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Rochester Institute of Technology
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1001 420 - Plant Ecology
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Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester New York COLLEGE of SCIENCE Department of Biological Sciences Plant Ecology Course Number 1001 420 Outline Description 1 0 2 0 2 0 Title Credit Hours Prerequisites s Corequisite s Plant Ecology 4 1001 340 341 None Course information Course Information Contact Hours 3 3 Classroom Lab Studio Other Maximum students section 20 20 Quarter s offered check Fall Winter X Spring Summer Students required to take this course Students who might elect to take this course Environmental Science majors Biology majors Biotechnology majors 3 0 Goals of the course 3 1 To explain and synthesize concepts about plant ecology at the individual population community and ecosystem level 3 2 To read synthesize and present information from primary scientific papers 3 3 To design implement analyze and present original research on plant ecology 4 0 Course description as it will appear in the RIT Catalog including pre and co requisites quarters offered 1001 420 Plant Ecology A consideration of the nature and variation of plant communities with discussion of factors that limit maintain and modify communities both locally and world wide Laboratory centers on a student designed project including proposal experimental design data gathering and analysis and presentation of results 1001340 341 Class 3 Lab 3 Credit 4 S 5 0 6 0 Possible resources texts references computer packages etc 5 1 Papers selected from primary literature updated annually 5 2 Crawley MJ Plant Ecology 1999 Blackwell Publishers 5 2 Aber J and J Melillo Terrestrial Ecosystems 2001 Brooks Cole Publishers Topics Outline 6 1 Individual and within Species Dynamics 6 1 1 Biomes Limiting Factors 6 1 2 Photosynthesis 6 2 6 3 6 4 6 1 3 Water and Nutrient Acquisition 6 1 4 Sex Pollination and Breeding Systems 6 1 5 Seed Dispersal 6 1 6 Herbivores Defenses 6 1 7 Life History Population Dynamics 6 2 1 Matrix modeling 6 2 2 Population modeling Community Dynamics 6 3 1 Plant Competition 6 3 2 Paleogeography 6 3 3 Community Dynamics 6 3 4 Alternate Stable States Ecosystem Dynamics Case Studies 6 4 1 Disturbance 6 4 2 Food webs 6 4 3 Case Study Northern Hardwood Forests 6 4 4 Case Study The Serengeti 7 0 Intended learning outcomes and associated assessment methods of those outcomes Learning outcome 7 1 To explain and synthesize plant ecological concepts at the individual population community and ecosystem level 7 2 Utilize quantitative methods to describe populations communities and ecosystems 7 3 To experience and demonstrate plant ecology field techniques 7 4 To formulate and test hypotheses 7 5 To communicate results from studies about local ecosystems 7 6 To demonstrate scientific tools of critically reading research papers and writing scientific reports 7 7 To design implement analyze and present original research on plant ecology Lab Project X X X X X X X X Class Paper Discussion X Oral and Written Reports X Exams X X X X X X X X X X 8 0 Program or general educational goals supported by this course 8 1 To improve development of critical thinking skills including experimental study design data analysis and presentation of results 8 2 To develop an understanding of how ecological principles apply to local plant communities 8 3 To introduce students to current techniques used in plant ecology 8 4 To foster communication skills by having students work in groups and present data in a public forum 9 0 Other relevant information such as special classroom studio or lab needs special scheduling media requirements etc A smart classroom that has computer display capabilities Transportation to field sites may be needed 10 0 Supplemental Information None


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