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|Description - |
|An introduction to environmental biology through laboratory and field experiments, examination of local examples illustrating ecological concepts, use of sampling techniques to assess environmental quality, and student research of environmental topics.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- describe and apply the scientific method and explain its uses and limitations as it pertains to environmental biology.
- explain the classification of biodiversity in the three domain system.
- explain biological and ecological concepts using specific examples from the local flora and fauna.
- employ simple field methods for analyzing and evaluating environmental quality.
- discuss local issues related to urbanization.
- research an environmental topic and prepare the results for public and/or classroom presentation.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Fully equipped multi-media laboratory. Students need Internet access. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Scientific method
- Components of the scientific method
- Application and limitations in environmental biology
- Implementation of the scientific method during lab exercises.
- develop and test hypotheses that test causes and outcomes of environmental damage
- Characteristics of the three domains of life and identification of representatives from each the four eukaryotic kingdoms.
- Laboratory exercises to identify microscopic organisms.
- Identification of representative organisms from each kingdom in the field.
- Biological and ecological concepts.
- Evolution, natural selection, and adaptation
- Experimental examination of factors affecting population growth.
- Examination of local examples illustrating ecological concepts such as:
- trophic structure
- Environmental Quality
- Basic vegetation survey and sampling techniques.
- Water quality assessment techniques.
- Air quality assessment techniques.
- Data analysis.
- Problems associated with urbanization.
- Field trips to locations illustrating urbanization issues, such as a recycling center, water treatment facility, or ecological restoration site.
- Conducting research on an environmental topic
- Use of library and internet resources.
- Development and implementation of project design.
- Synthesis and presentation of information for public or classroom display.
- Peer-critiques of research presentations.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Frequent quizzes.
- Completion of lab exercises.
- Research project on an local environmental issue.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Schultz, G. Environmental Biology Lab Manual. Foothill College. 2010. |
Supplemental Readings as provided by the instructor.
|Disciplines - |
|Biology or related fields |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Laboratory, Field trips, |
|Lab Content - |
|Labs will include: |
- Introduction to the process of science and development of experiments and scientific research.
- Identification of plants and animals and biodiversity assessment of Foothill Campus
- Introduction to biological monitoring.
- The hydrologic cycle - watershed ecology, stream ecology
- Field trip to a water treatment facility.
- Field Trip to an organic farm.
- Field Trip to participate in an ecological restoration project.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Students will keep a field journal.
- Students will be required to complete background reading assignments related to laboratory topics.
- Students will engage in a biodiversity assessment of the Foothill Campus and evaluate the campus for organismal diversity.