BI 225 Botany
SP 2010 HO
Williams, Donald L.
Associate Professor of Biology
Ed. D. in Science (Biology), Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN, Sum. '98MS in Biology, Western State College, Gunnison, CO, Sum. '78BA in Biology, Kansas Wesleyan Univ., Salina, KS, May '70
T-R, 9:00-12:00 noon & 2:00-4:00 afternoon or by app't.
January 11-May 7, 2009
-M-W-F- with Wed. Lab
11:00-11:50 A.M. in SC 310; Lab is 1:30-4:20 p.m. in SC 125
BI115 or permission of instructor
Stern, K. R., J. E. Bidlack, & S. H. Jansky. 2008. Introductory Plant Biology, 11th Ed. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Boston. ISBN: 0-07-283067-5
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In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussions, homework, exams, quizzes, various technologies, laboratory activities, and guest speakers (when appropriate and available). Each student is strongly encouraged to participate within the structure of the course via discussion and debate of his/her views and personal beliefs. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth about the natural world. Course topics will be presented and discussed with these foundations in mind. It is the belief of this instructor that everyone can understand and utilize scientific principles, and that science can be fun; therefore, this course will be taught from these premises.
This instructor has an “open door” policy towards students. Please feel free to come in or call if you have any questions concerning course items or college life in general.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Formal laboratory activity over the mineral nutrition of sunflowers (or another common plant), a pre-lab quiz, post-lab quiz, the laboratory activity itself including set up and collection of data, and a final, formal written laboratory report organized in a standard scientific format. (Meets 20% of the final grade for this course)
1. Acquisition of knowledge via laboratory handout document giving the student background information and laboratory directions for performing the experiment.
2. Acquisition of knowledge via lecture over plant nutrition basics.
3. Plant nutrition laboratory activity to collect and interpret data demonstrating the student’s capabilities to perform in the laboratory.
4. Formal scientific paper to be written addressing plant nutrition concepts and to demonstrate the student’s understanding of how science works via experimentation and the scientific method of inquiry.
5. Laboratory quiz over the above concepts.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Text assignments, lectures, and lab topics will follow the syllabus schedule as much as possible. (This instructor reserves the right to change or alter the schedule if necessary.) The following items will be used during the teaching of this course to assess student learning. Each item will be given a point value and the student’s grade will be determined via a percentage completion of that value.
SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT ITEMS FOR BOTANY:
The following areas will be used in determining the student’s over-all grade for this course.
A = 90.0% and higher
B = 80.0%
C = 70.0%
D = 60.0%
F = less than 60.0%
Quizzes: Lecture quizzes will not be announced; questions will be multiple choice or one-word answer and will test on material from the previous few classes and reading for the current class.
Lab Quizzes: At the beginning of each lab session, a short quiz will be given over the previous lab’s material and/or preliminary preparation for the current lab activity, i. e., the Laboratory Preparation Quizzes from the Laboratory Manual.
Assignments: Allpapers, lab write-ups, and any other out-of-class assignments must be typed (double-spaced, 12 point, left justified, in plain text) and stapled in the upper left corner unless the instructor explicitly states otherwise. It is neither necessary nor encouraged to place lab reports and written papers in slicker-type, 3-ring binders, colored folders, etc.—a stapled paper is adequate and preferred. Homework will have varying point values as determined by the instructor.
Make-ups: Lecture and lab quizzes and lab exams cannot be made up. Emergencies involving missed exams and assignments will be handled on a case-by-case basis (see attendance policies, above).
Extra credit: The only extra credit allowed will be the use of the Extra Credit Bingo card.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date. Late assignments will receive a grade of zero. An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student’s responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above. Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The classroom is a place for learning and intellectual development for all in attendance; therefore,
Intro.; The Dev. of Plant Study; Nature of Life
1 & 2
Cells EXAM #1
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY—NO CLASS
Tissues & Roots
4 & 5
Allelopathy Set Up
Stems & Leaves
6 & 7
Flowers, Fruits, & Seeds
19-Fruits & Seeds
Water in Plants;
5 & 9
14 & 15
Plant Nutrition Lab
Growth; Meiosis & Alt. of Gen.
11 & 12
Leaf Disk Assay Lab
Plant Naming & Classification; Monera & Viruses
16 & 17
12 –Meiosis, etc.
13-K. Survey & Classification Lab
Fungi & Lichens;
Intro. To Plant Kingdom; Bryophyta
19 & 20
14-K. Archaea etc.
The Seedless Vascular Plants; Ferns, etc.
16-Bryo. & Ferns
Intro. to Seed Plants: Gynmosperms;
Seed Plants: Angiosperms
23 & 24
Lab Final TBA
BI225 Final: Wed. 5/5, 10:15a.m.-12:15p.m.
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Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95Instructor's attendance policies: It is the opinion of this instructor that class performance directly relates to class attendance. Regular attendance at lectures and labs, therefore, is imperative. The attendance policy as printed, above, will be followed as a minimum requirement. Attendance will be taken on a regular basis both in lab and lecture; unexcused and/or excessive absences (more than 5) will result in a lowered course grade of at least one letter grade. For excused absences due to illness, emergencies, scheduled field trips, university sanctioned sports trips, etc. it is the student's responsibility to communicate such with the instructor well in advance of the absence for assignment makeup, etc.
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Last Updated:12/28/2009 2:29:00 PM