Course Schedule Moodle Entrance
(active when course begins)
Grading Policy

Course Description:

IB 105 Online is an introduction to ecological principles in relation to understanding environmental problems; emphasizes impacts upon ecosystems by human activities such as air and water pollution, usage of pesticides and pest control measures, industrialization of agriculture, and development of energy sources. IB 105 Online is a fully online course using the Moodle Learning Management system

IB 105 Online is a fast-paced, ONLINE course with no face-to-face class meetings.  All lecture/lessons, learning activities, and assessments will be conducted in Moodle.  Lectures/lessons and graded online learning activities will take advantage of a wide range of biology web resources, including text, video, and animations.  You may participate in asynchronous online review discussions with your instructors and classmates.  All assignments and testing will be conducted online.  Weekly exams must be taken on Thursday afternoons.

Course Structure:

This is a 3–credit hour course. The course is 8 weeks long. Please be aware that this course is accelerated in nature; 16 weeks’ worth of content will be covered in an 8-week time span. You should dedicate approximately 9–12 hours per week to working on the course itself, but actual time commitments will vary depending on your input, needs, and personal study habits. You are required to log on to the course website a minimum of 4 days per week but as discussions develop, you will probably need to do so more frequently.

With the exception of the first and 8th weeks, each content module will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. See the course schedule for specific dates.

You will be randomly assigned to a "discussion group" of 16-20 students. Students in the same discussion group will interact with each other and a course facilitator in interactive forums throughout the course.

Weekly Activities Include:

  1. 1 to 3 content lessons which will include questions that must be answered to receive credit for completing the lesson.

  2. 1 or 2 interactive discussions and/or Individual assignments.

  3. a one-hour, online "Weekly Exam" to be taken within the time frame of 2-6 PM on the last day of the week. The last exam will occur on the last day of regular classes on Wednesday, August 1.

  4. There will be no comprehensive final exam.

Course Goals

After taking this course, a student should be able to:

  • describe how humans - as animals - need nature to survive.
  • compare and contrast ways in which people have distinguished between the use and abuse of nature.
  • summarize ways in which sustainability has been defined.
  • list environmental problems that are the result of unsustainable human behavior, and explain the root causes of environmental problems.
  • explain core concepts in ecology, and summarize our ecological understanding of environmental problems.
  • explain how human health is related to land health.
  • summarize changes in design/architecture, economics, policy, and education that promote sustainability.
  • articulate his/her environmental ethic, and list actions to reduce his/her ecological footprint.

Beth Morgan

School of Integrative Biology
Department of Plant Biology

Office: 301 Natural History Building

Time and Place
Totally online course
Course Text

Wright and Boorse - "Environmental Science:  Toward A Sustainable Future, 11e" - Recommended

 Also available as etext at CourseSmart.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign