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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP506 Course ID: 4135 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will examine the concept of restoration ecology, which employs science, applied techniques, and environmental design principles to restore ecological processes and biological communities on disturbed, degraded, or altered landscapes. Students will conduct scientific study and explore techniques used in restoring endangered species, native prairie, rare plants, riparian areas, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, watersheds, woodlands, and wildlife habitat.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

LO-1. Explain the philosophy, scientific foundation, and challenge of restoration ecology.
LO-2. Apply the principles of restoration ecology through the development of a detailed restoration plan.
LO-3. Analyze habitat requirements, ecosystem function, and anthropocentric influences to determine the restoration approach for a species or population.
LO-4. Assess the various scales of restoration (organism to landscape) to develop a holistic approach to ecosystem restoration and management.
LO-5. Analyze the impacts and threat of climate change on ecosystems.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Essays/Case Studies 55.00 %
Restoration Overview Essay - Week 2 11.00 %
Wetland Mitigation - Week 3 11.00 %
Restoration Plan Outline - Week 4 11.00 %
Endangered Species - Week 6 11.00 %
Restoration in the Age of Climate Change - Week 7 11.00 %
Final Restoration Plan 21.00 %
Final Project: Restoration Plan - Week 8 21.00 %

Readings will be identified in the Lessons area of the classroom and include library and web-based resources.

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

Environmental Policy and Management

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:Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession, 2nd ed. - ebook available through the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Island Press
Author:Clewell, A and Aronson, J
Unit Cost:$31.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.