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2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
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BI 103A - General Biology-Birds of Oregon

4 Credit(s)

Students learn classification, evolution, ecology, and adaptations with emphasis on Oregon birds and their behaviors. Bird identification is practiced on field trips. Current issues: endangered species, climate change and effects of humans on bird populations.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply scientific inquiry to biological sciences.
  2. Describe the steps involved in scientific inquiry and distinguish between a hypothesis and a theory.
  3. Evaluate and critique scientific information from various sources (journals, magazines, newspapers, television, the internet) for scientific reliability and validity.
  4. Discuss, describe and explain the concept of evolution as a theory and as a fact, that can be investigated using scientific inquiry.
  5. Describe, evaluate, and demonstrate how selective advantages guided and influenced the evolution of a particular species.
  6. Describe natural selection and speciation and be able to describe the evolution of a novel trait or particular species/group.
  7. Describe the taxonomy and classification of various groups of organisms and apply this process to Avian examples.
  8. Describe the ecosystem roles of organisms, populations and communities and apply this concept to Avian examples.
  9. Describe and Diagram the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems and apply this concept to Avian examples.
  10. Apply in class terminology, identification skills, and knowledge to an outdoor setting with respect to Avian species.
  11. Relate patterns of population growth and climate change to ecosystem dynamics and apply this concept to Avian examples.
  12. Define sustainable resources use and describe how humans in ecosystems have caused Avian species to become endangered and/or extinct.
  13. Make accurate measurements and be proficient at using biological tools such as microscopes.

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