Biology 4600 Conservation Biology 2007

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					              Biology 4600 Conservation Biology 2007
Instructor: Dr. Theresa Burg                   Office: D876
Email: theresa.burg@uleth.ca                   Office Hours: drop-in or by appointment

Lectures: UHall C630, Tues/Thurs 12:15-13:30 pm
  A pdf of the slides presented in lecture will be posted on WebCT prior to the lecture.
Please print these and bring them to lecture. These are not a substitute for attending
class. Many of the diagrams are taken from readings, and we will be highlighting the
salient features which are important for you to know.

Pre-requisites:
 Biol 2200 Ecology
 two 3000 level biology courses OR admission to the post-diploma BSc in
Environmental Science

Recommended:
 Biol 3300 Evolution

Textbook:
 Principles of Conservation Biology by Groom, Meffe, Carroll and others.

Academic Dishonesty
  Guidelines for academic offences and student conduct are outlined in the university
calendar. Please make sure that you are aware of and understand the procedures and
consequences of actions, such as, plagiarism and cheating. Ignorance of these policies
will not be accepted as a defence. Students found partaking in such activities will receive
a “0” for that particular assignment/exam. If the nature of the act is serious,
recommendation for disciplinary action will be forwarded to the Dean.
  Interfering with work of others is a form of academic dishonesty. It is exemplified by
hiding or destroying resource material and, thus, obstructing other students from
completing assignments. Students found interfering with other’s work will receive an
automatic “0” for that assignment/exam.

Important Dates
 Oct 11 midterm exam
 Nov 27 grant proposal is due at beginning of class, late grants will not be accepted.
 Dec 13 2-5pm The final exam is currently set for this date. I will notify you if the
Registrar’s office changes the date.

Exams
  Exams will cover material from both lectures and any assigned readings. It is important
to attend class and read the textbook if you want to do well in the course. Make-up
exams will only be given to students who provide a medical note within 48 hours of the
scheduled exam.

Students with Disabilities
  If you have a disability that requires special dispensation, it is your responsibility to
contact the Disability Resource Office.
                                                     BIOL 4600 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Lecture Topics
Global Biodiversity
Threats: Habitat Loss, Overexploitation, Invasive Species, Climate Change
Solutions: Conservation Genetics, Approaches to Conservation, Policy

Grading
  Midterm (20%) The midterm will consist of short answers (1-3 sentences) and long
answers (1-2 paragraphs). Material from student presentations and guest lectures will
appear on the final exam.
  Final (30%) The final exam is cumulative and will focus on course material not
covered on the midterm. An emphasis will be placed on material after midterm, but
students should be familiar with ALL course material, including student presentations,
for the exam. The format will be similar to the midterm exam.
  Grant Proposal (30%) (due Nov 27 at 1215 pm) Students are required to write a grant
proposal on any topic of their choice related to the course.
  Oral Presentation (10%) Each student will give a short 12 minute presentation on a
topic of their choice related to conservation biology. Topics must be approved by me no
later than one week before the scheduled presentation.
  Discussion/Participation (10%) I encourage students to ask questions during class to
stimulate discussions on lecture material. In turn I will ask you questions throughout the
lectures. You will be graded on your participation in class and discussions.

Grade Distribution
               Letter grade     Percentage
                   A+           90-100%
Excellent          A            85-89.9%
                   A-           80-84.9%
                   B+           77-79.9%
Good               B            73-76.9%
                   B-           70-72.9%
                   C+           67-69.9%
Satisfactory       C            63-66.9%
                   C-           60-62.9%
Poor               D+           55-59.9%
Minimal pass       D            50-54.9%
Fail               F            0-49.9%




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