Systematic Botany

Course Details

Course Number: 3534  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 209

Days & Times:

MW 8:00-8:50 A.M.

R 1:00-4:50 P.M.

Course Attachments

Systamtic Botany Syllabus - Information necessary to successfully participate in Systematic Botany BIOL 3534-201   SBSylSp10.docx

Schedule  Cook Sp2011-2-20120405-111342.docx


Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach
This text introduces the student to the basic principles of systematic botany.
  ISBN: 978-0-87893-407-2

Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
This manual contains keys to all of the vascular plants in North Central Texas as well as a wealth of reference information.
  ISBN: 1-889878-01-4

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. William B. Cook   
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Course Objectives

The successful student will:

Learn the basic terms, concepts and principles of systematic botany

Develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify flowering plants

Be able to identify ~100 plants on sight

Become acquainted with ~50 plant families

Course Expectations

The student is expected to attend each classroom and laboratory meeting.

The grade for this course will be based on six scores:

Two lecture exam scores

Two laboratory exam scores

One cumulative score for laboratory exercises

A score for the plant collection submitted at the end of the laboratory

Grading Standards






Final Exam5/11/2011  8:00-10:00 A.M.

Submission Format Policy

The format for submission of each exercise will be explained when the exercise is assigned.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Deadlines for assignments will be observed.  Late work will receive no credit.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance records will be kept to supply that information to university office that require it. 

Other Policies

Out of courtesy for classmates and the instructor, please

1) don't walk across the front of the classroom after class has begun or before class has ended.

2) don't converse during lectures, videos, examinations or other classroom activities.

At the beginning of each class period, turn off cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices that may make noise, disrupt or distract.

Observe University policies regarding class attendance (do), grounds for an instructor drop, classroom conduct and academic dishonesty (don't).  These policies may be found in the MSU Student Handbook <>.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.