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Revision Date: 15-Apr-19

BIO-1240-VM01 - Forest Ecology

Synonym: 177594
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 05-22-2019 to 08-07-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Jennifer Guarino | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Service Learning Hours: 1-5

As a class or individually, students will be involved with a forest inventory activity.

This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Comments: Hybrid Class meets online and at CCV Montpelier 5/22,6/5,6/19,7/3,7/17,7/31 & 8/7 from 8:30 - 12:00.

Course Description:

Examination of the structure and dynamics of forest communities. Consideration will be given to geographic and ecologic factors shaping forest communities, to biological and chemical interactions among forest species, and to the human impact on forest stability. All forest types will be discussed with an emphasis on temperate deciduous and northern coniferous forests. Field trips required.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the methods of scientific investigation in forest ecology including observation and hypothesis testing.
2. Define energy and trace the energy flow in a forest, including the grazing and detritus food chain.
3. Describe the stages of forest succession.
4. Discuss the impact soil type, moisture, light, and temperature have on the forest ecosystem.
5. Analyze the impact of forestry practices on the forest ecosystem.
6. Using a global scale of analysis, examine the impact of human behavior on forest ecosystems and discuss the role that forests play in the biosphere.
7. Identify common trees and the major forest types in Vermont.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
9. Discuss laws and politics related to forest ecology including Convention on Biological Diversity, the Wilderness Act, and Vermont’s Act 250.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Forests are ecosystems of great importance to humans. They help to regulate the water cycle, shelter biodiversity, offer recreational opportunities, and provide essential raw materials for human activities. In this course, we will investigate forest ecology and explore humans' complex relationship with forests. We will also study the role of the world's forests in the Earth's climate.


Methods include informal lectures, discussions, indoor activities, and outdoor fieldwork. Three required resource books will provide much of the content, and additional readings may be assigned. Students will complete homework assignments on the readings, short papers, fieldwork reports, and other work assigned by the instructor.

Please note: Outdoor fieldwork will take place regardless of the weather (unless the instructor decides that the weather could interfere with constructive work). Please dress appropriately to be productive and comfortable. See the Syllabus for information on preparing for fieldwork.

Evaluation Criteria:

30% - attendance and participation
  • In-person days: arriving on time, active involvement in class activities, and staying until the end of class
  • online days: submitting the required number of posts by their due dates.
35% - homework assignments and short papers
35% - fieldwork assignments
Specific details on the various assignments will be discussed. All assignments and handouts will be posted on the course moodle site.
Please note: One point will be deducted for every day that an assignment is late, unless you have extenuating circumstances and communicate with me to develop an acceptable plan to complete the work. Missed fieldwork must be made up on your own time.

Grading Criteria:

Final Grade - based on this scale:

90% to 100% - A

80 to 89% - B

70 to 79% - C
60 to 69% - D
59% and below - F

Moodle Gradebook

I will enter all grades into our moodle gradebook. Please check the gradebook regularly to receive updates on your grades. If a grade does not show up for a specific assignment (that is, the cell for that assignment is blank), it means that I have not entered it yet. Please check back later. If you receive a zero for a grade, it means that I have graded that assignment for the class and I have not received your work for it. If you have questions about your grades, please feel free to contact meafter checking the moodle gradebook.


Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Jennifer Guarino
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Martha Rainville

Notes: Please contact me via my CCV email address: If you can't reach me there, you may try

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing three (3) or more classes will result in a failing grade. "Classes" are in-person meetings as well as online forums. I can decide to waive this policy if there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and missed coursework (time and assignments) is completed. A pattern of late arrival and/or early departure for an in-person class, or a pattern of late on-line posts, can be counted as an absence at my discretion.

We cover a lot of material in each class, so please try to attend all classes, arrive on time, and stay until the end. If you anticipate missing a class, arriving late, or needing to leave early, please communicate with me beforehand whenever possible. If you can't communicate beforehand, please do so as soon as possible after the class. You are responsible for making up missed work.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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