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Eemb 171 - ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES
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Syllabus WWMB ES 171 Fall 2016 EEMB ES 171 Ecosystem Processes Fall Quarter 2017 Overview Ecosystems are defined by the interactions among the plants animals microorganisms and abiotic environmental features that affect them This course will cover the flows of energy carbon and nutrients within ecosystems tracing the key processes that define ecosystem function Through the course we will develop the connections between organisms abiotic factors and ecosystem processes The effects of environmental change on ecosystem processes will be highlighted Professor Joshua Schimel Office Noble Hall 1008 e mail Schimel lifeci ucsb edu Office Hours 9 00 10 30 Tuesdays or either just come by or contact me by e mail TAs Office e mail Office Hours Shannon Hagerty Noble Hall 1111 shannon hagerty lifesci ucsb edu Readings Principles of Ecosystem Ecology Chapin et al Springer Either the 2nd ed 2012 by Chapin Matson Vitousek or the 1st ed 2002 by Chapin Matson Mooney I will place several copies of this book on reserve in the Library Additional articles posted on Gaucho Space Evaluation Tests 35 10 for each in class quiz 15 for the final Problem sets 30 Two of them 15 each see separate sheet for guidelines Section 35 Attendance and Participation 15 Attendance means being on time If you are more than 10 minutes late you will lose half attendance credit that day More than 20 minutes late will mean no credit Five research paper write ups 20 see separate sheet for guidelines 1 Syllabus WWMB ES 171 Fall 2016 Class rules 1 I expect you to attend class Even though my powerpoints will be available if you think that you will get what you need from them without attending lectures you are almost certainly wrong My visual materials are outlines and illustrations Exception Problem sets are due in class 2 I require you to attend section These involve hands on exercises and participation is a must If you don t attend section your grade will directly suffer It is not possible to pass the class without attending and participating in sections 3 You must go to the section you are registered in If you must miss a section meeting talk to the TA and see if you can attend a different one 4 Problem sets are due in class on the day listed Any problem set handed in after class that day will be considered late and will be marked down 10 Problem sets handed in on subsequent days will be marked down an additional 10 per day 5 There will be no make up exams If you have a true problem that will prevent you from being there talk to me Josh Schimel as soon as possible I am willing to make alternate arrangements e g using the average of other tests for reasonable situations but I get to define what I consider reasonable 6 If you miss section or a test because of an emergency contact the Professor or TA as soon as it becomes physically possible for you to do so office e mail whatever works We will only consider excusing absences after the fact for a documented emergency health accident family crisis etc I will require certified documentation of the emergency The likelihood that I will be willing to excuse an absence drops substantially with each day that passes 7 I understand that things happen and that there are good reasons why you may need to miss class activities I am willing and sometimes happy to work with you to facilitate these But if you want me to treat you with respect by facilitating your activities start by treating me with respect by coming to discuss the issue as early as possible The old saying it s always easier to get forgiven than to get permission is not true in this class It will always be easier to get permission than forgiven 8 Cheating and plagiarism are serious forms of academic misconduct and will not be tolerated University policies for academic misconduct are strict and the results of cheating and or plagiarism can be a failing grade in extreme cases it can lead to expulsion from the University The definition of plagiarism is available at the Office of Judicial Affairs We are required to report all cases of alleged cheating These policies are deliberately strict To be fair to students who come to class and who do the work I must honor their efforts by not allowing other students to skirt by But if you respect me by working hard and honestly I will return the favor and try to help with your problems Remember I make the rules so I get to make exceptions to them 2 Syllabus WWMB ES 171 Fall 2016 Structure of Discussion Sections Overall your grade from section accounts for 35 of the total class grade A total of 25 is based on the quality of the discussion section write ups and on the presentation of one of the additional recent papers from the primary literature In most discussion sections there will be several activities with short review sessions the week before the first quiz and before each problem set is due Some mix of A Discussion of a paper s B Student presentation of one of the extra papers C Exercise D Review for quiz problem set When there is a paper to be discussed the paper and a set of questions posted on GauchoSpace A Read the paper beforehand B Type up and print out short answers to the questions no more than 2 pages The write ups are due at the beginning of discussion section NO exceptions Write ups will not be accepted late The write ups are each scored out of 10 points with grading based on both the intellectual quality of the answers and the quality of the writing We look for grammatical sentences and a well constructed thoughtful discussion Recent Published Research Papers Students will form groups of 4 5 students and each group will be responsible for presenting one of the additional papers that I ve set up on Gauchospace for each week discussion Groups will pick one of those papers to present in section Whereas the papers I assign for everyone to read are often review articles or sometimes classic papers that helped frame the current thinking the additional recent papers will all be recently published work that targets similar ideas but presents some of the newest work on that topic Groups will be expected to present the core points of the recent work what s the scientific problem what s their central question hypothesis what are the key findings what did the authors learn their conclusions and to help the TA guide the discussion of how thinking has changed and on the significance of the work See write up criteria on Gauchospace for specific guidelines When there is an exercise we will


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