BIOLOGY 307*/317*/327 FIELD STUDIES IN BIOLOGY
Field Biology I / Field Biology II (spring and summer 2013/ early 2014)
Ontario Universities Programme in Field Biology (OUPFB)
OUPFB MODULES FOR 2013 SUMMER / 2014 WINTER
Modules for the coming season are posted. We will continue to accept applications for open spots.
SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE IN MODULES... 20,23,27,29
OPEN SPOTS AVAILABLE – apply now!
Queen’s module #20, Effect of Human development on aquatic environments and biodiversity in Canada and China (I) lead by Prof. Yuxiang Wang & Prof. Steve Lougheed takes place at Queen’s University Biological Station and environs including the St. Lawrence River in August.
FIELD COURSE MODULES
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.
STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OPEN SPOTS
The amount of the deposit required for each module is $250.00. Make deposits 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: Fees 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 as indicated. If vacancies in modules exist, 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 2013 you should register for the course at the fall registration 2013. Courses that occur during Christmas break and February break do not follow this pattern. If you have already completed 307 then the above applies to Biology 317*. There is also the opportunity to take a one week course for a one and a half credit. In that case you would register for Biol 308 or 309. Fees listed in the table ("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. Paul Martin, Rm. 4320a, 533-6598