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Welcome to Biology 332
Biology of Plants
Fall 2009
Lecture MWF 9-10 A SC-116
Laboratory R 11-2 P SC-333
During Lectures Please Turn all Phones to Silent
I will hold myself to this same standard!
Text-messaging during class is prohibited!
Professor: Ross Koning, PhD.
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Cell Phone: 933-2712
Office: Science 356 - MWF 10 R 8-9:30
Email: [email protected]
Website: plantphys.info
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 1981
Plant Physiology - Flower development
More recently: leaf development genes
Please call me Ross!
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Objectives
•Advanced Course for Junior/Senior Biology Majors
•Comprehensive Course in Botany
•Covers 3 Kingdoms
»Bacteria (Cyanobacteria--blue-green algae)
»Protista? (Chlorophyta--green algae)
»Plantae (plants)
 Bryophyta (mosses, liverworts, hornworts)
 Psilophyta, Lycophyta, Equisetophyta, Pteridophyta (ferns and
allies)
 Coniferophyta (conifers)
 Anthophyta (flowering plants: monocots and dicots)
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More Objectives
•Structure and Function of Plants
•Natural History and Evolution of Plants
•Experience in Modern Phylogeny (Cladistics)
•Reinforce Group and Individual Learning
Caveat: Structure, Life History, and Evolution studies all include
Structures, Processes, and Evolution of Sexual Reproduction
This botany course is therefore R-rated:
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RESTRICTED
UNDER 17 REQUIRES ACCCOMPANYING
PARENT OR ADULT GUARDIAN
PERVASIVE IMAGES OF PLANT SEX ORGANS,
EXPLICIT IMAGES AND DISCUSSION OF PLANT
SEXUAL REPRODUCTION, EXPLICIT SEXUAL
LANGUAGE, DIRECT MANIPULATION OF PLANT
SEX ORGANS
If you are uncomfortable hearing about, studying, discussing,
or dissecting sexual structures, processes, and evolution, you
should drop this course and select a different course.
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Resources
•No textbook really what I wanted, so visit: plantphys.info
»If your learning style requires a formal textbook, see me in office.
•No Laboratory Manual, so visit: plantphys.info
»Exercises created as we go along
»You will receive only ONE personal copy of the worksheet
»Do not lose your copy! If you do, print from plantphys.info
•Three-Ring Binder with Zipper Pouch
»Small scissors, Metric ruler, Fine forceps
»You MUST have a mechanical pencil and eraser!
»Some people like colored pencils for this course
»Simple Calculator useful (+ – x ÷ =)
»Flash Drive (etc.) for computer files
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Quizzes
•Weekly quizzes are given at start of laboratory time
•Be on time; when last on-time student finishes, all papers collected!
•Question types as diverse as botany is!
»Multiple Choice
»True False
»Matching (esp diagrams!)
»Drawings (for you to sketch)
»Short Answer
»Structured Essay
»Essay
Be ready for any and all!
•Absence from 1 Quiz: with documentation pro rata
•Absence from any more Quizzes: 0 regardless of reason
•No missed quizzes? Lowest quiz score dropped!
•Best score = 100%, 90%+A-, 80%+B-, 70%+C-, 60%+D•Quizzes provide 40% of course grade
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Laboratory
• Must bring worksheet with you to class or 10% penalty
• Must hand in worksheet or assignment by due date
»Due dates to be announced in class: attendance critical
»Papers due at beginning of lecture on due date.
»Papers during or after lecture are already 1-day late.
»Late penalty: 10% per day
»After graded assignments returned to a classmate: 100% penalty
• No makeup of laboratory exercises ever!
• Laboratory work provides 40% of course grade
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Comprehensive Final Exam
• Given On Wednesday of Final Exam Week
• Questions will be comprehensive of entire course!
• Question types as diverse as botany is!
»Multiple Choice
»True False
»Matching (esp diagrams!)
»Drawings (for you to sketch)
»Short Answer
»Structured Essay
»Essay
Be ready for any and all!
• Clear your work, play, travel and other schedules NOW!
• Final exam provides 20% of course grade
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Fairness
• I will do my level best to treat each student fairly!
• If you feel there is any unfairness, come to my office!
»Numerical scoring errors corrected without discussion.
»Partial credit reassessment with discussion.
»Pairwise comparisons: both please appear with both papers.
»I will not reduce the score of either party.
»We will discuss the two responses and grading seriously.
»Labels on diagrams do not earn points unless connected to image.
»I am open to your suggestions for improvement of objectivity.
• I cannot correct any errors unless you bring them to me in
a timely way! Please do so within 1 week of paper return.
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Participation
• My estimate of participation provides
»Leverage into a higher grade
»Barrier from a higher grade
• Participation variables
• Barriers
»Attendance and Arriving on time!
»Attitude
»Attention in and out of class
»Staying on-task
»Engaged in class discussions
»Effective and contributing team member
»Bringing required materials to class
»Handing in all materials on time!
»Asking pertinent questions
»Answering lecture questions with clarity
»Opposites from those at left
»Complaining about work
»Phone/texting in class
»Doing the minimum
»Taking vacations
»Watching partners working
»Borrowing items from others
»Avoiding all the math
»Social conversations in lab
»Sleeping in class
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Participation
Laboratory Exercises Are Not Book-ended in 3 Hours!
ECSU Catalog Page 60:
“As a general rule, students should assume the following
obligations as they undertake coursework: to spend at least
two hours in preparation or study outside of class for each
hour in class”
So for each 3-hour laboratory period you should be spending at
least 6 hours at home finishing the laboratory worksheets!
Distinguishing laboratory work from homework on the worksheets
is critical to completing lab work within the 3 hours.
Lab exercises are not too long if you stay on task and leave
homework for homework…and avoid social conversation in class.
Let’s Look at the Syllabus
Extra Credit
• There is NO extra credit
»Not for any one
»Not for any reason
»Not at any time
Cheating
• Copying or Plagiarism Completely Prohibited
»We share data observations only with those who helped collect them
»We never share calculated results or written answers to questions
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Participation
• If you are a student with a disability, and believe you will
need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility
to immediately contact the office of AccessAbility Services.
• I cannot provide any accommodations for anyone until I
have received a directive letter from the office of
AccessAbility Services.
• If you are having difficulty with this course, I encourage
you to come to my office hours, to meet with Matt Boser,
our Teaching Assistant, or with students who have
completed this course in Fall 2008.
Let’s Look at the Schedule
Headings
• Tentative Syllabus: subject to change…watch the website!
• Dates: as currently planned, subject to change
• Lecture Topics links to lecture notes on website
• PowerPoint links for Mac, or HTML versions for older PCs
• Laboratory Exercises: Print out if you have lost yours!
• Readings, Vocab, Other Resources, Excel files, etc.
• There are no in-semester Exams, but there is a Final Exam!
Field Trip Meeting One Week from Thursday 11 AM at
Arboretum Lot

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