Course: Ecology Instructor: Mrs. Beth Bruno
Room C Bio Lab Conference time: By Appointment
Text: Miller, G.Tyler Miller, Jr. Environmental Science, 8th edition,
Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning 2001
The student will:
- have an overview of the principles of ecology.
- have a basic understanding of the laboratory and field study of ecology.
- understand how ecology is a part of our lives.
- understand that the future holds many exciting possibilities and dilemmas that will require informed decision making.
Methodology : The course will consist of lecture, laboratory, class discussion, small
projects and papers.
Philosophy: Senior science electives should allow the student to continue to grow in
both scientific methods and philosophy. This course is designed for the
student to use laboratory work, lecture, discussion, short projects and studies.
Although a high school course, seniors will be introduced to college approaches to learning.
Students are expected to behave as mature gentlemen, by respecting the laboratory
environment, school grounds and fellow students. Plagiarism is not acceptable, and since
much of the assessments in this course are research it is imperative that citing of sources
be done correctly and that the standards of Holy Ghost Prep as set forth in the
handbook be followed. The grounds of Holy Ghost Prep will serve as a field study.
Make arrangements for extra help when needed.
Evaluation: The grade will be based on a total point system. Grades will include laboratory reports, small projects and papers, discussions and class participation. There will be two large reports, one based on global concerns that interest the student and the other, a summary of the study of Holy Ghost Prep’s grounds. The grading scale will be the published Holy Ghost Prep scale.
I. Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere