2Welcome to Biology 332 Biology of Plants Fall 2010 Lecture MWF 9-10 A SC-116Laboratory R 8-11 A SC-333
3I will hold myself to this same standard! During Lectures Please Turn all Phones to SilentI will hold myself to this same standard!Text-messaging during class is prohibited!
4Professor: Ross Koning, PhD. Cell Phone:Office: Science MWF 10 T 12:30-2Website: plantphys.infoUniversity of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 1981Plant Physiology - Flower developmentMore recently: leaf development genesPlease call me Ross!
5Let’s Look at the Syllabus ObjectivesAdvanced Course for Junior/Senior Biology MajorsComprehensive Course in BotanyCovers 3 KingdomsBacteria (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)
6Let’s Look at the Syllabus More ObjectivesStructure and Function of PlantsNatural History and Evolution of PlantsExperience in Modern Phylogeny (Cladistics)Reinforce Group and Individual Learning
7Caveat:Structure, Life History, and Evolution studies all includeStructures, Processes, and Evolution of Sexual ReproductionThis botany course is therefore R-rated:RRESTRICTEDUNDER 17 REQUIRES ACCCOMPANYING PARENT OR ADULT GUARDIANPERVASIVE IMAGES OF PLANT SEX ORGANS, EXPLICIT IMAGES AND DISCUSSION OF PLANT SEXUAL REPRODUCTION, EXPLICIT SEXUAL LANGUAGE, DIRECT MANIPULATION OF PLANT SEX ORGANSIf you are uncomfortable hearing about, studying, discussing, or dissecting sexual structures, processes, and evolution, you should drop this course and select a different course.
8Let’s Look at the Syllabus ResourcesNo textbook really what I wanted, so visit: plantphys.infoIf your learning style requires a formal textbook, see syllabusIf you need a textbook and cannot afford one, see me in officeNo Laboratory Manual, so visit: plantphys.infoExercises created as we go alongYou will receive only ONE personal copy of the worksheetDo not lose your copy! If you do, print from plantphys.infoThree-Ring Binder with Zipper PouchSmall scissors, Metric ruler, Fine forcepsYou MUST have a mechanical pencil and eraser!Some people like colored pencils for this courseSimple Calculator useful (+ – x ÷ =)Flash Drive (etc.) for computer files
9Let’s Look at the Syllabus QuizzesWeekly quizzes are given at start of laboratory timeBe on time; when last on-time student finishes, all papers collected!Question types as diverse as botany is!Multiple ChoiceTrue FalseMatching (esp diagrams!)Drawings (for you to sketch)Short AnswerStructured EssayEssayAbsence from 1 Quiz: with documentation pro rataAbsence from any more Quizzes: 0 regardless of reasonNo missed quizzes? Lowest quiz score dropped!Best score = 100%, 90%+A-, 80%+B-, 70%+C-, 60%+D-Quizzes provide 35% of course gradeBe ready for any and all!
10Let’s Look at the Syllabus LaboratoryMust bring worksheet with you to class or 10% penaltyMust hand in worksheet or assignment by due dateDue dates to be announced in class: attendance criticalPapers due at beginning of lecture on due date.Papers during or after lecture are already 1-day late.Late penalty: 10% per dayAfter graded assignments returned to a classmate: 100% penaltyNo makeup of laboratory exercises ever!Laboratory work provides 35% of course grade
11Let’s Look at the Syllabus Term Project PaperThe exact nature of this term project will be announced early in the term (but not today)You will carry out the project individually all semesterYou will do the work in the greenhouse and in labIt will involve growing plants and observing and documenting what you find out about themExactly which plants you will study is what remains to be articulatedTerm project paper provides 10% of course grade
12Let’s Look at the Syllabus Comprehensive Final ExamGiven On Tuesday of Final Exam WeekQuestions will be comprehensive of entire course!Question types as diverse as botany is!Multiple ChoiceTrue FalseMatching (esp diagrams!)Drawings (for you to sketch)Short AnswerStructured EssayEssayClear your work, play, travel and other schedules NOW!Final exam provides 20% of course gradeBe ready for any and all!
13Let’s Look at the Syllabus FairnessI 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.
14Let’s Look at the Syllabus ParticipationMy estimate of participation providesLeverage into a higher gradeBarrier from a higher gradeParticipation variablesAttendance and Arriving on time!AttitudeAttention in and out of classStaying on-taskEngaged in class discussionsEffective and contributing team memberBringing required materials to classHanding in all materials on time!Asking pertinent questionsAnswering lecture questions with clarityBarriersOpposites from those at leftComplaining about workPhone/texting in classDoing the minimumTaking vacationsWatching partners workingBorrowing items from othersAvoiding all the mathSocial conversations in labSleeping in class
15Let’s Look at the Syllabus ParticipationLaboratory 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.
16Let’s Look at the Syllabus Extra CreditThere is NO extra creditNot for any oneNot for any reasonNot at any timeCheatingCopying or Plagiarism Completely ProhibitedWe share data observations only with those who helped collect themWe never share calculated results or written answers to questions
17Let’s Look at the Syllabus ParticipationIf 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, or meet with students who have completed this course in Fall
18Let’s Look at the Schedule HeadingsTentative Syllabus: subject to change…watch the website!Dates: as currently planned, subject to changeLecture Topics links to lecture notes on websitePowerPoint links for Mac, or HTML versions for older PCsLaboratory 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!