Cameron University

Department of Biological Sciences

                           General Botany: BIOL-144                             

Fall 2004

 

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                                                                                        Lab: W 2:00-3:50         SC-128
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                                                                                                     4 Credit hours

 

Instructor:  Michael T. Dunn Ph.D

Office:     Science Complex-138D

Phone:    581-2287

e-mail:    michaeld@cameron.edu

Office Hours:    11:00 - 12:00 M-F or by appointment.

 

Required Text:              Simpson, B. B., and Ogorzaly, M. C. 2001. Economic Botany. McGraw-Hill, NY, 3rd. Ed.

 

Lab Exercises:                                      Handouts:         I will put them on the web for you to print out.

 

 

Course Description:      This is an introductory biology course for non-science majors that includes lecture and laboratory components.  In General, we will follow the book with some modifications. You are responsible for what we cover in class, not the whole book.

 

The labs are designed to support and reinforce the lectures so we need to stay on schedule with the lectures so that the labs and lectures correlate.  The major variations from the book are so that the labs fit the schedule we have to work with.

 

Course Objectives:       The objectives of this course are to introduce non-science majors to the plant kingdom, to learn how plants are constructed and grow, and to explore the relationships between plants and people.

 

Your job:         This class, as with all science classes will require you to study outside of class as well as attend class, and apply college level learning skills.  That may sound overly simplified, but it am always amazed at how many students do not come to class prepared, or know how to take notes.  I will be glad to look at your notes at any time during the semester (hopefully not the day before a test) to see if you are getting the gist of the subjects.

 


You will need to read the book. We will follow the book quite closely.  You paid for it and I hope you will get your moneys worth.

 

Please don’t fall behind, there is just too much material, and in this class we take concepts and build on them. So if you miss a concept it has a snowball effect.

 

Study groups help a lot.

 

My job:                                               My job is to guide you through material and explain and interpret the material in a way that hopefully you will be able to understand.  

 

Every discipline has it’s own language.  That’s because terms have an exact meaning and so using the right term communicates something explicitly. Botany is particularly terminology heavy and I encourage you make a list of definitions.

 

I know many people are afraid of sciences classes.  Biology is not easy but it is do-able and I am here to try and help.

 

It will help us both if I get feed back, it doesn’t help to tell your friend you don’t get it or that I’m going too fast.  Please tell me.

 

I do this because I like this stuff.  I hope I can convey some of that passion to you.  But in any case I am here to help, so please utilize my office hours and get help before it gets too late.

 

 

Grading:                                   Exams: Three comprehensive mid-term exams, 100 points each.  Comprehensive final exam, 200 points. 

 

Everything is comprehensive because biology is completely interconnected and taught in a step-wise manner.

 

 

Exams are a combination of multiple choice, matching, labeling, short answer, and lab practical.

 

Exams will be held in the lab room SC 128.

 


For the lab practical part stations will be set up around the room and you will be asked a question or two about the item.

 

Quizzes: Five announced quizzes, 10 points each.

 

Quizzes have two purposes. 

 

1) To make you study as we go, and not wait until the night before the test

 

2) To give you samples of the types of questions you will see on the exam.

 

I know that the first exam is the most stressful because you don’t know how the exams are structured.

 

Giving sample questions helps solve that

 

So we will try to get in a couple early

 

 

Assignments: 160 points.           Plant Anatomy and Morphology (60)

Scientific Literature (50)

Ethnobotany (50)

 

Additional exercises: 30 points.

 

 

Written and oral reports: 100 points.

 

Each student will prepare a five page report (typed, double spaced) on some aspect of botany worth 75 points.  The topic must submitted to the instructor for approval by e-mail by Monday, 25 October. 

Papers are due by Monday, 22 November. 

 

We will take some time in the next couple of weeks, after we get a feel for the subject matter, a talk about the papers.

 

Five minute oral reports of the papers are worth 25 points and will by presented to the class by the authors  8 December in your lab period.

 

840 points total

 

 


Grading scale:

 

90% - 100%     =         A

80% - 89%       =         B

70% - 79%       =         C

60% - 69%       =         D

0%   - 59%       =         F

 

 

 

Personal Grade Record

 

Quizzes

 

Assignments

 

Exams

 

Paper

 

Talk

 

Total

 

Grade

 

10

 

10

 

10

 

10

 

10

 

60

 

50

 

50

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

200

 

75

 

25

 

800

 

A-F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   Do not come to see me and ask what your grade is!!

 

                             It is your responsibility to keep track of your own progress.

 

 

Policies:                                    Attendance will not be taken after the first day of class.  You are adults who can manage your own time.  However, it must be stated up front that experience has shown that for the vast majority of students, success in the classroom is directly correlated to attendance.  Therefore you are STRONGLY encouraged to attend every class.

 

Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated and will be punished following Cameron University policy (sections 4.08 and 4.09 of the Student Code of Conduct).

 

Make-up Exams will be given with a valid excuse.  However, you must contact me within 24 hours after the missed exam to arrange a time.  

 

Labs cannot be made up.

 

 

 

 

Safety Regulations:

 

1) No unauthorized food or drink in the lab

2) No guests in the classroom

3) No electronic devices in the classroom

 


 

Course Schedule

 

Date

 

Lecture

 

Lab

 

M-23 Aug

 

Introduction

 

 

 

W-25 Aug

 

Cells and Tissues: Ch. 1

 

No Lab

 

F-27 Aug

 

Roots, Stems, Leaves: Ch. 1

 

 

 

M-30 Aug

 

Roots, Stems, Leaves: Ch. 1

 

 

 

W-1 Sept

 

Roots, Stems, Leaves: Ch. 1

 

Plant Anatomy and Morphology

 

F-3 Sept

 

Reproduction: Ch. 1

 

 

 

M-6 Sept

 

Labor Day

 

 

 

W-8 Sept

 

Flowers: Ch. 1

 

Plant Anatomy and Morphology

 

F-10 Sept

 

Flowers: Ch. 1

 

 

 

M-13 Sept

 

Flowers: Ch. 1

 

 

 

W-15 Sept

 

Plant Reproduction: Ch. 1

 

Flowers

 

F-17 Sept

 

Plant Reproduction: Ch. 1

 

 

 

M-20 Sept

 

Taxonomy: Ch. 1

 

 

 

W-22 Sept

 

Review

 

Foraging

 

F-24 Sept

 

EXAM I

 

 

 

M-27 Sept

 

History of Agriculture: Ch. 2

 

 

 

W-29 Sept

 

Fruits and Nuts: Ch. 4

 

Fruits

 

F-1 Oct

 

Fruits and Nuts: Ch. 4

 

 

 

M-4 Oct

 

Grains and Grasses: Ch. 5

 

 

 

W-6 Oct

 

Grains and Grasses: Ch. 5

 

Grains and Grasses

 

F-8 Oct

 

Legumes: Ch. 6

 

 

 

M-11 Oct

 

Legumes: Ch. 6

 

 

 

W-13 Oct

 

Review

 

Legumes

 

F-15 Oct

 

EXAM II

 

 

 

M-18 Oct

 

Root, Stem, and Leaf Crops: Ch. 7

 

 

 

W-20 Oct

 

Medicinal Plants

 

Medicinal Plants

 

F-22 Oct

 

Fall Break

 

 

 

M-25 Oct

 

Spices, Herbs, Perfumes: Ch. 8

 

 

 

W- 27 Oct

 

Science

 

Library

 

F- 29 Oct

 

Drugs and Poisons

 

 

 

M-1 Nov

 

Drugs and Poisons

 

 

 

W- 3 Nov

 

Fibers Wood

 

Paper

 

F- 5 Nov

 

No Class          (Oklahoma Academy of Science)

 

 

 

M-8 Nov

 

Stimulating Beverages

 

 

 

W-10 Nov

 

Stimulating Beverages

 

Stimulating Beverages

 

F-12 Nov

 

Survey

 

 

 

M-15 Nov

 

Survey

 

 

 

W-17 Nov

 

Review

 

Campus Tour

 

F-19 Nov

 

Test III

 

 

 

M-22 Nov

 

Beverages

 

 

 

W-24 Nov

 

No Class

 

No Lab

 

F-26 Nov

 

No Class

 

 

 

M-29 Nov

 

Beverages

 

 

 

W-1 Dec

 

Algae

 

Algae

 

F-3 Dec

 

Fungi

 

 

 

M-6 Dec

 

Ornamentals

 

 

 

W-8 Dec

 

Future

 

Presentations

 

F-10 Dec

 

Review

 

 

 

R-16 Dec

 

Final 3:00- 5:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plants

 

What is this class about?

 

Plants and their relationship to people.

 

Function in the Ecosystem

 

 

Primary producers:

 

 

 

DRAW food web

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plants convert sunlight into O2 and Carbohydrates:

 

 

Plant Cell:        

 

DRAW

 

 

 

 

 

In the chloroplast:

 

Sunlight + CO2 >>>> O2 as a waste product + C6H12O6 (Glucose)

 

 

Chains of glucose = starch


Potato = leucoplast full of starch

 

Spices = leucoplast full of oils

 

Cicuta (Water Hemlock) = full of poison

 

 

 

Uses by People

 

Food:                                                   Stems:              Potato

 

Leaves:             Spinach

Spices

 

Roots:                          Sweet potato

 

Flowers:           Saffron (the most expensive spice) from the pollen recieving structure (stigma)

 

Fruits:                           Apples to peanuts

 

Seeds:                          Shelled Beans

 

Medicine:         Taxol

 

Beverages:        Coffee, tea, beer, wine, cola

 

Fiber:                           Cotton, hemp

 

Wood:                          Secondary growth

 

 

 

We will learn what plants are

 

The history of human usage

 

Some of the common and uncommon uses