Spring 2023 - REM 311 D100

Applied Ecology (3)

Class Number: 2740

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    REM 100 or EVSC 100; BISC 204 or GEOG 215 or REM 211; STAT 201 or STAT 203 or STAT 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent. Recommended: REM 225.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Builds on foundational ecological concepts 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. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

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. Students should familiarize themselves with the free, online software R and R Studio.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the processes that govern the dynamics of populations,
  2. Link patterns in data to specific ecological models,
  3. Interpret the results of quantitative population models,
  4. Apply quantitative population models to decisions about species recovery, resource management, environmental monitoring, and land-use planning,
  5. Outline how Adaptive Management improves societal decisions about the sustainable use of natural capital.

Grading

  • Tutorials 20%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Mid-term exam 20%
  • Final exam 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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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