Manatee Health and Conservation (Summer)

 



Course Information

Manatee Health and Conservation is an online course designed to introduce students at the graduate and undergraduate level to the natural history, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and health issues of manatees. Graduate students will practice scientific writing skills with a term paper requirement.

Course Topics

  • History: History and Current Issues
  • Evolution: Evolution of Sirenia
  • Population: Genetics, Habitat, and Tracking
  • Anatomy: Functional Morphology
  • Physiology: Pathology, Necropsy, Metabolism, Nervous System, Reproduction, Behavior and Digestion
  • Health: Health Assessments, Capture, Handling & Transport Techniques, Rehabilitation, Red Tide Issues, and Virology
  • Conservation: Saving Manatees, Management, and Recovery

Course Objectives

  • The class will focus to a large extent on lectures, a significant amount of reading from book chapters and primary scientific literature, and discussion to establish a baseline of information on manatees. You are expected to leave this course having a working knowledge of the manatee topics listed in the above goals, but also having been exposed to the current experts in these fields.
  • Students will be expected to review the reading material and the MediaSite lectures, then complete the module quiz and related homework assignments. The quizzes are designed to assess your assimilation of the lecture and reading material, may be taken 3 times before the due date, are open book, and the highest score will count towards your grade. Undergraduate students will have 3 exams throughout the course, the last exam will not be cumulative. Graduate students will not have exams and will complete a term paper instead.
  • Adobe Connect sessions will be provided at regular intervals throughout the semester as an opportunity to ask questions in real time and have discussions with some of the experts involved in the course. While preferred, it will NOT be required for students to attend the real time session, but students WILL be asked to provide questions through the discussion board. Questions will be answered during the sessions, which will be taped, allowing access through a link to be viewed at the student’s convenience.

Course Syllabi

Please see the ManateeSyllabus-2017 for additional information including course objectives, materials, prerequisites and faculty


Registration Information

How to Register

There are multiple ways to register for each course. Please review the Non-UF Student, Continuing Education and UF Student descriptions below in order to decide which method is most appropriate for you. You may also want to review our FAQ page or Contact Us to help differentiate between these options.

If you are interested in taking this course Summer 2016, please complete the Course Interest form.
Student Type Course Info Why Choose
this Student
Type?
Differences  Prerequisites Costs Apply
Non-UF Students – undergraduate VME4016 Transfer Credit Apply as a non-degree student. Course and grade will be listed on an official UF transcript. Must be a junior or senior and have completed the prereqs. (see syllabus) $325/credit plus fees**

Apply Here

Non-UF Students – graduate VME6017 Transfer Credit
Planning to apply to graduate school or professional school
Apply as a non-degree student. Course and grade will be listed on an official UF transcript. Must be in good standing $550/credit plus fees**

Apply Here

Continuing Education  VME4013 Professional licensure, personal/prof
interest
Will not receive an official grade or UF transcript. Will be issued a Certificate of Completion. $325/credit plus fees**

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UF Graduate Students in an online program (ie IFAS) VME6011 Using course as an elective towards an online degree or certificate from UF Do not submit a nondegree application.  Look for  instructions on step 2. Must be in good standing $550/credit plus fees**

Apply Here

UF Undergraduate VME4016 Must be a junior or senior and have completed the prereqs (see syllabus) Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section listed in SOC.
On Campus UF Graduate
non College of Vet Med
*this option is not for students in online programs!
VME6017 Must be in good standing Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Register through Student Self Service or Dept. Coordinator. Section listed in SOC.
UF DVM or
Graduate in College of Vet Med
VME6017 (grad)
VEM5373 (DVM)
Must be in good standing Standard UF Tuition and Fee rate Contact Sally O’Connell

**Nondegree students pay the Capital Improvement and Technology fee


 

Registration Deadline

Note: This class has limited enrollment and may fill up prior to the end of drop/add so we suggest registering early.

Summer 2017
Registration Opens March 27th, 2017
Application Deadline April 24th, 2017
Registration Closes May 5th, 2017
Classes Begin May 8th, 2017
Cancel with Full Refund May 9th, 2017
Tuition Deadline May 19th, 2017
Classes End August 4th, 2017

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FAQs are here.

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