BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
- Principles and practices used in the production and improvement of wildlife resources. Aesthetic, ecological, and recreational uses of public and private lands.
- Any required or recommended prerequisites: No prerequisites.
- STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
- Explain basic ecological principles of population dynamics, habitat, succession, and ecosystems.
- Describe how these ecological principles can be applied to manage wildlife populations and habitat.
- Contrast wildlife management strategies for different purposes (i.e. recreation, conservation, and preservation).
- Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions about wildlife and natural resources management strategies.
- Discuss the impact of current trends and societal issues on wildlife and increased demands on natural resources.
- GRADING SYSTEM AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS
- Grading system: Final grades will be assigned based on a point system of assignments. Students will earn an A, B, C, D, F, I, W, Q. Final grades are as follows:
A=1080 points and above
F=719 points and below
- Course requirements:
Six Major Exams - 600 points
Library Research - 100 points
Wildlife Habitat Management Plan - 300 points
Final Exam - 200 points
- INFORMATION ON BOOKS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS
- Required books: Wildlife and Natural Resource Management; 3rd Edition; Deal, Kevin H.
- COURSE POLICIES AND CLASS CONDUCT
- Make-up tests or late assignments: There will be no make-up exams given and no late assignments accepted. If a student knows that he/she will be gone on the day of an exam or assignment, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.
- Attendance policy: All students are expected to attend all classes and labs on time. After a student has been absent three hours, it will be reported to the counseling center. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are on a roll sheet. If a student comes in late, it will count as an absence. Disruptive behavior will result in the student being removed from the class.
- Academic integrity: Cheating and/or plagiarism will result in being removed from the class.
- Cell Phones: Cell phones must be turned to silent or turned off during class.
- Final exams: Final exams must be taken at the scheduled times. No finals will be given early.
- OTHER POLICIES
- SAFETY: A number of safety measures are in place for your continued protection. In the event of inclement weather, shelters have been designated at several locations on campus. Your student handbook will have a map of these locations and you should familiarize yourself with each. The shelters will be marked at the entrance. Western Texas College is part of the citywide call list, which is activated by the local law enforcement personnel. Warnings will be given throughout the campus once the call is received.
- EMERGENCY: All offices serve as emergency communications points. Please notify the nearest WTC staff member should you become aware of the need for assistance of any type. Campus phone: Dial 9-911.
- BAD WEATHER POLICY: In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstance, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be. Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed. This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
- ADA STATEMENT: Western Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. The college counselors have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under, are available from the college counselors.
- SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: If, as a result of a disability, a student needs special assistance to participate in a class, the counselor is to be notified immediately so that the prescribed process can be initiated.
- AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Western Texas College is an equal opportunity institution and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- COURSE ORGANIZATION AND SCHEDULE
- Weekly course schedule:
||Exam #1, Chapter 4
||Chapter 5,6, Exam #2
||Texas Laws and Regulations
||Chapters 7, 8, 9
||Chapter 10, Exam #4
||Exam #5, Wildlife ID
||Wildlife ID, Habitat Plan
||Wildlife ID, Exam #6
||Habitat Plan Presentation, Review
Disclaimer: The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.
January 7, 2015