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					                      Agroecology 1000 Lecture Syllabus (FALL 2009)
     Textbook (not required): Agroecology: Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture, by S. R. Gliessman
            Instructor: Dr. David W. Wilson, E-mail: dwwilson@uwyo.edu, Office: Rm 4005 Ag C
                    Office Phone: 766-3329, Student Consulting Hrs MF 3-5 or by appointment

WEEK 1 - (Lab Topic 1: Scientific Research Methodology)
 1   August 24      Intro: Course Structure, Syllabus, Grading, Texts, Lab, E-mail, What is Agroecology?1 & Paradigm
 2 August 26        Agroecology Video (+30 minutes)
 3 August 28        History of Agriculture - (Discussion Topic 1: Anthropologic Roots - 20 pts)

WEEK 2 - (Lab Topic 2: Group Research Project Setup)
    August 31       Anthropology Summary2 - Nutrition and Food Triangles
 4 September 2 Agriculture, Politics and the Environment3
 5 September 4          Science Library Research Day (Library Reference Topic 2: Literature Citations - 20 pts)

WEEK 3 - (Lab Topic 3: UWStudent Webpage Help Session)
 6 September 7       LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (NO CLASS)
 7 September 9       The Future of Agriculture (Jobs and the Internet), Introduction to Making a Personal Home Page4
 8 September 11      Global Perspectives, - (Discussion Topic 3: Global Warming - 20 pts)

WEEK 4 - (Lab Topic 4: Seed Anatomy - Lab Write-up)
 9 September 14      Atmosphere, Solar Inputs & Climate Change Theories5
 10 September 16 Global Climate Change and Effects on Agriculture5
 11 September 18 Crop Adaptation (Discussion Topic 4: World Hunger - 20 pts)

WEEK 5 - (Lab Topic 5: Crop Seed Identification - Individual Quiz)
 12 September 21 The Seed Cycle: Germination to Yield6
 13 September 23 Driving the Energy System: Respiration7
 14 September 25 First Exam Review (100 points)

WEEK 6 - (Lab Topic 6: Crop Plant Anatomy - Lab Writeup)
 15 September 28 Autotrophic vs Heterotrophic Systems, Photosynthesis and Respiration8 , First Exam 7 pm, Rm 1030/1032
 16 September 30 Plant Water Movement (Transpiration and Water Uptake)9-Personal Webpage due before 5 pm - 40 pts
 17 October 2       Plant Reproduction (Discussion Topic 5: SEX and Energy - 20pts)

WEEK 7 - (Lab Topic 7: Crop Plant Identification - Individual Quiz)
 18 October 5       Guest Lecturer - Dr. Robin Groose - Slide show on Australian LEY Agriculture
 19 October 7       Introduction to Group Web Site Project10
  20 October 9      Plant Breeding & Genetic Biotechnology (Discussion Topic 6: Transgenetics - 20 pts)

WEEK 8 - (Lab Topic 8: Crop Quiz & Fast Plant Help session)
 21 October 12      Biodiversity for Sustainablity & Agroecosystem Population Dynamics11
 22 October 14      Guest Lecturer - Dr. Stephen Herbert - Genetic Engineering: Risk & Returns
 23 October 16      Predation and Parasitism (Discussion Topic 7: Misconceptions in Ecology - 20 pts)

WEEK 9 - ( Lab Topic 9: Soil Micro Prep and Soil Physical Properties - Group Quiz)
 24 October 19      Guest Lecturer - Ms. Kelli Belden - Soil & Plant Growth, Chemical & Physical Properties12
 25 October 21      Guest Lecturer - Ms. Kelli Belden - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition13 (MIDSEMESTER GRADES DUE)
 26 October 23      Guest Lecturer - Belden - Soil Fertility (Discussion Topic 8: Organic Fertilization - 20 pts)

WEEK 10 - (Lab Topic 10: Soil Microbial Properties - Lab Writeup) - ADVISING WEEK for Spring 2009
 27 October 26     Guest Lecturer - Dr. Pete Stahl - Soil Microbial Environment & Soil Nutrient Cycles14
 28 October 28     Ecology of Soils: The Disturbance Factor15
 29 October 30     Second Exam Review (100 points)
WEEK 11 - (Lab Topic 11: Weed Identification)
 30 November 2     An Introduction to Weed Science and Technology16, Second Exam 7 pm, Rooms 1030 & 1032
  31 November 4      Agroecosystem Community Ecology Concepts17
  32 November 6      (Discussion Topic 9: Island Biogeographic Theory - 20 pts)

WEEK 12 - ( Lab Topic 12: Plant Diseases - Lab Writeup)
 33 November 9      More on Mutualism and Life History Strategies18
 34 November 11 An Introduction to Plant Pathology19 Web Site Project due by 5:00 pm (120 points)
 35 November 13 (Discussion Topic 10: China vs California Strawberry Production)

WEEK 13 - (Lab Topic 13: Insect Pests and Predators - Group Quiz)
 36 November 16 Guest Lecturer - Dr. David Legg - Integrated Pest Management20 or Insect Biology21
 37 November 18 Agricultural Diversity & Cropping Systems22, Course & Instructor Evaluation
 38 November 20 ***Third Exam Review (100 points)

WEEK 14 - (No Lab)
 39 November 23 (Discussion Topic 11: Invention and Technology), Third Exam 7 pm, Rooms 1030 & 1032
    November 25-29 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (NO CLASS)

WEEK 15 - ( Lab Topic 14: Group Research Project Presentation)
 40 November 30 Ecological Awareness: Conservation Concerns, Farming Practices and Future of Agriculture 23
 41 December 2      (Discussion Topic 12: Ag Paradigms Analysis - 20 pts )
 42 December 4      Makeup Quiz, Self/Group Evaluations, Bonus Crossword, Receive Final Exam Key and Format

WEEK 16 - FINALS (No Lab)
 43 December 7-11 ***Comprehensive FINAL (200 points) - Wednesday, December 9, 10:15-12:15 Rooms Ag 1030 & 1032

      December 18    Final Grades posted on-line by noon

     GRADING (900 Points in Lecture: Three-fourths of course grade + 300 points in *Lab one-fourth course grade) = 1200
         Three Exams: (100 points each - curved) + One Comprehensive Final Exam (200 points - no curve) = 500
                               12 Weekly 20 point Homework Topics (240 points) = 240
                                   Personal Home Page Assignment: (40 points) = 40
        Work Group Web Page Project: (120 points - 50 Individual, 50 group and 20 group evaluation Points) =120
                    *See Lab Syllabus in front of Lab Manual for breakdown of Lab Grading = 300

                     ASSIGNMENT OF GRADES FOR COURSE (There is no separate grade assigned for lab)
                             A = 100-90% or 1240 - 1080 out of 1200 points
                             B = 89.92-80% or 1079 - 960 out of 1200 points
                             C = 79.92-70% or 959 - 840 out of 1200 points
                             D = 69.92-60% or 839 - 720 out of 1200 points
                             F = below 59.92% or below 719 out of 1200 points

                            *Students may receive a half point curve for active class participation,
                                    consistent attendance and outstanding contributions.


                Consult UniReg 802 regarding Academic Dishonesty
                                 http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/legal/Uniregs/ur802.htm
In short: All work must be your own. No duplicate labs, you must submit your own drawings (not drawings or diagrams
 from the web or other members of your group, no plagiarism, crib notes, or use of any electronic devices (including cell
phones) during test periods. No copying from another students paper. If you allow another student to copy from your
  paper, both students will receive a zero. Rules are strictly enforced and will result in a zero on the assignment. The
   first offense will result in hand writing Unireg 802, a second offense will result in an F for the course and dismissal.

          Agroecology 1000 Laboratory Syllabus (FALL 2009)
   Instructor: Dr. Dave Wilson, E-mail: dwwilson@uwyo.edu, Office: Rm 4005 of Ag C, 766-3329, Student Consulting Hrs MF 3-5
                          Textbook: Lab Manual available at UW Bookstore in the Course Packets Section
                           Agroecology Website Address http://w3.uwyo.edu/~dwwilson

  1   August 26           Introductory Lab: Syllabus, Lab Arrangement, Grading, Lab Book, Lab Projects
                          Lab Work Group Assignments, Fast Plants

  2   September 2         Approval of Fast Plant Projects & Begin Project Setup, 3-5 students/group.
                          Project Presentation (25 points) & Writeup (75 points) due end of semester.

  3   September 9         Student Webpage Help Session (40 lecture points) due October 1 st

  4   September 16        Seed Morphology and Development (Individual Lab Writeup* - 20 points)

  5   September 23        Crop Seed Identification (Individual Lab Quiz - 20 points)

  6   September 30        Crop Plant Morphology and Physiology (Individual Lab Writeup* - 20 points)

  7   October 7           Crop & Forage Plant Identification (Individual Lab Quiz* - 20 points)

  8   October 14          Crop and Forage Plant ID Quiz and Fast Plant Project Help Session

  9   October 21          Soil Texture & Physical Properties (Lab Group Quiz-20 points) and Soil Micro Prep Lab
                          (MIDSEMESTER GRADES DUE)

  10 October 28           Soil Microbial Activity Lab (Individual Lab Writeup* - 20 points)

  11 November 4           Crop Competitors Lab: Identification (Individual Lab Quiz* - 20 points)

  12 November 11          Plant Pathogens & Diseases Lab (Individual Lab Writeup* - 20 points)

  13 November 18          Insect Crop Pests Lab (Lab Group Quiz - 20 points)

      November 25-29      THANKSGIVING BREAK (NO CLASSES)

  14 December 2           Fast Plant Project Presentations (20-30 minutes per group)
                          Makeup Quiz (20 pts) NOTE: Final Draft of 5-7 page Project paper (hard copy and DISK copy)
                          are due prior to Oral presentation.

      December 7-11 FINALS WEEK (NO LAB)

                          *Indicates Lab Writeup or Quiz due the following lab session.
GRADING (300 Points in Laboratory: One-fourth of course grade)
Five 20 point Lab Quizzes: (100 points) + One makeup quiz (20 points, may substitute for a missed quiz, writeup or homework)
Four 20 point Lab Book Writeups: (80 Points) Minus two points for each day assignment is late.
Fast Plants Presentation (100 Points): Oral 20 minutes (25 points), Paper 5 page minimum (75 pts)
Fast Plants Work Group and Self evaluation (20 points)

				
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