Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 100
- Posted by:
- Joyce Kaplan
- Course Number:
- BMZA 100
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Zoo Science
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Course DescriptionExamines the history and mission of zoos, their roles in conservation, zoo structure and governance, and career opportunities. Introduces the taxonomy and general characteristics of animals with a focus on taxa commonly encountered in zoos. Prerequisite: WR 121. Department permission required. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Explain the history and missions of zoos to a variety of audiences.
- Present, to a variety of audiences, career opportunities available through zoos and the specific role animal keepers play within the zoo context.
- Articulate the critical importance of zoos in conservation efforts through outreach programs and personal interactions.
- Present information to a variety of audiences on the characteristics and relationships of zoo animals belonging to a wide diversity of taxa.
Course Activities and Design
The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Homework assignments
- Participation in class discussions
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Overview of the history, missions, roles, operations, and conservation activities of zoos and related organizations.
- Career opportunities available in zoos and related organizations
- Classification and general characteristics of zoo animals.
- Evolution of zoos in different historical periods and understanding the variety of modern zoos.
- Critical evaluation of the mission, operations, and animal welfare status of a zoo.
- Relationship of zoos to the conservation of biodiversity and how this relates to laws regarding keeping wildlife in captivity.
- Exploration of careers in animal care and management, zoo education and visitor relations, and horticulture and facilities management.
- Classification and general characteristics of invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
- Identification of animals at the Oregon Zoo as a representative taxonomy.
- Identify, classify, and present general information regarding all animals at the Oregon Zoo.
- Present general information about the history, mission, roles, and operation of zoos and zoo careers.
- Clear written presentation of information
- Willingness to be an active participant in team discussions regarding career field