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A Course Description

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    COURSE SYLLABUS

    Center for General Education

    Fall, 2011

    Course NameEcology (生態學)

    Course Number Credits2 ? Required ? Optional

    A. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    The ecosystem is a distinct and important hierarchical level of organization of life on the

    planet. It offers all kinds of resources for supporting the organisms’ survival. In the past,

    Humans often seize resources from marine ecosystem and ignore the destruction of the

    environment, only for some economic reasons. By now, we became acutely aware of the fact

    that there are many sides to ecological problems. Not only economic profits, political

    differences, social factors and moral dilemmas are common components of decisions about

    ecological issues. College students have the right and obligation to find out these controversial

    points. The aim of the course is to improve students’ knowledge of biology and ecology, to

    guide them to observe the environmental issue with the biologist’s viewpoint. The subjects are

    as follows: ecology and how to do it, physical conditions and the availability of resources,

    evolutionary ecology, from populations to communities, biodiversity, the flux of energy and

    matter through ecosystems, sustainability and conservation.

    B. COURSE OBJECTIVES

    1. To help students understand the application of ecology in human life.

C. WEIGHTS RELATED TO STUDENTS CORE CAPABILITIES

    School

    Creativity Competitivity Benefaction Morality Communication level

    30 30 20 10 10 weight

    College Creative Digital Team Aesthetics Linguistic

    level Thinking Technology Working Appreciation Skillfulness

    40 20 20 15 5 weight

    Inventive Analysis Job Aesthetics English Department Innovation Conducting Coordination Application Proficiency level (A) (B) (C) (D) (E)

    40 30 20 5 5 weight

D. COURSE TOPICS

    1. The Environments

    2. Autecology

    3. Population Ecology

    4. Community and Ecosystem Ecology

    5. Major Ecosystems of the Biosphere

    6. Conservation of Biodiversity

    E. TEACHING APPROACH

    1. To associate practice with theorem through lectures and in class discussion.

F. GRADING PLAN

Grading 評量方式 % Sub-items Descriptions item

    Assignments 15% Well-organized and detail-oriented in report. Partici-30% pation Oral Quizzes 15% Completeness of problem analysis.

    Written Test 30% Correctness and logic thinking. Mid-term 35% Refinement 5% Refinement of exam text.

    Written Test 30% Correctness and logic thinking. Final 35% Refinement 5% Refinement of exam text.

G. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

    Week Chapter Contains Note

    1 Introduction

    2 Organisms and Environments

    3 Autecology

    4 Population Ecology

    5 Community

    6 Ecological Succession

    7 Biodiversity

    8 Large-scale Rcology

    9 Midterm

    10 Conservation

    11 Ecological Sustainability

    12 Group Report (1/6)

    13 Group Report (2/6)

    14 Group Report (3/6)

    15 Group Report (4/6)

    16 Group Report (5/6)

    17 Group Report (6/6)

    18 Final Exam

    H. TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES

    Materials prepared and organized by class Instructor (with PPT files). I. REFERENCES

    1. 郝道猛‧1988. 生態學概論。徐氏基金會

    2. 朱錦忠,2001. 生態學。台北高立

    3. 金恆鑣等 2002. 生態學。台北麥格羅,希爾

J. PRE-REQUISITES

    None.

    K. ASSOCIATED TEACHING RESOURCES

     Slides (by PowerPoint) are projected in class.

L. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT

    1. Regular attendance is expected, those who absent from class twice will result in an

    obligatory study report and 2 points deduction from participation

    2. No late submission is allowed, violator is punished by 2 points deduction of his/her

    classroom participation

    3. If you are required to leave the room due to emergency, please just do it quietly

    4. I do encourage and expect students to fully express themselves in class

ATTACHMENT 1

    The Two-way Specification Table of Midterm (Final) Exam Exam Type memorization realization application analysis appreciation innovation Total

    Midterm essays 10% 20% 25% 25% 10% 10% 100%

    Final essays 10% 20% 25% 25% 10% 10% 100%

    Subtotal essays 10% 20% 25% 25% 10% 10% 100%

    Total 10% 20% 25% 25% 10% 10% 100%

    (for reference purpose only, not required if class is less than 2 years old.)

ATTACHMENT 2

    Rubrics for Midterm (Final) Exam

    WEIGHTS RELATED TO STUDENTS (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) CORE CAPABILITIES

    1. Homework Assignments (60%) 40% 30% 20% 5% 5%

    2. Midterm Report (20%) 40% 30% 20% 5% 5%

    3. Final Report (20%) 40% 30% 20% 5% 5%

(for reference purpose only.)

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