AECL 1000 - Agroecology
This course is designed to explore the relationships that occur between the soil, plant communities, animals and humans in the process of food production. Students explore the role of plants in the agro-ecosystem, their characteristics, and processes and factors which affect them. Additionally, this course evaluates the properties of soils and the movement of water through the system. Students evaluate the interrelationships between the components of agro-ecosystem and the effects on tropic levels. Science-based cultural techniques are examined to determine the impacts on food production. Students also learn to apply the scientific method through individual research projects.
Instructional Method Lecture/Lab
General Education Requirement: Life Science
Comments: This course meets UW’s Physical and Natural World requirement.
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of AECL 1000 Agroecology , the student will:
- Describe and define the role of plants in the agro-ecosystem.
- Identify the major morphological characteristics of higher plants and describe their function.
- Define the processes of photosynthesis and respiration and the factors affecting them.
- Characterize the physical and chemical properties of soils as they affect plants.
- Correlate the relationships between water, soil and plant growth.
- Compare science based plant and animal cultural techniques and their effect on the ecosystem.
- Evaluate the interrelationships between the components of the agro-ecosystem and the effects on trophic levels.
- Apply the scientific method while conducting an individual research project.
- Demonstrate the proper use and care of all laboratory equipment.
- Evaluate tissue culture techniques in plant propagation.
- Describe and define the role of livestock in the agroecosystem.
- Characterize the value of emergent properties in community dynamics.
Upon completion of AECL 1000 Agroecology, the student will:
Ag Science Education AS
PO#1 Design solutions to real-world agricultural issues using the scientific method.
PO#4 Investigate marketing channels or opportunities for agricultural products
Horticulture & Sports Turf Management AAS
PO#1 Manage environmental factors to promote healthy plant growth and propagation in outdoor and controlled environments.
PO#3 Design solutions to real-world agricultural issues using the scientific method.
PO#3 Manage environmental factors to promote healthy plant growth and propagation in outdoor and controlled environments.
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