Course Content and Outcome Guide for BI 141
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- Curriculum Office
- Course Number:
- BI 141
- Course Title:
- Habitats: Life of the Forest
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture hours:
- Lecture/Lab hours:
- Lab hours:
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Course DescriptionExamines structure and function of Oregon forest ecosystems. Covers distribution and interactions of plants, animals, microorganisms, climate and basic geology. Laboratory emphasizes identification and environmental testing. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.
Addendum to Course DescriptionTo clarify the teaching of evolution and its place in the classroom, the Portland Community College Biology Departments stand by the following statements about what is science and how the theory of evolution is the major organizing theory in the discipline of the biological sciences.
- Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. In science, a theory is neither a guess, dogma, nor myth. The theories developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance, but can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation.
- The theory of evolution meets the criteria of a scientific theory. In contrast, creation "science" is neither self-examining nor investigatory. Creation "science" is not considered a legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).
Lab B Notes: The lab for this course has been approved as "Lab B". This means that Faculty effort in preparation and evaluation generally occurs outside of scheduled class hours. Class format is a combination of Faculty lectures and demonstrations, guided student interactions and supervised student application of lectures. Students produce written work such as lab notebooks, reports, and responses in writing to assigned questions, and the Instructor is expected to comment on and grade this written work outside of schedule class hours. This evaluation will take place on a regular basis throughout the term.
Intended Outcomes for the courseA student will collaboratively and independently:
- Use basic principles of ecosystems structure and function to characterize a specific forest.
- Identify and express how humans interact with the forest environment by applying basic principles of forest management.
- Work with a team to initialize and complete a study of the biology, chemistry and physical characteristics of a forest.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Essay and multiple choice exams
- Maintain a detailed field and laboratory notebook
- Weekly applications of laboratory and field experiences
- Self-assessment of group dynamics
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)Concepts and Themes:
- Biodiversity of forest ecosystems
- Energy relationships and environmental systems
- Fundamentals of ecology
- Forest Land, Soil, Watershed and Atmospheric system
- Stream Forest Interactions
- Human Impacts
- Field sampling
- Measuring of environmental parameters --Lab skills
Process Skills (Competency skills):
- Apply scientific method
- Field and lab techniques and equipment
- Use of taxonomic keys
- Equipment to analyze forest microclimates and systems
- Locating and accessing information
- Think critically
- Collaborate with peers -- Work effectively within groups
- Present conclusions logically