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|Discipline and Nbr:
PEPPERWOOD- BIOTIC ENVT||
Pepperwood Natural History- Biotic Environment
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||2.00||Lecture Scheduled||1.50||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||26.25
|Minimum||2.00||Lab Scheduled||1.50||8 min.||Lab Scheduled||26.25
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 52.50||Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00||
A survey of the natural history of the Pepperwood Preserve, emphasizing the flora, fauna, and ecology (offered Spring semester only). Laboratory hours are primarily in the field and will include hiking over uneven terrain. This course (along with BIO/ERTHS 85.1) is a component of the Pepperwood Preserve Steward training program
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
A survey of the natural history of the Pepperwood Preserve, emphasizing the flora, fauna, and ecology (offered Spring semester only). Laboratory hours are primarily in the field and will include hiking over uneven terrain. This course (along with BIO/ERTHS 85.1) is a component of the Pepperwood Preserve Steward training program.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 2009||Inactive:||
1. Describe the role of science in understanding natural history.
2. Relate knowledge of natural history to becoming a naturalist, a nature preserve docent, and/or a land steward.
3. Integrate knowledge about the interconnectedness of abiotic and biotic factors (including human) and their influence on the natural history of Pepperwood Preserve.
4. Demonstrate skills in making and recording observations in a field journal.
Students will be able to:
1. Explain the discipline and scope of natural history.
2. Interpret the land use and natural history of the Pepperwood Preserve.
3. Orient themselves to the geography of the Pepperwood Preserve.
4. Record field observations in a field journal.
5. Evaluate and differentiate the ecological and adaptive traits of the flora and fauna at Pepperwood Preserve.
6. Identify a selection of common species at the Pepperwood Preserve.
7. Employ and interpret techniques for sampling and monitoring flora and fauna.
8. Demonstrate naturalist and/or land steward skills.
Topics and Scope
I. Introduction to Natural History
A. The discipline of natural history and the scientific method
B. Natural history of Pepperwood
1. Overview of regional and local history at Pepperwood
2. Land use history at Pepperwood
3. Orientation to the preserve
C. Writing a field journal
II. Community Ecology
A. Overview of species interactions, adaptation, and the ecological niche
B. Vegetation factors
1. Components of community structure
2. Ecosystem function
C. Plant communities at Pepperwood
D. Management issues at Pepperwood
A. General characteristics of plants
B. Overview of major taxonomic groups
C. Seed plants: morphology and reproduction
D. Common plants at Pepperwood
E. Evolutionary processes in wildflowers
A. General characteristics of animals
B. Overview of major taxonomic groups, emphasizing terrestrial arthropods and chordates
C. Animal adaptations to life on land
D. Common animals at Pepperwood
E. Methods of observing and identifying animals
V. Methods of Natural History Interpretation
A. Effective oral communication for target audience
B. Use of demonstration materials
C. Planning of interpretation event for target audience
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.
1. Reading from selected journal papers and texts: 20-30 pages per week
2. Quizzes (3- 5)
3. Final exam
1. Oral presentation demonstrating skills as a natural history interpreter
Lecture- and Lab-Assignments:
1. Completion of a field journal
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
20 - 40%
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
40 - 50%
|Quizzes and final exam||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
|Participation and attendance||
The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. Laws, John Muir. Heyday Publishers. 2018
California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora. Ritter, Matt. Pacific St. Publishing. 2018
The California Naturalist Handbook, de Nevers, Greg and Edelman, Deborah and Merenlender, Adina. University of California Press. 2013 (classic)
An Island called California, Bakker, Elna. University of California Press. 1984 (classic)
A Natural History of California. 2nd ed. Schoenherr, Allan. University of California Press. 2017
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. Sibley, David. Knopf Publishing. 2003 (classic)
Trees and Shrubs of California Coast (California Natural History Guides, 62). Stuart, John and Sawyer, John. University of California Press. 2001 (classic)
Introduction to California Plant Life (California Natural History Guides, 69), Ornduff, Robert and Faber, Phyllis and Wolf, Todd. University of California Press. 2003 (classic)
Spring Wildflowers of California of the Foothills, Valley and Coast (California Natural History Guides, 75), Munz, Philip. University of California Press. 2004 (classic)
Mammals of California (California Natural History Guides, 66), Jameson, E.W., and Peeters, Hans. University of California Press. 2004 (classic)