1. To improve your ability to synthesize concepts and relate basic concepts to different situations.
2. To provide a tool that facilitates development of your understanding of the concepts and materials presented in the class.
3. To test your knowledge and understanding of the concepts, vocabulary, and other material presented in the course.
Exams will consist of essays, short answer questions, and multiple choice questions. Often the essay questions will test your understanding of the concepts of the course and your ability to apply those concepts to particular situations or problems related to forestry and wildlife. To successfully answer these questions, concepts or principles presented in the class should be applied to the situation and will require:
1) identification of the basic problem or situation,
2) recognition of which concepts or principles presented in the class pertain to the situation or problem,
3) understanding of the underlying principles,
4) application of the concepts or principles to the problem, and
5) preparing a cohesive and cogent response.
In some cases, there is not a single correct or incorrect answer; in these situations your answer will be graded based on demonstration of your understanding of the concepts and principles, and your demonstration of your ability to apply those concepts and principles to the topic of the question. Clarity in your answers will be important.
Multiple choice and short answer questions will generally cover terminology and factual material presented in the lectures or readings. Up to 10% of the exam questions may come from material in the readings not covered in detail (or at all) in the lectures.
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