SRJC Course Outlines

6/19/2018 9:16:10 AMBIO 31 Course Outline as of Fall 2016

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BIO 31Title:  TROPICAL BIODIVERSITY  
Full Title:  Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation
Last Reviewed:9/28/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR1.50 Contact DHR26.25
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR 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: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Survey of the ecology, flora, and fauna of rainforests, cloud forests, and dry forests.  Typically taught abroad. Countries such as Costa Rica are used to illustrate both the current extinction crisis and conservation efforts.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Survey of the ecology, flora, and fauna of rainforests, cloud forests, and dry forests.  Typically taught abroad. Countries such as Costa Rica are used to illustrate both the current extinction crisis and conservation efforts.
(Grade or P/NP)

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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2016
Inactive: 
 Area:C
Natural Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 2016
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 2016
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Summer 2007Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Summer 2007Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Apply the scientific method and critical thinking techniques to evaluate biological information from the popular media.
2.  Explain the patterns of biodiversity and species interaction found in tropical biomes in general, and in one country in particular.
3.  Evaluate the impacts of human population growth and resource use on tropical rainforests.

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
 1.  Apply the scientific method to problem solving.
 2.  Explain the principles of evolution, including natural selection and speciation, relate them to genetics, and be able to differentiate these principles from faith-based belief systems.
 3.  Describe the geological history, climate, and principle weather features of tropical rainforests.
 4.  Explain the patterns of biodiversity and species interaction found in tropical biomes and compare them to
       other geographical biomes.
 5.  Contrast the historical and contemporary rates of rainforest clearance.
 6.  Evaluate the immediate and underlying causes of tropical rainforest destruction.
 7.  Explain the economic, political, cultural, and ecological value of intact rainforests.
 8.  Explain the impacts of indigenous forest cultures on disturbances to the forest flora and fauna.
 9.  Use case studies of conservation programs in different countries to describe potential solutions to worldwide
       tropical deforestation.
10. Identify common species of flora and fauna found in the tropical rainforests of a particular country.

Topics and Scope
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Topics will include but not be limited to:
I.   Scientific method versus other methods of processing knowledge and making decisions
    A.  What is science and how is the scientific process conducted?
    B.  Science versus pseudoscience
II.  Principles of evolution
    A.  Natural selection and other mechanisms of evolution
    B.  Speciation
    C.  Adaptations
    D.  Relationship to biodiversity and the current extinction crisis
III. Tropical rainforests
    A.  Geological history
    B.  Climate and weather patterns
    C.  Moist versus dry forests
IV.  Biodiversity
    A.  Species richness and measurements of diversity
    B.  Tropical rainforests compared to other biomes
    C.  Carrying capacity
V.   Species interactions
    A.  Niche partitioning
    B.  Competitive exclusion
    C.  Trophic relationships
    D.  Pollination and dispersion
    E.  Co-evolution
    F.  Keystone species
VI.  Threats and changes to rainforests
    A.  Historical versus contemporary versus projected rates of
        destruction
    B.  Extinction
    C.  Succession
    D.  Causes and processes of clearance
VII. Value of intact forest and costs of destruction
    A.  Ways to assign value
    B.  Loss of biodiversity, resources, and environmental services
    C.  Local, regional, and global change
VIII.  Indigenous cultures
    A.  Tribal forest populations
    B.  Threats and pressures
    C.  Impact on biodiversity
IX.   Potential solutions to ecological challenges
    A.  Immediate action
    B.  Constraints
    C.  Protection and conservation
    D.  Restoration and reforestation
    E.  Sustainable use
    F.  Debt for nature swaps
X.  Species identification
    A.  Dominant plants
    B.  Common animals

Assignments:
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Assignments may include:
 1.  Assigned reading from texts and other sources, 20-30 pages per
     class meeting
 2.  Response papers and other written homework
 3.  In class work: exercises, oral presentations, class discussions
 4.  Field notes
 5.  Participation in class (including field trips)
 6.  Formal assessment: quizzes and 2-4 exams including objective and
     essay 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%
Response papers, written homework, and field notes
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 20%
In class exercises,
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
50 - 70%
Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion, essay, quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Participation, oral presentations, and class discussions


Representative Textbooks:
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The Diversity of Life, Wilson, Edward O., W.W. Norton and Company: 2010 (classic)
 
The Mammals of Costa Rica: A Natural History and Field Guide by Wainwright, M.  Zona Tropical, Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press: 2007 (classic)
 
Travellers' Wildlife Guides: Costa Rica, Beletsky,L.,Interlink Publishing: 2005 (classic)
 
Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology. Chazdon, R.L. and Whitmore, T.C.. University of Chicago Press: 2001 (classic)
 
Tropical Ecology, Kricher, John, Princeton University Press: 2011 (classic)
 
An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests, 2nd edition. Whitmore, T.C.,Oxford University Press: 1998 (classic)
 
Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Political Ecology of Rainforest Destruction. Vandermeer, John and Perfecto, Ivette, Institute for Food and Development Policy: 2005 (classic)
 
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction. Quammen, David, Touchstone: 1996 (classic)
 
Instructor prepared materials

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