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Biological Sciences
Marc Cadotte

BIOB50 Syllabus, Winter 2011 Prof. M. Cadotte BIOB50: Ecology Winter 2011 Course information Lecture times: Tuesday & Thursday, 10-11am Location: Academic Centre (AC) 223 Tutorial: Thursday, 5-7pm, AC-223 (every third week) Textbook: Cain, M.L., Bowman, W.D. and Hacker, S.D. (2008) Ecology. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Paper and e-book options available! Exams: 2 midterms and 1 final Midterm 1: TBA Midterm 2: TBA Final: TBA Project: Ecology-news assignment Professor: Marc Cadotte Office: Science Wing 542 Office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11-12pm Email: [email protected] (please put BIOB50 in the subject line) Phone: 416-208-5105 Teaching Assistants: Nicholas Mirotchnick, [email protected] Course description An introduction to the main principles of ecology, the science of the interactions of organisms with each other and with their environment. The course covers community and population ecology, and provides an emphasis on how ecology relates to other areas of biology, and to contemporary human and environmental issues. Ecology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the interactions between organisms and the interactions of these organisms with their environment. A conceptual understanding of ecology is found in the broader details of study, including: *life processes explaining adaptations * distribution and abundance of organisms * the flux of materials and energy through living communities * the successional development of ecosystems, and * the abundance and distribution of biodiversity in context of the environment. Course Resources Course Website and Online Lectures: Lecture notes (PDF copies of the powerpoint slides) will be posted on intranet by noon the day before the lecture. You should familiarize yourself with intranet and its contents, as check it regularly. Textbook: Cain, M.L., Bowman, W.D. and Hacker, S.D. (2008) Ecology. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Paper and e-book options available! This book will be used heavily in forming lectures and students are responsible for understanding concepts in lecture by understanding chapter material. Tutorial: Jan 27: TA present on picking a news topic and finding ecology papers, Feb 17: population growth and simple competition models; time to discuss paper projects, Mar 17: Ecology-News assignment due, review semester material. How to Get Help with the Course. First, check this syllabus; you will find the answer to almost all procedural questions here. If you have a question that cannot be answered by this syllabus, check the course website, which will be consistently updated with answers to many conceptual and procedural questions. If this does not answer your question, then decide if the question is conceptual or procedural. Conceptual questions are best answered by the TAs or the professor's office hours. If you have other questions, feel free to email either TA or the professor. The professor will return your email in a reasonably timely fashion Monday through Friday, but the fastest way to find your answer will be the FAQ. Course Requirements/Marking Exams. (25,25,35) Ecology-news assignment (15) Missed Exams. According to University policy, you may miss one of the exams if you are unable to take the regularly scheduled exam for a number of legitimate reasons. If we determine that you have a good reason, then your final exam mark will be expanded to cover your missed course mark (i.e., your final exam will be worth 60% of your final mark). You will need to obtain verifiable documentation of the reason for missing the exam, and contact the TAs or Professor immediately. Unless the reason for missing the exam is an unforeseen emergency that occurs within 24 hours of the midterm, then you must notify us more than 24 hours before the start of the midterm in order to be eligible for the altered marking scheme. In the case of a same-day emergency, you must submit an official U of T medical cer
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