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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EVR6408

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1933 2004-04-16
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Environmental Science and Policy AS 122400000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    L. Donald Duke 48087

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EVR 6408 Wildlife Ecology

    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)
    Wildlife Ecology
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate standing. Undergraduate students may enroll under co-listed undergraduate number.


    Course Description

    Population ecology, animal behavior, food resources, habitat resources, wildlife diseases, predation, competition, wildlife and water, wildlife and soils, hunting and trapping, exotic wildlife, urban wildlife, and conservation.

  3. Justification

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

    If approved, this course would be one of the few courses available at USF that deals specifically with wildlife ecology, and the only one with field technique instruction.

    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?

    Offered three times as special-topics course, with robust demand each time. As mentioned above, the content of this course is unique at USF. In addition to ESP, students in Biology, Geography, Geology, Education, and Public Health have enrolled, and continuing interest from those departments is expected. It will be a required course within one area of concentration in the ESP Department curriculum.

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

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

    Ph.D. or masters degree in ecology with specialization in wildlife ecology. In addition, practical field work with wildlife species.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course will provide graduate students with an in-depth knowledge of wildlife ecology. In addition, students will be able to critique new hypotheses in the field of wildlife ecology and explore the relationship between wildlife management/conservation programs and the research that has led to important recommendations for particular species. Students will have mastery of this issues and theories associated with this quickly evolving field.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate mastery of wildlife ecology concepts as applied to selected case studies, via written homework assignments, critical discussions, and examinations. Towards the end of the semester, students will prepare an oral presentation associated with a topic of their choice in the above field.

    C. Major Topics

    1. Ecosystems and Natural Communities

    2. Population Ecology

    3. Animal Behavior and Wildlife Management

    4. Food and Cover

    5. Wildlife Diseases

    6. Predators and Predation

    7. Competitors and Competition

    8. Hunting and Trapping

    9. Urban Wildlife

    10. Exotic Wildlife

    11. Nongame and Endangered Wildlife

    12. Economics of Wildlife

    13. Conserving Wildlife

    14. Wildlife as a Public Trust

    D. Textbooks

    Wildlife Ecology and Management by E.G. Bolen and W.L. Robinson (1999).

    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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