Fall 2021 - GEOG 215 D100

The Biosphere (3)

Class Number: 4293

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2021
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 111.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the planetary biosphere, its living organisms, and their interactions with each other and the Earth system.

COURSE DETAILS:

The Biosphere is life on Earth - from biomes, regions determined by temperature and precipitation regimes, such as tropical forests and deserts, to soil microbes, plants and herbivores.  In this course, we will examine the complexities of elements and interactions, both physical and biological, that create and maintain ecosystems. We will also explore applying ecological concepts to the key challenges of our times, such as climate change, sustainability, ecological restoration and conservation of biodiversity.

A combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching will be used for weekly lectures and lab tutorials. The synchronous sessions will be recorded and posted online for asynchronous learning. Attendance at synchronous sessions is optional. The Lecturer will be able to answer questions during office hours (online) or by appointment.

There will be no labs in the first week of class.

Grading

  • Assignments 40%
  • Midterm examination (Synchronous) 25%
  • Final examination (Synchronous) 35%

REQUIREMENTS:

Technical Requirements:

A computer (or other mobile devices) and reliable internet will be needed for attending lectures/labs remotely (via Zoom), accessing Canvas for teaching materials, and participating in group activities.

Materials

RECOMMENDED READING:

Freedman, B. et al. 2016. Ecology: A Canadian Context. 2nd Edition. Publisher: Top Hat eText. eText ISBN: 9780176482008, 0176482008. (Available on VitalSource)


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.