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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP342 Course ID: 3304 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the fundamental laws of population ecology, providing an overview of the underpinnings of population theory. Emphasis is placed on these principles as applied to conservation and management of fish and wildlife populations. Topics include assessing extinction risk of rare species, invasion dynamics of exotic species, demographic and environmental stochasticity, metapopulation dynamics, structured populations, species interactions, interspecific interactions, and micro-evolutionary processes. Use of case studies will demonstrate the application of population ecology models and methods to the management of fish and wildlife populations, and provide the opportunity to apply concepts to current problems and challenges in this field. Students will complete quantitative analyses throughout this course, and a familiarity with college algebra or statistics is encouraged.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

LO-1 Explain the fundamental patterns of population dynamics.

LO-2 List commonly used mathematical models in the field of population ecology.

LO-3 Apply mathematical models to describe population dynamics.

LO-4 Predict changes in populations based on known variables and key assumptions.

LO-5 Define the terms habitat fragmentation, metapopulation, mutualism, parasitism, dispersal, predation, and competition.

LO-6 Summarize seminal scientific literature in the field of population ecology

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Worksheets 25.00 %
Worksheet 1 5.00 %
Worksheet 2 5.00 %
Worksheet 3 5.00 %
Worksheet 4 5.00 %
Worksheet 5 5.00 %
Assessments 30.00 %
Midterm Assessment 15.00 %
Final Assessment 15.00 %
Project Proposal 6.00 %
Proposal - Wildlife Management Plan 6.00 %
Final Project 15.00 %
Wildlife Management Plan 15.00 %

Required Readings

  • See the Lessons section of the classroom for readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Introduction to Population Ecology 2nd Ed-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Rockwood, Larry L.
Unit Cost:$63.20
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.