Tuesday and Thrusday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
· Recognize that Botany is the scientific study of plants
· Describe the importance of plants in our lives
· Describe the different disciplines within Botany and their field of study
· Explain the role of plants in maintaining the health and functioning of ecosystems
· Describe the general principles governing the life cycle of plants
· Describe the structure and cellular organization of plant cells
· Describe, in general terms, the chemical composition of plant cells
· Explain how plant cells form specialized tissues and tissues form specialized organs
· Describe the functions of all plant organs
· Understand the principles of plant cell growth and differentiation
· Understand and apply the scientific method to study growth and development of plants
· Explain that plant diversity is the result of evolutionary processes
· Describe adaptations of plants to different environments
· Explain how the environment, hormones and endogenous factors (e.g., gene expression) control plant growth and development
· Describe the structure and organization of peer-reviewed research articles
Grades are based on the following scale:
< 60 F
Lecture: The lecture portion weighs 75% of your overall grade. The components are:
Tests: A total of 4 tests including the final examination are administered. Each test assesses material discussed in lecture and lab. The average of the 4 tests weighs 20% of your lecture grade. The final test is not comprehensive and seniors are not exempt from taking it.
Dec. 11, 1:00-3:00 PM
Assignments: There will be 1-2 long assignments and several short ones throughout the semester. Short assignments are usually done in class hence the importance to be in attendance. The average of all assignments weighs 40% of your lecture grade.
Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be typed and followed the format below:
Line spacing: 1.5
Margins: 1" all around
Font: Times New Roman
Font size: not smaller than 10 point and not larger than 12 point
Proper English usage is required.
Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered unannounced throughout the semester. The average of all quizzes weighs 15% of your lecture grade.
Laboratory: The laboratory weighs 25% of your overall grade.
I cannot stress strong enough the importance of reading your lab exercise before coming to the lab session. PLEASE DO! Also, you must be punctual. The laboratory grade will be based on quizzes, assignments and a comprehensive final laboratory quiz. Quizzes are scheduled for most lab periods. One quiz will be dropped before calculating your final grade. There are not make up quizzes. The lab final laboratory quiz is mandatory.
Three excused or unexcused laboratory absences will be grounds for failing the laboratory. Consequently, your grade in the course will be F.
1. You must attend lectures and labs.
2. You must be punctual. The instructor calls roll everyday. You must be in the classroom when the instructor calls your name. Attendance is considered into your final grade as 3% is added to your final grade for perfect attendance. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course (2011-2012 Student Handbook, p. 43-44).
3. No make-up exams or quizzes will be given except in cases of authorized absences (2011-2012 Student Handbook, p. 43-44), injury, illness, or family emergency. If the reason of your absence is a non-life threatening injury or illness or a family emergency, you must contact me without delay. If the reason of your absence is a university activity (athletic, art, music, etc.), you must furnish a letter from the instructor indicating the reason for the absence. If you must be absent from class for a long period of time because of injury, illness, or family emergency, please contact the Dean of Students.
4. Unexcused absences from exams or quizzes will be recorded as zero.