Fall 2019 - REM 311 D100
Applied Ecology and Sustainable Environments (3)
Class Number: 1423
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 16, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WMC 2502, Burnaby
Prerequisites:REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent.
Students will learn to apply the ecological concepts introduced in prereq courses to applied ecological problems at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization. Emphasis will be placed on processes which drive ecological dynamics, on recognizing those processes and dynamics in applied contexts, and on interpreting ecological data. Quantitative.
REM 311 builds on the ecological concepts introduced in prerequisite courses to study the ecological processes that govern the dynamics of populations. Students will use quantitative models to examine the role of data, variability, uncertainty, and assumptions in science and decision making. Students will learn how to improve the sustainable use of natural capital by applying scientific data, ecological theory, ecological models, critical thinking, and Adaptive Management to societal decisions. Before the first class, students should install on their laptops the free, online software programs R (https://www.r-project.org/) and R Studio (https://www.rstudio.com/).
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will achieve the following taxonomy of significant learning (Fink, L.D. 2013. Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California). Course instruction will reflect all taxa of significant learning listed below (i.e., A - F) and the associated Learning Objectives (i.e., 1 - 26). Student assessment will focus on the 15 Learning Objectives under the taxa A) Foundational Knowledge, B) Application, and C) Integration:
A) Foundational Knowledge:
D) Human Dimension:
F) Learning How to Learn:
- Assignments 40%
- Quizzes 20%
- Mid-term exam 15%
- Final exam 25%
Students will require a laptop in class. The SFU library has free, 4-hr loans of laptops: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/borrow/borrow-materials/laptops-equipment/borrow-laptop.
Readings including reports, journal articles, and media articles will be available on Canvas.
SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS