SRJC Course Outlines

10/28/2020 10:37:48 AMNRM 86 Course Outline as of Summer 2017

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 86Title:  WATERSHED RES MGMT  
Full Title:  Watershed Resource Management
Last Reviewed:3/9/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.506 min.Lab Scheduled26.25
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

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: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the methods and techniques used in measuring, monitoring, and assessing watershed health in North Coast streams. Topics of study include identification of the specific factors limiting ecoysystem productivity (vegetation, fish, etc) identification of the critical habitat needs (plants, macroinvertebrates, water quality, etc)  and  methods for assessing and monitoring watershed resources.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Introduction to the methods and techniques used in measuring, monitoring, and assessing watershed health in North Coast streams. Topics of study include identification of the specific factors limiting ecoysystem productivity (vegetation, fish, etc) identification of the critical habitat needs (plants, macroinvertebrates, water quality, etc)  and  methods for assessing and monitoring watershed resources.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
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:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2002Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.   Measure, monitor, and assess watershed health in North Coast and other regional streams.
2.   Identify and describe specific habitat factors limiting ecosystem productivity.
3.   Identify the critical habitat needs and prescribe methods for monitoring and assessing watershed resources.
 

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Upon completion of this courses, students will be able to:
1. Describe habitat inventory procedures.
2. Demonstrate accurate field measurements.
3. Competently operate watershed quality monitoring (turbidity meter, conductivity meter, sechi disk, YSI meter).
4. Organize and assemble accurate watershed survey field notes.
5. Demonstrate accurate field measurements by constructing a stream hydrograph, calculating area and drainage density, and  operating flow meters for minimum and maximum flow calculations for streambank and underwater stream condition reports in preparation for watershed restoration projects.
6. Competently operate equipment including: stadia rods for calculating stream depth slopes, hand levels for slope calculations, flow meters for cross sectional stream evaluation, compass for directional  information and special densiometer for calculation of canopy and cover density.

Topics and Scope
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I.     Introduction to Watershed Restoration Objectives
      A. Identification of  limiting factors
      B. Field surveys of critical fish habitat needs
      C. Identification of land use impacts
      D. Assessment and monitoring scale, timing and cost considerations
II.    Preliminary Watershed Assessment
      A. Office equipment, tools, and supplies
      B. Preparation of watershed overview worksheet
      C. Use of maps and aerial photos
      D. Riparian zone and sediment source analysis
      E. Stream hydrograph preparation and analysis
III.   Watershed Inventory Methods
      A. Field equipment, tools, and supplies
      B. Determination of morphological stream features
      C. Identification of stream channel type
      D. In-stream habitat assessment
IV.   Fish Sampling Methods
      A. Species identification and habitat needs
      B. Tools and supplies
      C. Streambank/underwater observation form
      D. Electrofishing, equipment and techniques
V.    Data Summary and Analysis
      A. "Habitat" data software program
      B. Stream condition report
      C. Geographic Information System and stream reach summaries

Assignments:
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1. Reading assignments totaling 150 pages
2. Field assignments using field survey equipment
3. Field survey notebook and forms
4. Group project report of approximately ten pages
5. Final exam

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
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
25 - 40%
Field survey notebook and forms.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 50%
Field assignments
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 15%
Final exam: multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Group project report


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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California Salmon ID Stream Habitat Restoration Manual: Flosi, Gray, et.al., State of California, Department of Fish and Game, Third Edition, 1998  (Classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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