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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BSC6002

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Current Status: -
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5441 2016-04-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Biology AP 511209
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Deby Cassill 7274241424

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BSC 6002 Conservation Biology Techniques

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

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 O - Other -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Biology Techniques
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Introduction to techniques used in conservation biology to assess, study, and protect biodiversity.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    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 in an elective that will support the proposed MS in Conservation Biology.

    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.)

    PhD in Biology or related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Identify the common physical, chemical, and biological features used to define and study streams and rivers.

    2. Describe the key conservation issues for Florida’s streams and rivers.

    3. Identify common meiofauna, macroinvertebrates, algae, aquatic plants, and fish found in these habitats and used to determine water quality.

    4. Describe key models used to define habitat quality.

    5. Identify the key elements in stream/river management plans, and evaluate management plans for minimum flows.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    90% of students will complete the class and field trips with 75% or greater grade.

    C. Major Topics

    Conservation issues for Florida streams, rivers

    Physical and chemical features

    Assessment techniques

    Field trip, Gum Springs, stream sampling

    Benthic macroinvertebrates

    Benthic algae

    Habitat quality parameters

    Field trip, Little Manatee River

    Productivity, Food web analyses

    Modeling flow and ecosystem quality

    Field trip, Myakka River

    Aquatic plants, riparian processes

    Minimum flow management plans

    Group Project work

    D. Textbooks

    Hauer, F. and Lamberti, G.A. 2007. Methods in Stream Ecology, 2nd edition. Academic Press, 896 pp.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    To be determined after assessing the goals of students.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    1) Review paper

    Each student will be required to write a review paper on a current technique used in stream or river ecology and its application to conservation. The text should be approximately 15 pages in length, excluding cover page, references, figures and tables. Total = 150 pts. Tentative topics are due Week 3. The final review paper is due Week 14.

    2) Participation

    There will be weekly discussions on the topics and readings presented in class. Attendance at the field trips is mandatory. All students will be expected to actively participate in these discussions, and to co-lead one discussion during the semester.

    3) Field and lab notebook

    Each student will be expected to keep a detailed and well organized field and lab notebook that will serve as a reference for techniques introduced in the course, and data collected in the field and lab. (100 pts)

    4) Project

    Each student will participate in a group project that utilizes some technique introduced during the course. A project proposal (100 pts) will be due Week 4, and the final project is due Week 15.

    The total course points = 500 pts.

    The following grading scale will be used in assigning final grades:

    A+ = 97.6-100%

    A = 93.6-97.5%

    A- = 89.6-93.5%

    B+ = 87.6-89.5%

    B = 83.6-87.5%

    B-= 79.6-83.5%

    C+= 77.6-79.5%

    C = 73.6-77.5%

    C- = 69.6-73.5%

    D = 60-69.5%

    F = < 60%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Week 1 Conservation issues for Florida streams,


    Week 2 Physical and chemical features, 3, 4, 5

    Assessment techniques

    Week 3 Field trip, Gum Springs, stream sampling

    Week 4 Benthic macroinvertebrates 19, 20, 35

    Week 5 Benthic algae 16, 34

    Week 6 Habitat quality parameters 28, 29, 30

    Week 7 Field trip, Little Manatee River

    Week 8 Productivity, Food web analyses 23, 26, 27

    Week 9 Modeling flow and ecosystem quality

    Week 10 Field trip, Myakka River

    Week 11 Aquatic plants, riparian processes 18

    Week 12 Minimum flow management plans

    Week 13 Group Project work

    Week 14 Group Project work

    Week 15 Group Project due, presentation of results

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS in Conservation Biology

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Florida Studies


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