SRJC Course Outlines

2/22/2018 8:37:01 AMBIO 85.2 Course Outline as of Spring 2015

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 85.2Title:  PEPPERWOOD- BIOTIC ENVT  
Full Title:  Pepperwood Natural History- Biotic Environment
Last Reviewed:10/13/2014

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 Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0Total Student Learning Hours: 0 

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:  ERTHS 85.2
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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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

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 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)

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: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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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 observations in a field journal.

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Upon successful 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 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
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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 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
III.  Plants
     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
IV.  Animals
     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

Assignments:
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1.  Reading 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 and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation and attendance


Representative Textbooks:
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The California Naturalist Handbook, de Nevers, G., et al, 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)
 
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Sibley, D.A.,  Knopf Publishing, 2003 (classic)
 
Trees and Shrubs of California Coast (California Natural History Guides, 62), Stuart, J.D., and J.O. Sawyer,  University of California Press, 2001 (classic)
 
Introduction to California Plant Life (California Natural History Guides, 69), Ornduff, R., et al., University of California Press, 2003 (classic)
 
Spring Wildflowers of California of the Foothills, Valley and Coast (California Natural History Guides, 75), Munz, P.A., University of California Press, 2004 (classic)
 
Mammals of California (California Natural History Guides, 66), Jameson, E.W., and Peeters, H.J., University of California Press, 2004 (classic)

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