Survey of global climate change including its causes, mechanisms, and ecological and societal impacts. Prerequisite: BCOR 102 or Instructor permission.
Dates: May 23 - June 17, 2022; Asynchronous online course.
Global Change Ecology will provide an introductory survey of climate change and its ecological impacts. We will examine the drivers and mechanisms of climate change and its impacts on the distribution and abundance of species and ecological communities. We will use a systems approach that places global change ecology in the context of the Earth system, emphasizing the interactions and feedbacks within and between the ecological and climate systems.
Students will achieve course objectives through readings, other media, and online discussions. The class will be divided up into modules, with the student completing each module before moving on to the next module. There are a total of 8 modules with the student completing 2 modules per week for each of the 4 weeks of the course. Readings. Students will complete assigned readings from course texts and other assigned sources. Media. Students will watch a variety of videos and other media that reinforce and supplement the assigned readings. These will include full length documentaries, shorter video presentations, and podcasts. The online discussions and learning assessments will integrate material from all media. Online discussions. Students will participate in online discussions that examine and analyze the concepts presented in the readings and assigned media for each course module. Learning Assessments. Quizzes will assess student understanding of assigned readings and videos for each course module, while a cumulative final exam will assess student understanding of content across modules.
Student grades will be based on the following components: Participation in discussions through Yellowdig.. Exercises on assigned materials. Learning assessments on assigned materials. Final exam. For graduate credit: A graduate research paper.
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