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Habitats: Marine Biology

Course Number: BI 142
Transcript Title: Habitats: Marine Biology
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Examines marine environment and the ecology, physiology, and morphology of marine plants and animals, emphasizing Oregon. Laboratory focuses on identification and environmental testing. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

A student will collaboratively and independently:

  1. Use basic ecosystem principles, identify and understand the biology of various marine phyla to characterize marine habitats.
  2. Use scientific techniques to quantitatively describe parameters of marine habitats and understand the relationship of physical parameters to distribution of biota.
  3. Use an understanding of research, laboratory and/or field experiences to organize data to illustrate and articulate basic ecological principles.
  4. Use critical thinking to evaluate human impacts on marine ecosystems and consider how local consumer and policy decisions can be
  5. informed by an understanding of the interconnectedness of marine habitats and the critical relationship of the sea to human cultures.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Essay and multiple choice exams
  2. Maintain a detailed field and laboratory notebook
  3. Weekly applications of laboratory and field experiences
  4. Self-assessment of group dynamics

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Concepts and Themes

  1. Biodiversity of marine ecosystems
  2. Energy relationships and environmental systems
  3. Fundamentals of ecology
  4. Land and ocean interactions, and atmospheric and marine interactions
  5. Structure and function in marine organisms
  6. Human Impacts

Process Skills (Competency skills)

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Apply scientific method
  4. Lab techniques and equipment
    1. Dissection
    2. Use of taxonomic keys
    3. Structure and function within and between taxa
  5. Locating and accessing information
  6. Think critically
  7. Collaborate with peers - Work effectively within groups
  8. Present conclusions logically

Department Notes

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement about regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science", “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College, therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.

Lab B Notes: The lab for this course has been approved as "Lab B". This means that Faculty effort in preparation and evaluation generally occurs outside of scheduled class hours. Class format is a combination of Faculty lectures and demonstrations, guided student interactions and supervised student application of lectures. Students produce written work such as lab notebooks, reports, and responses in writing to assigned questions, and the Instructor is expected to comment on and grade this written work outside of schedule class hours. This evaluation will take place on a regular basis throughout the term.