstances of history, culture, poverty, land use, politics and economics.  

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A broad overview of the biodiversity and ecology of tropical rainforests, including their distribution, causes and effects of their destruction and the analysis of conservation strategies. Case studies from different countries are presented to examine the integration of conservation solutions with human well-being and the site-specific circumstances of history, culture, poverty, land use, politics and economics.
(Grade or P/NP)

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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceSpring 2007Summer 2011
 ELifelong Learning and Self Development  
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 2001Spring 2007
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesSpring 2007Summer 2011
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion students will be able to:
1.  Critically evaluate what they read, write and hear in scientific literature as well as popular media.
2.  Apply the scientific method to solving ecological problems.
3.  Analyze the basic principles and assumptions of ecology, including the cellular nature of life, correlation of structure
     and function, energy transformation, evolution, and characteristics of systems.
4.  Describe the tropical rainforest ecosystem.
5.  Explain the effect of climate on the distribution of biodiversity.
6.  Describe the complexity of plant-animal interconnections in tropical rainforests and compare this to other biomes.
7.  Discuss the social political and economic forces that threaten rainforests and propose amelioration.
8.  Compare the site-specific conservation solutions and assess their probable outcomes.
9.  Explain how rainforest destruction has local, regional and global implications.
10. Evaluate the impacts of human population growth and resource use on tropical rainforests, with a focus on
      identifying the immediate and underlying causes of forest disturbance and destruction and the current extinction
      crisis.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Ecology as science
   a. Scientific approaches to problems
   b. Scientific method
2.  Foundational principles
   a. Cellular nature of life
   b. Structure and function; physiological and anatomical adaptors
   c. Evolution: species adaptations, speciation, evolution of
      ecosystems
   d. Characteristics of an ecosystem
3.  Definition of tropical rainforests
   a.  Tropical moist forests and their climates
   b.  Forest formations
   c.  Growth cycle
4.  Plant life
   a.  Climbers and epiphytes
   b.  Trees
5.  Rainforest animals
   a.  Richness and diversity of animals
   b.  Modes of coexistence
   c.  Carrying capacity
6.  Interconnections between plants and animals
   a.  Animals as pollinators
   b.  Animals as dispersers
   c.  Food webs and keystone species
   d.  Co-evolution
7.  Tropical forests through time
   a.  Paleogeography
   b.  Paleoclimates
   c.  Pleistocene refugia
8.  Forest dynamics
   a.  Forest microclimates
   b.  Pioneer and climax species
   c.  Seed and seedling ecology
   d.  Species richness
9.  Nutrients and their cycles
   a.  Shifting agriculture
   b.  Nutrient pools and cycles
10. The tropical rainforest yesterday and today
   a.  Indigenous cultures
   b.  Colonial era
   c.  Post-Colonial era
11. Destruction of rainforests
   a.  Past rates
   b.  Present rates
   c.  Future prospects
12. Causes and processes of clearance
   a.  Fuel/wood gathering
   b.  Shifting cultivation
   c.  Land distribution and population
   d.  Resettlement
   e.  Commercial logging
   f.  Plantations and cash-cropping
   g.  Cattle ranching
   h.  Development projects
13. Impacts and costs of destruction
   a.  Loss of biodiversity
   b.  Loss of resources
   c.  Loss of environmental services
   d.  Local and regional climate change
   e.  Global climate change
14. Forest peoples
   a.  Tribal people and the rainforest
   b.  Decline and fall
   c.  Threats and pressures
15. Possible solutions
   a.  The need for action
   b.  Constraints
   c.  Protection and conservation
   d.  Restoration and reforestation
   e.  Sustainable use
   f.  Tropical timber trade
   g.  Debt for nature swaps

Assignments:
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1.  Read text and other assigned readings, 30-40 pages per week.
2.  Homework: written responses to scientific journal articles and
   written analysis of websites that address rainforest issues
   relevant to the class.
3.  Preparation of group project to design a written conservation plan for an
   assigned rainforest site.
4.  In class work: exercises, presentations, class discussions.
5.  4-14 Quizzes and 3-5 Exams.

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%
Written homework, Group conservation plan
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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An Introduction To Tropical Rain Forests, by T.C. Whitmore, 2nd Edition,
Oxford University Press, 1998.
Tropical Rainforests, by Chris C. Park, Routledge Publishing, 1994.
The Diversity of Life, by Edward O. Wilson, W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.,
1999
Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology, edited by R.L.Chazdon and T.C.
Whitmore, University of Chicago Press, 2001  
 
Classic texts

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