SRJC Course Outlines

12/9/2018 3:29:21 PMNRM 84 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  NRM 84Title:  INTRO FISH/WILDLIFE CONS  
Full Title:  Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Last Reviewed:3/9/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

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: 

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the study of fish and wildlife conservation management principles, techniques, and issues, including habitat management and population estimation. Students will become familiar with local and regional wildlife species, as well as develop expertise in wildlife identification and common field techniques used by wildlife managers.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to the study of fish and wildlife conservation management principles, techniques, and issues, including habitat management and population estimation.  Includes study of local and regional wildlife species, wildlife identification, and field techniques.
(Grade or P/NP)

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


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1999Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Identify common wildlife species using keys and reference books.
2.  Summarize the basic survival requirements of fish and wildlife
3.  Describe the habitat requirements of various game and non-game
4.  Evaluate the use of various wildlife management techniques involved in
   habitat modification and population estimation.
5.  Compare and contrast the specific tools for determining fish and
   wildlife population numbers.
6.  Differentiate among several wildlife management concepts and select an
   appropriate one when given a set of criteria.
7.  Describe the life history of a variety of wildlife species.
8.  Evaluate the impact of human beings in wildlife management.
9.  Assess the effectiveness of wildlife management in endangered species

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
 A. Neglect and exploitation
 B. History of fish and wildlife conservation in the United States
    1. Resource exploitation and settlement of the U.S.
    2. Conservation movement and species protection
    3. Development of agencies and regulations protecting wildlife
    4. Endangered Species Act and the inherent value of wildlife
 C. Wildlife management concepts
 D. California wildlife
    1. Bird topography and feather morphology
    2. Common birds of California
    3. Common mammals of California
    4. Fish of California
II. Wildlife Ecology
 A. Ecological niche
 B. Wildlife behavior
 C. Home range vs. territory
 D. Dispersal and migration
 E. Food
    1. Quality
    2. Quantity
    3. Seasonal forage requirements
 F. Cover
    1. Types
    2. Shelter and concealment requirements
 G. Water
    1. Availability
    2. Habitat types
 H. Competition
 I. Predation
III. Wildlife Population Ecology
 A. Population structure
 B. Natality and mortality
 C. Sex and age ratios
 D. Population dynamics
 E. Population estimation
    1. techniques
    2. tools
IV. Wildlife Habitat Management
 A. Succession
 B. Forest management for wildlife
 C. Managing rangelands for wildlife
 D. Identifying limiting factors
 E. Habitat modification
V. Techniques
 A. Collecting and preserving specimens
 B. Record keeping and field journals
 C. Sexing criteria
 D. Aging criteria
 E. Trapping techniques
 F. Banding and marking techniques
 G. Food analysis
VI. Wildlife Diseases
 A. Why study wildlife diseases?
 B. Parasites and pathogens
 C. Diseases and habitat
VII. Hunting and Trapping
 A. General theory of harvesting animals
 B. Managing for the hunter
 C. Minimizing conflicts
VIII. Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
 A. Role of conservation biology in wildlife management
     1. Wildlife in parks and refuges
     2. State and federal refuges and wildlife areas
     3. Habitat corridors and fragmentation
     4. Urban wildlife
     5. Exotic species
 B. Non-game and endangered species management and recovery
     1. Managing to save
     2. Successful examples of recovery
 C. Overpopulation
 D. Wildlife as a public trust

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Assignments may include:
1. Reading assignments totaling approximately 25 pages per week from the
2. Field work and lab exercises on: population enumeration; trapping and
  marking; sexing and aging techniques.
3. Field work and lab telemetry exercise.
4. Oral presentation of research on one wildlife species, including basic
  natural history and appropriate number of visual aids.
5. Short (2-5 pages) written lab reports on large mammals, birds, and fish
  with a complete description of each species, their preferred habitat,
  feeding habits, and life cycle.
6. Midterm lab 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
10 - 30%
Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Field work, Lab exercises.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Oral presentation.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks:
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WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 5th ed. Eric G. Bolen and William
Robinson. Prentice Hall, 2002.
MANAGING OUR WILDLIFE RESOURCES, Stanley Anderson. Prentice Hall, 2001.

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