Fall 2009 (Second Half of Semester)

Faculty Information
David R. Perault, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Office Location: Hobbs 216
Office Telephone: 434-544-8370
E-mail: perault@lynchburg.edu

Course Information
Class: Tuesday, Thursday 8:30-9:45 Hobbs 317
Lab: Tuesday 1:00-4:00 Hobbs 284

Course Materials
Turner, M. G., R. H. Gardner, and R. V. O'Neill.  (2003).  Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition.  Springer-Verlag.  New York, NY  0-387-95123-7 (optional)
Turner, M. G., R. H. Gardner, and R. V. O'Neill.  (2003).  Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice, Springer-Verlag.  New York, NY 978-0-387-95123-2 or eBook   Optional 
Nash, S. (1999).  Blue Ridge 2020:  An Owner's Manual.  University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC  0-8078-4759-3 (required)
Perault, D. R.  (2009).  ENVS 325 Lectures (required)

Course Description
Examines the mechanisms underlying large-scale ecological processes and their changes across both space and time. The relationships among landscape structure, resource distributions, and populations are studied, with an emphasis at the ecosystem level.  Prerequisites: ENVS 101-102 or BIOL 111-112 (or permission of instructor).

Purpose of Course
This course is an elective for the Environmental Science major, helping meet the following Environmental Science Program goals:
Goal 2:  Environmental science majors will be able to communicate orally and in writing general and specialized environmental science knowledge.
Goal 3:  Environmental science majors will acquire basic field and procedural skills in Environmental Science, Chemistry, & Math.
Goal 4:  Environmental science majors will have specialized knowledge in one or more areas of Environmental Science.

Course Objectives
Students will understand . . .

  Assessment Tool
History/Basic Concepts Exams, Readings
Scale Exams
Pattern and Process Exams
Ecosystem Dynamics Exams, Labs
Impact Assessment Exams, Labs
Fragmentation Remediation Labs
Ecosystem Management Class Project
Critical Thinking Exams, Class Readings
Real World Applications Exams, Labs, Class Project

Grading Structure

Exam 1 25%   Number Grade Letter Grade   Number Grade Letter Grade
Exam 2 25%   97-100 A+   77-79 C+
Labs 20%   93-96 A   73-76 C
Project 15%   90-92 A-   70-72 C-
Readings 10%   87-89 B+   67-69 D+
Attendance  5%   83-86 B   63-66 D
  100%   80-82 B-   60-62 D-


        <60 F

Two exams (non-comprehensive) will be used to evaluate student's knowledge and critical thinking.  Periodically, classes will be spent discussing class reading assignments.  In addition, students will complete an individual project where they will generate an ecosystem management plan.  Laboratory exercises will be devoted to exposing students to applied examples demonstrating landscape ecology.  Students are expected to conduct themselves during labs in a professional manner.  Inappropriate behavior will result in a zero for all remaining labs.   

All students are expected to attend and participate in the class and laboratory sessions. Attendance in class will constitute 5% of the final grade and will be assessed with random attendance checks.  Legitimate absences will only be excused with PRIOR notification.  Tardiness will count as an absence.

As a courtesy to others, cell phones need to turned off or set to silent AND put away.  Students text messaging will be asked to leave and given a 0 for that day's attendance.

Email will be the primary form of communication between the instructor and students.  It is the responsibility of the student to have a working email account and to check it regularly.  Students using a non-Hornet account should provide that account. 

Students may gain information about the class through this web and associated class web pages. 

Honor Code
Cheating is not tolerated. Check with your instructor if you have any concerns that arise throughout the term or do not fully understand college definitions for cheating such as plagiarism. Be familiar with the Lynchburg College Honor Code in the Hornet Student Handbook.

Extra Credit
Opportunities for extra credit will be available throughout the semester.  Grades will not be curved at the end of the semester.

Landscape Ecology is being taught in conjunction with Conservation Biology (first half of semester).  It is not required to take both courses.

Lynchburg College is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities.  The Support Services Office, located on the second floor of Hall Campus Center in Academic & Career Center, works with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.  Students registered with Support Services, who have a letter requesting accommodations, are encouraged to contact the instructor with their letter as soon as possible each semester - accommodations are not retroactive.  Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, or psychiatric) are invited to contact the Support Services Coordinator for a confidential meeting.  Call 434-544-8687 or e-mail the Coordinator at Arnold.sm@lynchburg.edu.  Additional information is available at the Lynchburg College Disability Support Services website:  http://www.lynchburg.edu/disabilityservices.xml.

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