SRJC Course Outlines

7/4/2020 6:50:47 PMERTHS 85.1 Course Outline as of Spring 2015

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ERTHS 85.1Title:  PEPPERWOOD PHYSICAL ENVT  
Full Title:  Pepperwood Natural History: Physical Environment
Last Reviewed:11/25/2013

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.508 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:  BIO 85.1
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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A survey of the natural history of the Pepperwood Preserve, emphasizing earth sciences and native cultures (offered Fall semester only).  Laboratory hours are primarily in the field and will include hiking over uneven terrain. This course (along with BIO/ERTHS 85.2) is a component of the Pepperwood Preserve Steward training program.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
A survey of the natural history of the Pepperwood Preserve, emphasizing earth sciences and native cultures (offered Fall semester only).  Laboratory hours are primarily in the field and will include hiking over uneven terrain. This course (along with BIO/ERTHS 85.2) is a component of the Pepperwood Preserve Steward training program.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
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 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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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 natural history observations in a field journal.
 

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Upon completion of the course, 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 oneself to the geography of the Pepperwood Preserve.
4.  Record field observations in a field journal.
5.  Interpret the geologic history and the formation of rocks and soil in Pepperwood Preserve.
6.  Identify common rocks at the Pepperwood Preserve.
7.  Correlate climatic factors with local weather patterns.
8.  Describe factors affecting water movement and accumulation in the landscape.
9.  Describe the influence of abiotic and biotic factors on vegetation patterns and ecosystem
processes.
10. Relate the influence of native cultures to the natural history of the Pepperwood Preserve.
11. Demonstrate naturalist and/or land steward skills.

Topics and Scope
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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 natural history at Pepperwood
        2.  Land use history at Pepperwood
        3.  Orientation to the preserve
    C. Field journal
II.  Geology
    A. Overview of geology
        1. Plate tectonics
        2.  The rock cycle and rock types at Pepperwood
    B. Brief geologic history of California and Sonoma County
        1.  Coastal ranges geologic setting
        2.  Regional and local fault systems
    C. Common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks at Pepperwood Preserve
III. Weather and Climate
    A. Insolation and temperature
    B. Air pressure and wind
    C. Atmospheric moisture
    D. Regional climate and the microclimates of Pepperwood
IV. Soils
    A. Soil profiles and horizons
    B. Soil properties
    C. Soil formation
    D. Sonoma County and Pepperwood soil regions
V. Hydrology
    A. Hydrologic cycle
    B. Groundwater
        1.   Groundwater movement
        2.   Groundwater resources at Pepperwood
    C. Surface water
        1.  Surface water movement
        2.  Surface water resources at Pepperwood
VI. Vegetation and Ecosystem Ecology
    A. Ecological determinants of vegetation patterns
    B. Vegetation patterns in Sonoma County and at Pepperwood
    C. Ecosystems processes
        1.  Trophic levels and food webs
        2.  Energy flow and nutrient cycles
VII. Archaeology and Native American Culture
    A. Ethnography of native peoples in Sonoma County
    B. Traditional cultural uses of the Pepperwood biota
    C. The Pepperwood collection of cultural resources and obsidian stone tool technology
    D. Archeological field survey of the cultural resources of the Pepperwood Preserve
VIII. 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

Assignments:
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1.  Readings from selected journal papers and texts, 20-30 pages per week
2.  Quizzes (3-5): multiple choice and short answer questions
3.  Oral presentation demonstrating skills as a natural history interpreter
4.  Completion of a field journal
5.  Final exam: multiple choice and short answer questions

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%
Field journal
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
10 - 20%
Oral presentation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 50%
Quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation and attendance


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The California Naturalist Handbook, de Nevers, G., Edelman, D.S., and Merenlender, A., University of California Press: 2013
 
An Island called California, Bakker, E., University of California Press: 1984, (classic)
 
A Natural History of California, Schoenherr, A.A.,  University of California Press: 1992  (classic)
 
Roadside Geology of Northern and Central California,  Alt, D. and Hyndman,  Mountain Press Publishing:  2000 (classic)
 
Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region (California Natural History Guides, 63),  Gilliam, H., University of California Press: 2002 (classic)
 
Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (California Natural History Guides, 79),  Sloan, D.,  University of California Press: 2006
      
Introduction to California Soils and Plants (California Natural History Guides, 86),  Kruckeberg, A.R., University of California Press: 2006

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