Spring 2022 - BISC 412 D100

Aquatic Ecology (3)

Class Number: 1976

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101, BISC 102, and either BISC 204 or GEOG 215; all with a grade of C- or better.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

The scientific study of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Through a combination of lecture and field/lab components, the course will examine a combination of fundamental concepts of aquatic ecology as well as challenges posed to these ecosystems by environmental change. Students will gain hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and communication. Students who have completed Special Topics BISC 473 Aquatic Ecology may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Description:
This course will focus on the scientific study of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Through a combination of lecture and field/lab components, the course will examine a combination of fundamental concepts of aquatic ecology as well as challenges poised to these ecosystems by environmental change. Students will gain hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and communication based on a series of projects that use a variety of scientific approaches, ranging from classic “wet boots” ecology during field trips to local seashores and streams as well as emerging modern scientific approaches such as “googling science”.

Field Work: For some of the lab sessions, we will be participating in field research outside. Please make sure to dress appropriately, such as with raingear and boots. It will probably be cold and wet. Field work will consist of hiking over slippery and uneven terrain in poor weather. Please let me know ASAP if this poses challenges.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Learning Objectives:

Students are expected to achieve the following learning objectives upon successful completion of the course:
·       Explain basic research methodologies for aquatic ecology.
·       Identify some local aquatic taxa.
·       Describe life-cycle of several key aquatic taxa.
·       Collect scientific data in a collaborative team.
·       Manipulate, analyze, and interpret datasets.
·       Construct scientific hypothesis and design project to address hypothesis.
·       Illustrate effective communication of science.
·       Explain link between science and several management or conservation challenges.

Grading

  • • Lab/Field Project Assignments 60%
  • • Quizzes 15%
  • • Final Project 25%

NOTES:

Tentative and subject to change.


MODE OF TEACHING


Both the lab and lecture will be delivered in synchronously in person.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Readings will be based on historic and current scientific articles. Papers will be available as pdfs on the website. There is no textbook.


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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 spring 2022 term.