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COURSE NUMBER: SUST102
COURSE TITLE:Ecology the Economy of Nature
DIVISION:Technology
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:4
CONTACT HOURS:60
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:185
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. This course provides a background in the fundamental principles of ecological science, including concepts of natural selection, population and community ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability. Students will acquire an “ecological literacy” about how the natural world works, and develop an understanding of how scientific methods are used to construct ecological knowledge. The course will also explore some of today’s major ecological challenges, and the important research that is being done to address these concerns.

PREREQUISITES:
None

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Biological Principles:
    • Learn to competently use the scientific method in class, labs, and everyday situations.
    • Students will understand how species are adapted to the environment
    • Students will explore and study how animals behave and interact
    • Students will be able to define a population, community, and ecosystem
    • Students will understand the causes and effects of climate change
    • Student will understand how nutrients and energy flow and cycle in an ecosystem.
    • Explain the basic ecosystem classification system and be able to identify different biomes.
  • Personal and Societal Concepts:
    • Understand and discuss threats to diversity including overexploitation, invasive species, and habitat destruction
    • Develop a sense of place, identity, and community by learning more about local environment
    • Identify local ecosystems and some of their major organisms
    • Understand the difference between ecology and environmentalism or environmental science
    • Recognize the quality and beauty of healthy ecosystems
    • Students will learn about ecologists who have contributed to science and society and their stories to gain perspective and appreciation

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  • Unit One: Natural History and Evolution
  • Unit Two: Adaptions to the Environment
  • Unit Three: Population Ecology
  • Unite Four: Interactions
  • Unite Five: Communities and Ecosystems

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Ecology – Concepts and Applications. Mc Graw Hill. Manuel C. Molles Jr. & Anna A. Sher. Isbn: 9781259880056

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
  • Test
  • Quiz
  • Lab
  • Homework
STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Spring 2019

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