General Botany

Course Details

Course Number: 1544  Section Number: 101

Fall 2012

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 127

Days & Times:

Lecture meets MWF from 10:00-10:50a.m.; There is also a weekly laboratory. Students are REQUIRED to attend lecture AND a laboratory section. You may not take lecture without lab, or vice versa.

Course Attachments

Botany Syllabus Fall 2012Includes all policies and textbook information, plus a course calendar.   Fall2012 Botany Syllabus-20120817-132053.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Elizabeth Ann Machunis-Masuoka PhD   
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Course Objectives

Please see attached syllabus.

General objectives include:

1. Learning the basic structure and function of plants

2. Learn how plants function in the environment

3. Learn how plants adapt and evolve with changing conditions

4. Learn critical thinking skills that go beyond simple memorization

5. Gather experience in writing for the sciences

Course Expectations

Please see attached syllabus.

General expectations include the following:

1. Students will, from the first day of class, commit themselves to studying and working hard in this course and will not put off assignments or studying until the last moment.

2. Students will, from the first day of class, make a conscious effort to attend lecture, pay attention, take good notes, and study.

3. Students will, from the first week, attend all scheduled lab sections and do all lab assignments to the best of their ability.

4. Students will be responsible for their own actions and not seek to blame others for poor grades or performance.

5. Students will not be disruptive or rude and students will adhere to MSUs honor policy.

6. Students will be on time.

7. Students will not play on their electronic devices in class when they are supposed to be paying attention.

8. Students will treat their fellow students with respect, which includes not walking in late, not talking or disrupting the class, etc.


Grading Standards

Please see the attached syllabus for grading information. In general, to receive an "A" in the course, you should receive a minimum of 90% of the points for each assignment, quiz, paper, exam, and report due in this class.

Final Exam12/12/2012  10:30-12:30

Submission Format Policy

Please see the syllabus and each written assignment for submission format requirements.

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

No late papers or assignments will be accepted from any student for any reason at any time in the course. All due dates are posted on the syllabus and there is no reason to miss them. It is your responsibility as a student to be aware of these due dates and to follow them. It is not the professor's responsibility to remind you of these dates.

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.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

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 of lecture is highly recommended as exams are written from lecture material. You will not be given notes if you do not attend class.

Attendance of the lab is absolutely required and you MAY NOT miss lab except for an excusable reason AND by contacting the TA and/or the professor of the course. Simple failure to show up is an unexcused absence. Three unexcused absences means that you fail the lab portion of the course.

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.