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EVSP627 - Landscape Ecology and Planning

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP627 Course ID: 2742 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Landscape planning and ecology is a rapidly developing area of study that explicitly examines the effects of spatial pattern and scale on ecological processes that unfold over areas of several square miles or larger. Thus, landscape ecology and planning provides many concepts, tools, and approaches that will enhance the effectiveness of endeavors such as watershed management, ecosystem management, design of conservation reserves and green infrastructure, and smart growth. The goal of this course is to give students a firm grasp of the concepts of landscape ecology and planning and how they can be applied to enhance the effectiveness of environmental policy, management, regulation, and assessment.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  • LO-1 Demonstrate the principles of landscape ecology.
  • LO-2 Analyze spatial patterns in landscapes.
  • LO-3 Assess implications of landscape dynamics.
  • LO-4 Appraise the relationship between the disciplines of landscape ecology and environmental planning.
  • LO-5 Demonstrate the use of environmental policy in the science of landscape ecology.
  • LO-6 Analyze a complex landscape-level project
  • LO-7 Develop a formal letter of comment to articulate environmental impacts on the landscape.
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 %
Quizzes 36.00 %
Quiz 2 9.00 %
Quiz 3 9.00 %
Quiz 4 9.00 %
Quiz 1 9.00 %
EIS Final 20.00 %
EIS Comment Letter: Final Draft 20.00 %
EIS Draft 1 10.00 %
EIS Comment letter: Draft 1 10.00 %
EIS Draft 2 10.00 %
EIS Comment Letter: Draft 2 10.00 %

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

Environmental Policy and Management: http://apus.campusguides.com/environmental_policy_management?hs=a

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:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.