Dr. Jeff Kopachena, Science and Technology Center, Rm 258 (Phone 903 886-5395)
Office hours: MW 9:00 - 10:00, T 10:00 - 11:00
1. Smith & Smith. 2001.
2. (Required). Leopold, Aldo. 1949.
ISBN-10: 0195007778 ISBN-13: 978-0195007770
Mainly theoretical ecology.
- Ecosystem ecology - feedback systems, energy and matter, productivity,
Note: The links below may
require a powerpoint viewer which is available here.
Click here for: biome map, holdridge life zones, vegetation types of Texas
- Community ecology - zones of tolerance, physical structure,
vertical and horizontal
Outcomes and Assessment:
Students will be expected to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of basic ecological principles and techniques. They are also expected to be able to write in scientific style.
Students will be assessed for these outcomes through thee lecture tests, a comprehensive final exam, and six written lab reports and a written bookreview..
Specific Student Leaning Outcomes (SLO's) measured via entrance/exit test:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the flow of energy through ecosystesms
Students will demonstrate knowledge of community ecology
Students will demonstrate knowledge of population ecology
Lecture Test #1
15% (Oct 8)
Any student with 5 or more unexcused absences will be automatically dropped from the class. Students will be notified through their MyLeo account..
Lab Reports and Lab Attendance
Attendance of the “Data Collection” portion
of each lab exercise is mandatory. A sign-in sheet will be provided
at each of these sessions and all students will be responsible for signing
that sheet after they have completed the required activities and before
they go home. Student who are more than 15 minutes late for the lab
will not be allowed to sign in. Students who don't sign the sheets
will not be allowed to turn in a report for that lab.
Lab Reports (Your lab instructor is Ryan Scauzillo)
Want to know how to write a lab report? Check out this site here.
Here are some additional notes about writing lab reports:
All lab reports must be typed using 12 pt Times New Roman font. Do not use point form and do not use direct quotes. Lab reports should be written in paragraph form in scientific format with the following headings: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion. Failure to use headings will result in lost points. The Introduction should be a short paragraph describing the purpose of the exercise. It should be about 1/2 page long. The Methods section should describe what procedures were used to obtain and analyze the data and what departures from normal procedure occurred that may cause results to vary. This section is usually no more than 1 page long. The Results section describes the data that were obtained and what important trends occur in that data. Reference should be made to figures and tables of data. The written portion of the results section should usually be no more than 1 page long. All figures and tables should be clearly identified and labeled (e.g. Figure 1, Table 1, etc.). Note that "Graph" is not considered acceptable scientific terminology and will not be accepted in your lab report. Use only the terms Figure or Table to refer to figures and tables. Figures and tables should be placed, each on a separate page, at the end of your lab report. All figures and tables must be computer generated. The Discussion section usually provides an explanation for the trends observed in the results section. This section should normally not be more than 1 - 2 pages long.
Every student must compose their own, unique lab reports. Duplicate reports will not be tolerated. Duplication of paragraphs or sentences will be treated as plagiarism. All duplicate and/or plagiarized reports will receive a grade of zero!
All labs are due on the date indicated. Late reports will NOT be accepted!
Plagiarism is a criminal activity. You must cite all sources of information. Copying of material, whether parts of sentences, whole sentences, paragraphs, or entire articles, will result in a score of zero for your assignment and can result in further disciplinary action.
Collusion: Is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student; providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answers from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.
Students with Disabilities:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation fo their disabilities. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact:
Texas A&M University-Commerce
All student enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. See Student's Guide Handbook, Policies and Procedures, Conduct.
Students who are disruptive to class activities will be dropped from the class and may face further disciplinary action.
Early Intervention for First Year Students — Early intervention for freshmen is designed to communicate the University’s interest in their success and a willingness to participate fully to help students accomplish their academic objectives. The university through faculty advisors and mentors will assist students who may be experiencing difficulty to focus on improvement and course completion. This process will allow students to be knowledgeable about their academic progress early in the semester and will provide faculty and staff with useful data for assisting students and enhancing retention. Grade reports will be mailed by the end of the sixth week of the semester
Aug. 31 Lab check in and instruction.
Sept 7 Lab #1: Energy - black bulb experiments. - Data collection. Rm. 136.
Sept 14 Lab #1: Energy - black bulb experiments. (IN Room 210) - Data analysis.
Sept 21 Lab #2: Population Size I - plants.- Data collection. (Reports for Lab #1 due).
Lab 2 Data
Sept. 28 Lab #2: Population Size I - plants. (IN Room 210) - Data analysis.
Oct 5 Lab #3: Community Composition. Data collection. (Lab reports for Lab #2 due).
Oct 12 Lab #3: Community Composition. (IN Room 210) Data analysis.
Oct 19 Lab #4: Population Size II - mobile animals. Data collection, Rm. 136. (Lab #3 due).
Oct 26 Lab #4: Population Size II - mobile animals. (IN Room 210) Data analysis.
Nov 2 Lab #5: Human life tables and survivorship. Data collection, Rm. 136. (Lab #4 due).
Nov 9 Lab #5: Human life tables and survivorship. (IN Room 210) Data analysis.
Nov 16 Lab #6: Population Models. Data collection. (Reports for Lab #5 due).
Nov 30 Lab #6: Population Models. (Starts in Rm. 136 then moves to Room 210) Data analysis.
(Lab #6 due Dec 7)