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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GLY6838

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1841 2005-09-06
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Geology AS 122500
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Mark Rains 43310

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GLY 6838 Ecohydrology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    MAC 2311 Calculus I or the equivalent.


    Course Description

    This course covers hydrological processes along the atmosphere-plant-soil continuum and the ways in which hydrological processes control ecological structure and function.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The USF Department of Geology is striving to be the first choice for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in environmental geology. The hydrologic sciences are a critical component of environmental geology, a fact that is increasingly tru

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course has been taught twice. On both occasions, there were approximately 20 students from a variety of departments including, but not limited to, Geology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Anthropology, and Biology. This is one of a few courses where these students are taught the hydrological processes on the atmosphere-plant-soil continuum, and the only course where these students are taught the ways in which hydrological processes control ecosystem structure and function.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The course has been offered twice as GLY 6739: Ecohydrology. In Spring 2004, the course had 21 students; in Fall 2005, the course has 19 students and I have had to turn away approximately 5 students to stay below the 20 student enrollment cap.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The instructor must have a Ph.D. in hydrology or a related discipline, but must also have demonstrated training and/or experience in ecology or a related discipline.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The primary objective of this course is to teach students to think broadly about all forms of interaction between biota and water in the hydrosphere.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to understand and quantify the roles plants play in the hydrological cycle; and will be able to understand the how hydrological processes, some of which they cannot even see, control ecological structure and function in a variety of aquaitic ecosystems.

    C. Major Topics

    Forces Acting on Water

    Uptake by and Flow in Plants


    Biogeochemistry of Submerged Soils

    Biological Adaptations to Life in Submerged Soils

    Gradient Analysis & Catenas

    River Ecohydrology

    Effects of Vegetation Change on Physical & Chemical Hydrology

    Ecohydrological Models

    D. Textbooks

    None. There are just three textbooks, none of which are adequate. Instead, I assign individual chapters from the available textbooks and peer-reviewed papers from a variety of journals.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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