Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-160 Ecology
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours 3 laboratory hours
Pre-requisites (if any): Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course.
Course Description in college catalog:
Fundamental principles of ecosystems; plant and animal diversity and the concept of species; environmental adaptations; population dynamics; relationship between man and his environment; problems of conservation and pollution.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.
Communicate effectively in various forms
Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
1. Use the scientific method to design and carry out experiments.
2. Describe the similarities and differences between varying types of ecosystems
3. Explain the interactions that occur between living organisms, and between living organisms and their environment.
4. Read and interpret graphs generated from ecological data.
5. Explain how organisms adapt, acclimate to new environments, and evolve.
6. Write a laboratory report and prepare a poster based on your own original research experiment.
1. Employ scientific methods to study the environment
2. Apply the process of science and scientific research
Other program outcomes (if applicable).
Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:
Student learning will be assessed by lecture exams, lab quizzes, a written laboratory report and in-class and homework assignments
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.