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Revision Date: 27-Nov-17

BIO-1250-VA01Y - Wildlife Ecology

Synonym: 164721
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 03-09-2018 to 04-08-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 03-15-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Fred Kosnitsky | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Service Learning Hours: 1-5

 We may schedule some field time with a public agency or non-profit group to assist with a wildlife oriented project.

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.

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Course Description:

This course is the study of the ecology and life histories of common animal species and their habitats. The underlying scientific and technical principles will be examined as they relate to wildlife conservation efforts by federal, state, and private agencies. This course places special emphasis on Vermont's wildlife.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the methods of scientific investigation in wildlife ecology including observation, and hypothesis testing.
2. Analyze wildlife population dynamics as expressed both by population growth equations and by basic quantitative population measures including sex ratio, birth rate, recruitment, survivorship, and mortality.
3. Analyze the effects of genetic diversity and environment on wildlife behaviors including predation, competition, territoriality, mating systems, and reproductive strategies.
4. Explain basic population sampling theory and modeling, as well as techniques including census, estimate, and index.
5. Analyze the integral relationships within and between wildlife and their habitats including selection, adaptation, and preferences.
6. Examine the life histories of common mammals, fish, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in making field observations by following scientific protocols, keeping accurate records, and writing detailed reports.
8. Examine the impact of human behavior on wildlife populations including, but not limited to, species extinction, habitat loss and climate change.
9. Evaluate the methods and impacts of current wildlife management practices and policies at private, state, and federal levels including protection, harvesting, habitat management, stocking and re-introductions.
10. Discuss laws and politics related to wildlife ecology including the Endangered Species Act, US and VT Fish and Wildlife Service, and Conservation Commissions.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.


 Our first weekend will be in the classroom, using the following teaching/learning methods: lecture and discussion focusing on readings from our textbook and other selected reading; small group discussions and activities; short quizzes and in-class writings; audio/visual materials including slides and video clips.

In between our weekends students will have assigned readings and short writing assignments to submit online. Students will also comment on each other's writings. This is also the time when each student will work on researching a topic of their choice and preparing a research paper and oral presentation.

Our final weekend will start with student presentations of their research topics and submission of their research papers. The Saturday and Sunday sessions will include both inside and in the field work with parctitioners in wildlife management from state, federal, and non-profit groups.

Evaluation Criteria:

 Students will be evaluated on the following: attendance; class participation; quizzes and short written assignments; research paper and oral presentation.

Grading Criteria:

 For all the items listed in evaluation criteria, grading will relect;

C range for acceptable work

B range for above average work

A range for outstanding work


Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. 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: Fred Kosnitsky
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Aimee Loiter

Attendance Policy:

 Students are expected to attend all class meetings and participate in activities in between the two weekends. If an absence or lateness cannot be avoided, the student and the instructor will create a make-up assignment. If successfully comnpleted, the make-up will erase thae absence with no penalty. In the case of absence or lateness that could have been avoided, the student is still expected to do a make-up assignment and there will be a grade penalty commensurate with the absence.

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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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