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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GLY6838
Tracking Number - 1841
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- Date & Time Submitted: 2005-09-06
- Department: Geology
- College: AS
- Budget Account Number: 122500
- Contact Person: Mark Rains
- Phone: 43310
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prefix: GLY
- Number: 6838
- Full Title: Ecohydrology
- Credit Hours: 3
- Section Type: C -
Class Lecture (Primarily)
- 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
- Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Ecohydrology
- Course Online?: -
- Percentage Online:
- Grading Option:
R - Regular
- Prerequisites: 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Effects of Vegetation Change on Physical & Chemical Hydrology
- 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.
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