Library Course Assessment for
Biology 110 / 440 / 441

August 9, 2004

Biology 110 | Biology 440 | Biology 441 | Costs

Biology 110

This is the Library's assessment for Biology 110 The Evolution and Diversity of Life on Earth. This course will first be offered in Fall 2005 and every other year thereafter with an expected enrollment of 100. It is intended to fill the Breadth requirements under the revised undergraduate curriculum guidelines, and will be open to all students.

Monographs

SFU Library holdings were analyzed using Library of Congress Subject Headings. SFU holdings are listed below, and include only the books on the main headings, not the sub-headings associated with these.

Biological diversity 74
Biology - classification 34
Cell organelles 18
Conservation biology 19
DNA 74
Evolution 666
Fungi 55
Life origin 119
Macromolecules 80
Membranes (Biology) 108
Nucleic acids 67
Reproduction 122
RNA 23
Viruses 40

The Library is actively collecting new titles at an introductory level in this subject area. With over 1400 books on related topics, the Library has adequate monograph holdings to support this course.

Serials

The Library provides access to the following journals that will support the research of students in this course, either by current subscription or via full-text in aggregated databases:

Biodiversity and conservation
Biodiversity letters
Biological journal of the Linnean Society
Bioscience
BMC Evolutionary biology
Conservation biology
Conservation genetics
Directed and applied evolution
Diversity and distributions
Ecology
Evolution
Evolutionary ecology
Evolutionary ecology research
Global biodiversity
Journal of applied ecology
Journal of biogeography
Science
Nature

The Library has adequate serial holdings to support this course.  

Biology 440

This is the Library' assessment for Biology 440 Biodiveristy. This course will first be offered in Fall 2005 and once per year thereafter with an expected enrollment of 24-32 students. It has been previously offered (2004-3) as a Special Topics course, and is intended to fulfill the Writing requirement of the revised undergraduate curriculum guidelines.

Monographs

SFU Library holdings were analyzed using Library of Congress Subject Headings. SFU holdings are listed below, and include only the books on the main headings, not the sub-headings associated with these.

Animals - classification 22
Biogeography 103
Biological diversity 74
Ecological heterogeneity 6
Ecology 415
Endangered species 36
Evolution 666
Environmental policy 599
Extinction (Biology) 35
Plants (classification) 87
Species 36
Species diversity 9
Wildlife conservation 104

The Library is actively collecting new titles in this subject area, up to the advanced undergraduate level. With over 2100 books on related topics, the Library has adequate monograph holdings to support this course.

Serials

The Library provides access to the following journals that will support the research of students in this course, either by current subscription or via full-text in aggregated databases:

Biological journal of the Linnean Society
Conservation biology
Evolution

Evolutionary ecology
Evolutionary ecology research
Global biodiversity
Journal of applied ecology
Journal of biogeography
Journal of evolutionary biology
Journal of molecular evolution
Nature
Oecologia
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
The Quarterly review of biology
Science
Systematic biology
Trends in ecology and evolution

The Library has adequate serial holdings to support this course.

Biology 441

This is the Library' assessment for Biology 441 Evolution of Health and Disease. This course will first be offered in 2006-1 and every 2 years thereafter with an expected enrollment of 20-25 students. It will be an elective course, cross-listed as a graduate course, and designed to fulfill the Writing requirement of the revised undergraduate curriculum guidelines.

Monographs

SFU Library holdings were analyzed using Library of Congress Subject Headings. SFU holdings are listed below, and include only the books on the main headings, not the sub-headings associated with these.

Adaptation (physiology) 72
Aging 283
Biogeography 103
Cancer (with subheadings) 756
Communicable diseases 37
Diseases - Causes and theories of causation 84
Evolution 666
Epidemiology 53
Human biology 45
Human ecology 562
Human evolution 436
Immune system (with subheadings) 42
Medical geography 55
Medicine - Philosophy 47
Paleopathology 32
Population biology 64

With the arrival of the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, the Library has recently begun to collect more actively in this area, and will continue to do so. The Library has adequate monographs to support this course.

One of the textbooks listed on the course outline is not in the Library collection, and should be acquired. This can be purchased from the existing allocation for Biology books in the library budget.

Evolutionary medicine / Trevathan, et. al. Oxford U. Press, 1999. 0195103564. $88

Serials

The Library provides access to the following journals that will support the research of students in this course, either by current subscription or via full-text in aggregated databases:

Behavioral ecology
Behavioral ecology and sociobiology
Biological journal of the Linnean Society

Emerging infectious diseases
Epidemiology
Evolution
Genetic epidemiology
Health and place

Journal of applied ecology
Journal of biogeography
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Journal of evolutionary biology
Journal of molecular evolution
Nature
Oecologia
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
The Quarterly review of biology
Science

In addition, many other journals in the SFU collection under health, biology and gerontology will include useful literature for this course. The Library has adequate serial holdings to support this course.

Bibliographic Tools

The following bibliographic tools, provided by Library license, will be useful for students in this course, and will be adequate for finding appropriate literature: Biosis Previews, Zoological Abstracts, Web of Science, General Science Index, Medline.

Costs:  There are no new library costs associated with these courses.

Note:  The materials required for these courses are located in the WAC Bennett Library on the Burnaby campus.  This assessment is based on the assumption that the courses will be offered at SFU’s Burnaby campus.  If the courses were to be offered at SFU Surrey or Harbour Centre, or as off-campus courses, additional Library costs would be incurred.

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Last revised: 2015-07-03