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Renewable Natural Resources
Course Code
RNR 1001

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Instructor: Dr. William E. Kelso
Room 118 Renewable Natural Resources Building
578-4176 / e-mail: wkelso@lsu.edu
Office Hours: 8:00 - 11:00 AM, T, Th; 2:30-4:00 M, W; appointments are suggested, but are not required
Meeting Time: 10:30 - 11:20 AM; MWF; Room 02 Lockett Hall
Textbook: None.
Course Description: RNR 1001 - NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - Relationship of humans to the natural
environment; ecology and conservation of soil, water, forest, range, wildlife, and fisheries resources.
1. Objectives: To expose students to the general principles of ecology and conservation of natural resources. Students
should develop an understanding of the relationships between human activities and natural resource productivity, ecological
problems of developing and industrial countries, principles underlying strategies developed to conserve natural resources,
and the costs and benefits of resource management alternatives.
This course can serve as the third science course in the General Education Curriculum for those students who take a
physical science 2-course sequence, see the online 2013-2014 LSU Catalog. We will touch on several learning
competencies of the GenEd program, including understanding of historical, cultural, and philosophical complexity which
supports sophisticated discourse, and articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation
and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original discourse. Perhaps most
importantly, the course is designed to help you understand how the natural world functions, how humans have, are, and will
change Earth’s ecology, and how we can best manage our renewable resources to support not only the human species, but
all of the planet’s biodiversity.
2. Evaluation Procedures:
3 one-hour exams @ 100 points each 300
Final Exam @ 100 points 100
400 total points
The grading scale for the course is: A, >360 points; B, 320-359; C, 280-319; D, 240-279; and F, <239.
Tests: For each lecture exam you will be responsible for all lecture material and the assigned readings in that
section. Lecture tests will cover about 1/4 of the course material and ARE NOT COMPREHENSIVE. The exams will usually
consist of 50 questions (40 from the lecture notes, 10 from the assigned readings). Material in the assigned readings (on
Moodle) may or may not be covered in class, some of the material is information that I would like you to read, but dont have
time to cover it during class periods. If a valid emergency arises, contact me as soon as possible and arrangements will be
made to make up the exam. Make-up exams will be given only for valid University excuses (written, see Policy Statement 22
@www.lsu.edu). The format for all test questions will be multiple choice and true / false. All exams will be taken in the
computer testing labs in Rooms 52 and 102 Himes Hall. You will have a 5-day period in which to take each exam, and you
may schedule a time during that period that fits your schedule:
3. Disabled students:
If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are
required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 112, Johnston Hall. No accommodations will be granted
without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.
Scheduling a test in the CBT Lab
1. You may use any computer that is internet ready to access the homepage at: http://www.cae.lsu.edu/default.asp
2. On that page you will be required to furnish your paws login (i.e. jdoe15) and your password. Your initial password is your
LSU ID number (89XXXXXXX).
2a. If you used your LSU ID number as a password, you will be immediately directed to a screen on which you must change
your password. The password you create will remain your password for the testing lab for an entire semester. You will
use it any time you schedule a Computer Based Test and any time you take a Computer Based Test. Thus it is critical
that you REMEMBER IT.
3. Click on the button labeled “Schedule Exam”. Select the course, then the exam you wish to schedule. You will then be
presented a screen that lists all the days and times that the exam is available. You should schedule your exam at a time
that is convenient to you. Please note that each half hour on the scheduler has a limited number of seats available. When
all seats are full on a specific day at a specific time, no one else will be allowed to register at that time. Please register
early for your exam to avoid conflicts with your schedule.
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