University of Mississippi, Department of Biology, BISC322, General Ecology

Biology 322 – Ecology – Fall 2015

Dr. Stephen Threlkeld, Professor of Biology; 328 Shoemaker; 662-915-5803;; Office hours: Th 1-4 pm, or by appointment.

Catalog Description of Course Objectives and Learning Objectives Basic principles of ecology of plants and animals. After completing this course, students should understand variation in the distribution and abundance of plants and animals, and be able to properly interpret data related to the distribution and abundance of plants and animals. They should also be aware of contemporary issues relating to ecology, including global climate change, resource management, population growth, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and pollution.

Teaching assistant Caleb Aldridge;; Office hours: TBA, or by appointment.

Required course readings Molles, Manual C., Jr. 2005-2012. Ecology: concepts and applications. 3rd-6th edition. (3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th editions can be used) McGraw-Hill; Leopold, Aldo. 1949. A Sand County Almanac and sketches here and there. Special Commemorative Edition. Oxford University Press; and other readings to be announced.

Course grading Grades will be based on pop quizzes (10%), midterm exam (20%), laboratory assignments (30%), and a final comprehensive examination (40%). Your grade will be the better of two grades determined on the following scales: Scale 1: A, > 90%; B, 80-89%; C, 70-79%; D, 60-69%; F, < 60%; Scale 2: A, > 1.5 standard deviations above the mean; B, from 0.5 to 1.5 standard deviations above the mean; C, + 0.5 standard deviations from the mean; D, from 0.5 to 1.5 standard deviations below the mean; F, > 1.5 standard deviations below the mean. No plus or minus grades will be given.

Make-up exams A single comprehensive make-up exam will be given immediately after the final exam for anyone who missed either midterm exam (no make-ups will be given for missed pop quizzes or laboratories).

Attendance Policy Attendance will be taken at various times during the first two weeks of the semester (in lecture and lab) and reported to the University on or before September 7 in order to comply with federal regulations related to receiving financial assistance. For details see the new attendance policy

Schedule of lectures (MWF, 9-9:50 am, 323 Shoemaker) and laboratories (M,Tu,W 1:00-3:50 pm; 225 Shoemaker or as announced).

Last Modified: Saturday, August 22, 2015
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