Certification in Environmental Management ENV 100 – Ecology and Conservation

ENV 100 – Ecology and Conservation
COURSE SCHEDULE & ASSESSMENT DATES Purpose: To provide you with an introductory understanding of the ecological and biological principles fundamental to environmental management in New Zealand. COURSE SCHEDULE: all assignment are due at 5.30pm (except tests). Topic Assessment Due Date
Unit 1 – Introduction to the geological and biological origins of New Zealand • • Geological origins of New Zealand – Land forming processes Biological origins of New Zealand – Flora and Fauna Report – Due 25/04/08

Unit 2 – The basic principles at work in an ecosystem • • What is an ecosystem and ecology? Energy flows within an ecosystem – Nutrient cycles Test – 15/05/08

Unit 3 – Indigenous Forest Habitat in New Zealand • • Indigenous Forest History Types of Indigenous Forests Report – Due 5/06/08

Unit 4 – Introduced Pests and Predators in New Zealand • • Predator Pests Management Systems for controlling the pests Report – Due 26/06/08

Unit 5 – Weather patterns, interpretation of weather maps and forecasts • • Introduction to weather Weather maps and forecasting Test – 17/07/08

The course schedule is subject to change. This is a guideline of what will occur over the period of the course. Assessment dates are final though. Please refer to the course study guide for the required readings for each topic. It is your responsibility to keep up to date with material covered each week. There are no specific weeks set aside for study, you are to move through at you own pace – but all assignments are to be handed in on time. There will be late penalties if the assignment is late.

SIT2LRN – Prepared by Kelly Minehan-Spittle

Certification in Environmental Management ENV 100 – Ecology and Conservation

Check the study guide for specific page references for required readings. Majority of information is in your Study Guide for each Unit. Participation with online facilities will aid in your understanding, help you with your required assessments and enable me to point you in the right direction. Please use the discussion board, which is available on Blackboard. You are more than welcome to e-mail me regarding any questions you have. My email address is kelly.minehan@sit.ac.nz ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE Assessment Contribution to Unit final grade Unit 1: Unit 2: Unit 3: Unit 4: Unit 5: 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

Due Date 25/04/08 15/05/08 5/06/08 26/06/08 17/07/08

Type of Assessment Report Test Report Report Test

More information regarding the requirements for these assessment activities will be posted on Blackboard under Assignments and emailed to you. PLEASE NOTE: Late penalties will be imposed for assessment materials not submitted in the required time frame. If you have concerns about your ability to complete assessments on time you will need to communicate your concerns with me prior to the assessment date. If an assignment is late, with out permission, there will be a penalty of 10% per day it is late, this will be deducted from the final score when the assignment is presented (this includes Saturday and Sunday). REPORT OR ESSAY: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? There are two types of assessments for this course – report or essay. Below is an out line of the difference between the two: Report - This is when your written assessment will be structured in a specific format as identified in the assessment requirements. This will entail the use of specific headings and the researching of specific information. Essay - This is when your written assessment is only required to have three components – Introduction, Body of work, Conclusion – and required a more contemplative approach to the topic with information supporting your view.

SIT2LRN – Prepared by Kelly Minehan-Spittle