Course Syllabus: Ecology 101


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Course Description

A study of ecology is important to understand in today's world. Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment; specifically, ecology identifies and explains the holism, or critical connections, between plants and animals and the world around them and how those relationships affect the planet. Through this understanding, ecology provides information about how to use Earth's resources responsibly in order to leave a healthy environment for future generations.

The scope of ecology is as wide as the diversity if life on the planet. From bacteria in lakes to animals living in the arctic, ecologists study all types of environments, or ecosystems. Understanding all of these continually changing factors is overwhelming and difficult to grasp.

This general ecology course will provide a solid foundation on fundamental ecology topics, which many students require for future studies in various fields. This comprehensive course will include these topics:

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations
  • Biodiversity
  • Mass Extinctions
  • The World's Species
  • Biogeography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Systems Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Human Ecology
  • Natural Resource Management

Course Requirements

It is recommended individuals have basic knowledge of biology before enrolling into Essentials of Ecology 101.

Universal Class offers Introduction to Biology (CRN: 7550425
http://biology101.onlineclasses.com) and Biology 101 CRN: 7550569 http://biology.onlineclasses.com).

Individuals should have a high school reading level.

No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Introduction to Ecology

Lesson 2: Ecology Basics

Lesson 3: Ecology and Evolution

Lesson 4: Evolutionary Ecology

Lesson 5: Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations

Lesson 6: Biodiversity

Lesson 7: Mass Extinctions

Lesson 8: The World's Species

Lesson 9: Biogeography

Lesson 10: Geographical Information Systems

Lesson 11: Landscape Ecology

Lesson 12: Population Ecology

Lesson 13: Community Ecology

Lesson 14: Physiological Ecology

Lesson 15: Ecosystem Ecology

Lesson 16: Systems Ecology

Lesson 17: Plant Ecology

Lesson 18: Animal Ecology

Lesson 19: Human Ecology

Lesson 20: Natural Resource Management

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or higher overall grade average.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Ecology Basics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Interspecies and Intraspecies Relations
  • Biodiversity
  • Mass Extinctions
  • The World's Species
  • Biogeography
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Population Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Systems Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Human Ecology
  • Natural Resource Managemen, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12 Exam9
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Assignment25
Lesson 15 Exam10
Lesson 16 Assignment25
Lesson 16 Exam10
Lesson 17 Assignment25
Lesson 17 Exam10
Lesson 18 Assignment25
Lesson 18 Exam10
Lesson 19 Assignment25
Lesson 19 Exam10
Lesson 20 Assignment25
Lesson 20 Exam9
The Final Exam95
Total Points:796
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