- Spatial concepts in Geography and Biogeography
- The Science of Biogeography
- Taxonomic, ecological and trophic hierarchies
- Organization of Life
- Populations, communities, ecosystems and biomes
- Vegetation structure and formations
- Realms, regions and provinces
- The Physical Environment and the Distribution of Life
- Patterns and influences of solar radiation, temperature, moisture and soil
- Interacting physical controls on geographic distributions
- Biological Interactions and the Distribution of Life
- Predation competition, symbiosis
- Combined physical and biological controls on geographic distribution
- Environmental gradients and niches
- Temporal/Historical Influences on the Distribution of Life
- Plate tectonics and continental drift
- Past and future climate change
- Dispersal, colonization and invasion
- Evolution, speciation and extinction
- Description and Interpretation of Biogeographic Distributions
- Geographic range
- Mapping biogeographic distributions
- Endemism, provincialism and disjunction
- Reconstructing biogeographic histories
- Conservation biogeography
- Human impacts on the distribution of life
This course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- Field Work
- DVDs/Digital Media
- Individual and/or Team Projects
- Small Group Discussions
- Analysis of Maps, Air Photos and Satellite Imagery
The evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College student evaluation policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of an evaluation scheme would be:
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At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
- Describe and use the frameworks of science applicable to 2nd-year physical geography.
- Think critically and examine biogeographical concepts and issues at population, community, ecosystem and biome levels.
- Describe and explain the major biotic and abiotic influences on organism growth and distribution in terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments.
- Communicate effectively using the language, graphical presentation methods and quantitative methods employed in physical geography.
- Connect theoretical applications to “real-world” observations and measurements.
Texts will be updated periodically. A typical example of a text would be:
- Cox, C.B. and Moore, P.D. (2010). Biogeography: An Ecological and Evolutionary Approach, (8th Ed.). New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.
- Ganderton, P. and Coker, P. (2005). Environmental Biogeography. Pearson Education Ltd., Harlow.
- MacDonald, Glen. (2003). Biogeography: Introduction to Space, Time and Life. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU GEOG 2XXX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG GEOG 2XXX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU GEOG 215 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 2XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GEOG 2XX (3)||2009/09/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GEOG 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO GEOG 207 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV GEOB 207 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC GEOG 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GEOG 219 (4)||2014/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GEOG 201 (3) or UFV GEOG 202 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC GEOG 2XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC GEOG 274 (1.5)||2011/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to -|