Montana State University

BIOE 591-803: Alpine Ecology

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Bozeman, MT/Online
Jul 21-Jul 25, 2014
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $827.00
Instructor(s): John Winnie, Jr.

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Course Description

Hybrid: Pre-reading beginning June 19th; face to face July 21 to 25 on the MSU campus, including excursions to the field.

Our primary goals in this course will be to understand how altitude affects the structure, function and evolution of plants, animals and the communities to which they belong, and to create ways to bring this understanding into the grade 6-12 classroom. Through a mix of reading, online discussion, and field work, students will move rapidly from basic concepts, to hand-on field work and data collection, to the synthesis and presentation of those data. During class time, students will work on ways to integrate the material we gather in the field into multimedia presentations that can be used in teaching modules. In the field, students will collect data that can in turn be analyzed and interpreted later by their own students.

For us to progress smoothly during the class week based out of MSU, 2 to 3 weeks of background reading and study are necessary. Pre-class materials, including not less than 2 homework assignments, will be posted on the course's Desire2Learn (D2L) website beginning June 19th.

Classes based at MSU will primarily take place in the field, in the nearby Madison Range. During the day, students will work cooperatively to gather data, photos and (optional) video clips in the field, then in the evenings will work together to link visual materials back to the data. The goal here is to create a virtual field trip for primary and secondary level students, illustrating every aspect of a simple descriptive natural history study, from initial observations, to (optional) hypothesis generation, to data gathering, to data summary and finally to drawing overall conclusions.

Course Syllabus

Meeting Place and Times

Online reading beginning June 19th using Montana State University's learning management system, Desire2Learn. Login information to follow after registering for the course.

Field class: MTWRF overnight; depart Monday for field camp at Jack Creek Preserve and return on Friday
Location: Monday 6 am meet the van at MSU Strand Union Building south entrance.

Instructor(s)

John Winnie, Jr., PhD. is an adjunct professor in the Ecology Department at Montana State University. His research centers on predator-prey ecology, conservation ecology, and trophic interactions driven by predators. When he is not in the field doing research, he enjoys being out hiking, climbing, biking and taking photographs. His nature and wildlife photographs have been widely published, and he is a recent winner of USAID’s Environment Photo Contest.

Prerequisites

  • teachers should be enrolled in the Master of Science in Science Education degree program at Montana State University, or permission of the program director is required;
  • you should be a science educator with at least 2 years of successful teaching experience;
  • you must have a Bachelors degree in science or science education;
Email Diana Paterson at the email listed below if you need to seek permission.

Target Audience

The course is designed primarily for practicing science teachers with at least two years of teaching experience, seeking graduate credit in Biology.

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition$533.00
 Program Fee $287.00
 Computer Fee$7.00
 Total$827.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Assigned readings from the primary literature will be assigned by the instructor.

The course requires 20-30 hours of assigned online readings and exercises prior to the week of classes and field work based at Jack Creek Preserve. These readings and assignments will be posted to the learning management system, Desire2Learn.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at dianap@montana.edu or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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