MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY
Course No: EdSci 260
Descriptive Title : Concepts in Biology and Ecology
Credit: 4 units ( 3 units lecture,1 unit lab)
Requirements: 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab/week
The scientific study of life
The levels of organization in Biology and the concepts therein a.Relationship between structure and function
b.Animal Structure and function
c. Internal and external environments-the concept of homeostasis d. Plant Structure and function
11. Selected concepts
The origin of species – evolutionary versus creation
Population structure, growth and regulation
Concepts at the community level
a.Community structure and competition
b.Succession and climax communities
Concepts at the ecosystem level
a.Size and metabolism, energy flow
b.Trophic dynamics, food chains and food webs
c.Connectivity of ecosystems- mining, coal-fired plants,
Concepts on Global ecology
a.Greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change
The theory of island biogeography
The laboratory part of this course includes a special problem that will test some biological concepts. The special problem can be an experiment to test a particular concept or could involve devising a way or strategy to effectively teach a particular concept..
The report for the special problem should follow the widely used IMRAD format. This is due end of February.
1.two exams- 55%
2.oral report on assigned topics-20%
References: (These are just among the materials you can use as references).
Begon, M.; J.L. Harper, and C.R. Townsend. 1991. Ecology: Individuals, Populations and Communities. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA. Brewer, R. 1994. The Science of Ecology. 2nd ed. Florida: Saunders Co. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Clapham, W.B. Jr. 1973. Natural Ecosystems. The...