3 Categories of Organisms

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Week 2: Week Two - Class Discussion

Class Discussion
Graded Activity: Class Discussion (25 points)
Instructional Objectives for this activity:
Identify the three ecosystem trophic categories of organisms. In Chapter 5, the different trophic categories in an ecosystem are discussed and the importance of each of the trophic categories is described in detail. For this week's class discussion, please review the materials assigned in chapter 5, and answer all the prompts below.

What are the three ecosystem trophic categories?
Give 2 examples of each trophic category that can be found in your town, city or county. What trophic category do you think is the most important in the ecosystem and why? What is biodiversity? Is it important? Relate biodiversity to the trophic categories. What would happen to the rest of the trophic categories if one them was wiped out? The minimum expectation for class discussions is to respond directly to each part of the discussion prompt and to respond to at least two other posts, either by a student or instructor, by the end of the week:

Submit one main post responding directly to each part of the discussion prompt. This should be a substantive response to the topic(s) in your own words, referencing what you have discovered in your required reading and other learning activities. You may use resources in addition to your textbook that support your post(s); however, you must mention the source(s) that you used in your post(s). Reply to at least two posts. Responses can be made to students or to your instructor. Responses to other individuals' posts should:

Expand on their ideas
Discuss the differences between your thoughts and theirs
Explain why you agree or disagree.
For citation guidelines, please refer to the table in the APA Style section of the syllabus.
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