Course guidelines for Ecology
321, 3 credits, fall,
Advisory - Computer system requirements
Instructions for interactive lessons
Information Students enrolled in this
online course on ecology will follow the course syllabus,
readings, and examinations shown in the course
Instead of conventional lectures or
lectures sent via compressed video, students will learn independently
through a combination of interactive audio lecture slide presentations and interactive
lessons. Although these interactive lessons will assist students in
mastering the material, a thorough understanding of the textbook material is
who are interested in enrolling in ecology online can register for the course through the normal university procedures
for registration. Non-University of Idaho students should register for the
"non-degree" option. After registering for the course, students should contact
the Professor to confirm email contact and to receive introductory
information for Ecology (NR 321).
All University of Idaho regulations and calendar deadlines regarding courses apply. This includes dates for changing sections, and dropping or withdrawing from the course. Students must complete all requirements for the course on time in order to receive a completion grade.
normal course registration procedures for the University of Idaho.
for: Ecology NR 321
All enrolled students will receive an introductory email by the first day of the semester. This email will include a request for the following: (1) completion of a student information form and (2) the name and complete address of the person who will be authorized to proctor your examinations (e.g., a school principal, supervisor, librarian, testing center supervisor, university professor; no family members or friends).
Note. You will receive the access codes for the course material only after the professor has received the three items listed above.
independent learning Online
ecology is designed for highly motivated students who can
learn independently with a minimum of supervision.
Interactive audio lecture slide presentations, interactive
lessons with testing, and the textbooks
comprise the essential
elements of the course.
Students are encouraged to frequently review the interactive lecture
material throughout the course. The
interactive lessons contain summaries of several major topics in the science of
ecology. Each lesson includes testing to help students master the course
material. To master the course material, students should practice these
interactive lessons and games repeatedly until a score of 100% is consistently
Sample examination questions are provided prior to each of the three examinations.
The interactive lessons require a good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems, including the Internet browser, Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher). In addition, there are specific computer system requirements (see Advisory).
When the course is taken under the independent study option, students learn the material at their own pace - anytime and place. The only constraints are the target (for off-campus students) and fixed (for on-campus students) dates for the three written examinations, and that the course must be completed within the scheduled University of Idaho summer session.
Contact with professor Students enrolled in online ecology can correspond with the professor electronically via video conferencing on Skype by appointment. Correspondence via email can occur anytime, with a response from the professor generally within 24 h. Because of email filtering software at the University of Idaho, be sure to identify the course name and number in the subject line e.g., "Ecology online (NR 321)," of your email note. Assistance via telephone is also available (clearly state your name and call-back telephone number if you leave telephone message).
grading The course assessments (quizzes
and examinations) will be administered with the
courseware system. Students will take 16 quizzes
(the 10 top scores will be used in your course grade) and three
examinations administered at your branch campus, learning center,
or in your local area by your authorized proctor. The quizzes can be taken
on a schedule that is mutually convenient to student and proctor, but
each of the three sets of quizzes should be completed by the learning
achievement dates posted in the syllabus. The first two examinations are
equivalent to two, one-hour written examinations. The third examination is
equivalent to a two-hour final examination. Students can take extra time on
Students should must take
the examinations on the target dates posted in the
For on-campus students, your quizzes and examinations will be proctored by the professor, by appointment.
Copyright considerations This course contains copyrighted original and adapted material. Students can access these course materials while enrolled in the course. No material can be copied, saved, transmitted, or adapted in any way without written permission from Professor Robberecht.
General guidelines: Please carefully review
the following guidelines for the course
Students are responsible for conducting
themselves in an honorable manner in accordance with the
Student Code of Conduct.
All University of Idaho regulations and
regarding courses apply. This includes dates for changing sections, and
dropping or withdrawing from the course. Students must complete all
requirements for the course on time in order to receive a completion
||With the exception of
medical and family emergencies, and official university events (e.g.,
course field trips, job interviews, and professional meetings) there will
be no excused absences from the examination days. For medical and family
emergencies, written notice stating the reason for the absence from the
examination day must be provided to the professor as soon as possible
before or after the emergency regarding the nature of the absence and
arrangements for an alternate examination date. For official university
events, written notice must be submitted to the professor for
consideration at least two weeks prior to the examination date. Students
are on their honor not to discuss the examination in any way if an
alternative examination date is approved. An unapproved absence from an
examination date will be recorded as a failing grade for the examination.
||It is the student's
responsibility to keep current with the course material and announcements. It is highly
recommended that students find a colleague with whom to discuss and review the
course material. The ability to orally explain terms and concepts in
ecology in a succinct and technically correct manner is an excellent way
to measure your mastery of the course material.
course in ecology has elements of guided independent learning.
Interactive audio lecture slide presentations, interactive lessons
with testing, and the textbooks
comprise the essential elements of the course.
Students are encouraged to frequently review the interactive
lessons throughout the course.
The interactive lessons contain summaries of several major topics in the
science of ecology. The study questions
in each interactive lesson are designed to guide
students toward mastery
the course material. For interactive lessons and games, students should
practice explaining the study questions orally - as if
teaching the topic - until mastery of each topic is achieved.
Sample examination questions will be provided about two weeks prior to each of the three examinations.
The interactive lessons require a good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems, including the Internet browser, Internet Explorer (version 9 or higher). In addition, there are specific computer system requirements (see Advisory).