BIOLOGY 307*/317*/327 FIELD STUDIES IN BIOLOGY
Field Biology I / Field Biology II (spring and summer 2014/ early 2015)
Ontario Universities Programme in Field Biology (OUPFB)
FIELD COURSE MODULES
OUPFB MODULES FOR 2014 SUMMER / 2015 WINTER
Modules for the season are posted. We have completed the first round application process. Module assignments will be posted on the bulletin board outside Brenda Schamehorn's office (Bio Sci rm 2321) late Friday, Feb 14th.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please read the full instructions below...and of course follow them!
A selection of one and two week field modules are available to Queen's students for regular course credit through the cooperation of biology faculty from Queen's, Carleton, York, Brock, Western, Ottawa, Waterloo, Windsor, Guelph, Laurentian, McMaster, Toronto, Wilfred Laurier and Trent Universities.
Application: There are two parts to the application process.
The amount of the deposit required for each module is $250.00. Make deposit
cheques payable to Queen's University.
Once a space
has been reserved for you (in a requested course) your deposit is
non-refundable. Cheques are generally cashed right after the February
break. WARNING: If your cheque is returned to us NSF (non sufficient
funds) we will have to pass on the additional $25 bank charges.
Cost: Items covered in the "cost" (the amount you must pay for the field course) vary with each module. In some cases, costs cover everything, eg. food, lodging and transportation, while others do not cover transportation. Please read the module description carefully so you understand what costs will be covered by your payment. NOTE: Amounts listed here ("costs") do not include your University course registration/tuition fees which you pay when you register for the course (usually in fall following your field work).
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD TO HELP YOU TAKE A FIELD COURSE. CHECK IT OUT!
Enrolment: Enrolment is limited. If vacancies in modules exist after guaranteed spots are spoken for in round one, they will be filled by applicants from any of the universities. Modules may be cancelled if there are too few applicants. It is important that you list alternatives if you definitely want to be placed in a module. If your first choice is full you will be placed in your alternate choice so make sure it is something you really want to do.
Acceptance: Before applying for a module be sure you have the appropriate prerequisites. A combination of "first come, first served", seniority, and an effort to give each student at least one "first choice" is used to determine your acceptance into a module in the first round. The order of application will be established by the order that deposit cheques are received in the general office. You can still apply for open spots in a module after the first round deadline but there are far fewer choices available then.
Registration: Generally you do not register for 307* or 317* until you have completed the field work! Therefore, if you plan to take Biol 307* and sign up for a two week module to be complete in the summer of 2014 you should register for the course at the fall registration 2014 for inclusion in the fall or winter term courses. Courses that occur during Christmas break and February break do not follow this pattern and would register for the winter 2015 term. If you have already completed 307 then the above applies to Biology 317*. Amounts listed in the descriptions ("costs") do not include your University course registration/tuition fees which you pay when you register for the course. 307 / 317 will be added automatically to your list of courses by Julie French during pre-registration based on our records. If you do not complete the field course you may remove it during add/drop in the fall.
Credit: To obtain credit for Biol 307* (3) or 317* (3) a student must complete two weeks of field work plus assignments. There is also the opportunity to take a one week field course for 1.5 credit if available. In that case you would register for Biol 308 (1.5) or 309 (1.5).
Assignments: Assignments vary with the module, but may include preparatory readings, seminars to be given during the module, and usually include an essay / report. Read the module descriptions carefully. Instructors of the module(s) you select will contact you if they expect preparatory reading. Due Dates: Assignments are normally due four weeks after the end of your module.
OCASP Forms: Queen's students taking part in an off campus academic activity are required to complete the forms associated with OCASP (Off Campus Activity Safety Protocol). Once you have been accepted into a module Brenda Schamehorn will send you further instructions.
Follow the link to the official Ontario Universities Programme in Field Biology (OUPFB) website. On the site you will find the list of modules offered through Queen's and other Ontario Universities. The OUPFB website gives titles, dates, location, and costs of modules. Hard copies of the course outlines have been posted in Biosciences Complex, 2nd floor teaching wing.
FIELD BIOLOGY AT QUEEN'S:
Check out additional Queen's Field Biology opportunities at http://www.queensfieldbiology.ca/
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If you have any questions contact ...
Brenda Schamehorn, Rm. 2321, 533-6000 ext 77437
Dr. Shelley Arnott, Rm. 4230a, 533-6384