AGRI 203 Principles of Range Management

This course is an introduction to range management, including history, regions, physiological and ecological applications, and planning. It will also include livestock nutrition in Western grazing systems, and range animal and multiple use management.

Credits

3 Credits

AGRI 203Principles of Range Management

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

Agriculture

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

3 Credits

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

45

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This course is an introduction to range management, including history, regions, physiological and ecological applications, and planning. It will also include livestock nutrition in Western grazing systems, and range animal and multiple use management.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe global rangeland types based on climate, soils, and topography.
  • Describe key components and biological processes of rangeland ecosystems.
  • Describe basic concepts of plant ecology related to range condition, monitoring, and health.
  • Collaborate in the collection and interpretation of data and the use of technology.
  • Evaluate and apply quantitative data from production agriculture .
  • Explain the driving factors of rangeland ecosystems, such as climate, herbivory, and fire.
  • Describe how management actions can manipulate ecosystem function and structure, and be able to predict the potential outcomes.
  • Generate science based answers to complex rangeland management issues and effectively communicate those answers.  

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

Unit Topic 1 Rangeland and Man 2 Range Management History 3 Rangeland Physical Characteristics 4 Description of Rangeland Types 5 Range Plant Physiology 6 Range Ecology 7 Range Inventory and Monitoring 8 Considerations Concerning Stocking Rate 9 Selection of Grazing Methods 10 Methods of Improving Livestock 11 Distribution 12 Range Animal Nutrition 13 Range Management for Multiple Use 14 Range Livestock Production 15 Range Wildlife Management 16 Manipulation of Range Vegetation 17 Range Management in Developing Countries 18 Planning, Technology and the Future 19 Range Issues – Presentations

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Exams

Wildland Plant Identification Exam

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Wildland Plant Identification Exam