2 Welcome to Biology 332 Aloha! Biology of PlantsFall 2013Lecture MWF 9-10 AM SC-116Laboratory T 11-2 PM SC-333
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4 I 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!
5 Professor: Ross Koning, PhD. Cell Phone:Office: Science 356 – TR 3-4, F 1-2Website: plantphys.infoUniversity of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 1981Plant Physiology - Flower developmentMore recently: Leaf development genesPlease call me Ross!
6 Let’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)
7 Let’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
8 Caveat: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.
9 Let’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.infoWorksheets created as we go alongYou will receive only ONE personal copy of each 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
10 Let’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 30% of course gradeBe ready for any and all!
11 Let’s Look at the Syllabus Homework and Laboratory WorksheetsMust 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!Homework Worksheets provide 20% of course gradeLaboratory Worksheets provide 20% of course grade
12 Let’s Look at the Syllabus Term Project PaperDocumentation of Mystery Plant (30 pp. or so)Anatomy, Morphology, Development, Growth, ReproductionWhat you need to do is modeled in lab exercises!Identification of the mystery plant is almost insignificantYou will carry out the project individually all semesterYou will do the work in the greenhouse and headhouseProximity Card Is Your ResponsibilityReturn Before Final Exam or Fail the CourseIt will involve growing plants and observing and documenting what you find out about themTerm project paper provides 10% of course grade
13 Let’s Look at the Syllabus Comprehensive Final ExamGiven On Friday Dec AM (Final Exam Week)Clear your work, play, travel and other schedules NOW!Questions will be comprehensive of entire course!Sample exams are provided on websiteQuestion types as diverse as botany is!Multiple ChoiceTrue FalseMatching (esp diagrams!)Drawings (for you to sketch)Short AnswerStructured EssayEssayFinal exam provides 20% of course gradeBe ready for any and all!Likely longitudinal!
14 Let’s Look at the Syllabus FairnessI will do my level best to treat each student fairly! Ohana!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.
15 Let’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
16 Let’s Look at the Syllabus ParticipationLaboratory Exercises Are Not Book-ended in 3 Hours!ECSU Catalog Page 79:“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.
17 Let’s Look at the Syllabus Departmental Laboratory Dress CodeClosed Shoes on Tuesdays!Long Pants or Jeans or Lab Coat if you wear shorts, skirts, kiltsSlacks worn snugly at waist, no undergarment showing!!
18 Please don’t tempt me to mock you! I’m promising this will never happen!
19 “Hey Ross, can you show me the xylem cells in this stem cross section
20 Let’s Look at the Syllabus Departmental Laboratory Dress CodeClosed Shoes on Tuesdays!Long Pants or Jeans or Lab Coat if you wear shorts, skirts, kiltsSlacks worn snugly at waist, no undergarment showing!!Hats are not allowed in any lecture or laboratoryHair longer than earlobes must be secured with hair-tie in laboratoryNeither food nor drink are allowed in laboratoryDo not come to class in your pajamas and slippers!!Field trip and Campus walks:Closed Shoes or BootsLong Pants and Long SleevesCool/Warm Clothing (coat, hat, gloves?)Sun Gear/Rain Gear (hat/buff, sunscreen, snack, water bottle?)Insect Gear (repellent, epinephrine pen?)
21 Let’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
22 Let’s Look at the Syllabus Extra CreditThere is NO extra creditNot for any oneNot for any reasonNot at any timeThere may be bonuses for all to tryThere will be extra work for those needing Bio 050Irrelevant to the grade earned in this classCheatingCopying or Plagiarism Completely ProhibitedWe share data observations only with those who helped collect themWe never share calculated results or written answers to questions
23 Let’s Look at the Schedule HeadingsTentative Syllabus: subject to change…watch the website!Dates: as currently planned, subject to changeLecture/Lab Topics links to lecture notes on websitePowerPoint links for Mac, or HTML versions for older PCsLaboratory Worksheets: Print out if you have lost yours!Homework Worksheets: Print out if you have lost yours!Preparation Readings, Other Resources, Excel files, etc.There are no in-semester Exams, just Quizzes, but there is a Final Exam!