Ecology and the Environment - Online biology courses | Arts and Science Online

Queen's University

Connect with us

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • RSS

Ecology & the Environment

BIOL 111/3.0

Introduces the basic concepts of ecology and shows how they relate to environmental issues such as population growth, resource management, biodiversity, agriculture, air and water pollution, energy, and climate change, and to solutions leading to a sustainable environment.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the major processes affecting biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  2. Define basic principles of ecology such as population growth, food webs and other ecological interactions, succession and evolution
  3. Identify and explain current threats to the environment caused by overpopulation, habitat loss, pollution, resource consumption, and climate change
  4. Discuss political and economic challenges to environmental sustainability
  5. Critically analyze and evaluate the key processes of labour relations at the workplace level and their relationships to the institutions governing workplace relations.

Topics

  • Module 1: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Module 2: Ecosystems and Food Webs
  • Module 3: Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Module 4: Strategies for Sustaining Biodiversity
  • Module 5: Population Control, the Human Population and its Impact
  • Module 6: Strategies for Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity
  • Module 7: Strategies for Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity
  • Module 8: Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
  • Module 9: Air and Water Pollution
  • Module 10: Climate Disruption and Ozone Depletion
  • Module 11: Social, Economic and Political Issues

Description

BIOL 111 introduces the basic concepts of ecology and demonstrates how these relate to topics such as human population growth, resource management, biodiversity, agriculture, air and water pollution, energy use and climate change.  It is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds at all levels of post-secondary education and is recommended as a foundation course for students with an interest in ecology and the environment.

This course will expose students to the latest literature on ecology and the environment. The textbook is a solid introduction to the basic concepts in ecology and environmental science and will enable students to tackle more advanced readings in the scientific literature as well as in popular media.  It is divided into a series of topics that correspond to the modules of the course. Students will consider the social, political and economic challenges to environmental sustainability as they progress through the course.

Terms

To be determined
Course Dates: 
TBD
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

Self-Assessment Quizzes0%
Tests (3)25%
Extinction Data Collection (Individual)20%
Game-Based Learning (Group)15%
Debate/Controversial Issues - OR - Greenwashing (Individual with Interaction)10%
Multimedia Presentation (Individual)20%
Reflection (Individual)10%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Instructor

Dr. Laura Nagel (nagell@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Queen's University (Kingston, Canada). I have a BSc in Biology from the University of Toronto (1990) and an MSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.  My PhD in Biology is from Queen’s University. Postdoctoral work has been conducted at Carleton University (2008-2011), and at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (2007). I was a faculty member in the Forest Sciences Department at the University of British Columbia (1997-2000).

My research focuses on the role of natural selection during the process of adaptation in wild populations of animals. My current research model uses natural populations of Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) and ectoparasitic aquatic mites. I use a combination of field observations, experimentation, and the use of molecular markers to address research questions.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study, listening and online activity for this course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.